Kent League Round-Up: Hayes top Premier Division

Tuesday 31st May 2022

Kent League Round-Up: Hayes top Premier Division

Newly promoted Hayes Cricket Club won their fourth successive Premier Division match, with a two wicket victory at home to Tunbridge Wells, and have already established a 14 point lead at the top of the table.

They bowled their visitors out for 112 in 38.2 overs, Andrew Eddicott taking 4 for 32, and Will MacVicar 2 for 11. Kent’s Alex Blake had a quiet match by his standards, failing to take a wicket, 0 for 20 in his four overs, and he was out for just one run, as Hayes reached their winning target of 114 for 8 in 34.3 overs, Beau Cauldrey 24 not out, Ryan O’Beirne 3 for 27.

Sevenoaks Vine inflicted a fourth successive defeat on Beckenham, the home side losing by four wickets. They were dismissed for 138, Harri Aravinthan 62, Chris Vernon 4 for 22, Yodhin Punja 3 for 43, Kent spinner James Logan 2 for 28. Vernon then scored a half century, 57, and Evert Bekker 51, as the Vine reached a winning total 141 for 6 in 34.5 0vers, Rob Clements 2 for 27, Kamran Khan 2 for 23.

Blackheath beat last seasons champions Bexley by 53 runs at the Rectory Field, 203 all out in 43.3 overs, proving  enough runs with the visitors dismissed in 47.5 overs for 150. In the home innings Mahi Mahfuzel scored 70, with five boundaries and a six, and Tanweer Sikandar 65, nine fours and a six. Bexley’s New Zealand overseas player, Ed Nuttall took 3 for 21, and former Kent players Adam Ball and Adam Riley took 1 for 27, and 0 for 32 respectively. In the visitors innings, wicket-keeper Ben Aldred scored 30, and Kent’s teenage bowler Jas Singh hit 28 runs with the bat.

Lordswood suffered a 28 run defeat at home to Bickley Park, crashing to 105 all out in 32.5 overs, replying to Parks 177. In the visitors innings, Michael Ridley made 49, Touseeq 4 for 37, former Kent Academy scholar, Hugh Scott 3 for 35. In the home sides low score Kent Second XI player Max Luckett took 3 for 20 and Daniel Magin 3 for 29.

Joe Parry produced an excellent all-round performance for Minster (Sheppey) as they won away at Sandwich by 15 runs. He hit 73 in his sides 210, and then took 3 for 45 as the home side were all out for 195. In the Minster innings David Grant took 3 for 53 and former  Kent Second Eleven player Jan Gray, a creditable 5 for 35. Although Kai Smith scored 60 for Sandwich and Tom Burnap 47 they fell short of their target.

In Division One there were big wins for Dartford, and leaders St Lawrence and Highland. Bromley Common lost by 112 runs at home to Dartford only making a score of 100 in 27.5 overs replying to the visitors 212 for 9. Their innings was destroyed by a brilliant spell of bowling, 5 for 14, from Gurveer Singh Saine, James Butterfill made 23. In Dartford’s innings, Scott McKechnie 57, James Cramp 4 for 49.

Folkestone were crushed by a massive 204 runs by St Lawrence, slumping to 62 all out replying to the visitors 266 for 6. The damage was done by Michael Edwards with 5 wickets for 14 runs. Michael Hales 61, Harry Wren 44, and Will Hilton 41 in the visitors innings.

There was a 61 run victory for Maidstone based The Mote, at home to Canterbury, Phil Apps 48, Michael Ruffell 48, Lloyd Pope 4 for 58 in their 222. The visitors all out for 161, former Kent Academy scholar, Isaac Dilkes 36, Alex Beck 35. Two wickets apiece for Abdul Majid Khan, Tom Harvey and Jesse Christensen.

Bromley were all out for 100 in 41.1 overs when they visited Linden Park and lost by 77 runs replying to the home sides 177, James Speer 3 for 26. Sadiq Hassan scored 52 for Park and Graeme Francis 45. Mohammed Anas taking 3 for 36 for the defeated visitors.

Holmesdale were 18 run victors away at Old Wilsonians, Ben Fawcett 41 not out in their 193 for 8, Dave Ellicott-White 3 for 38. Fawcett then took 3 for 31 as the home side were dismissed for 175, despite 73 from Matt Golding.

By Peter Burrowes

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