Kent League Round-Up: Minster go top

Sunday 2nd June 2024

Kent Cricket

Kent League Round-Up: Minster go top

Kent Cricket League champions, Lordswood, unbeaten in their first three matches this season, suffered a surprise six wicket defeat, to bottom of the Premier Division, Tunbridge Wells, and were knocked off top spot, to be replaced by Minster (Sheppey).

The home side were bowled out for 165 in 40.3 overs, Matt Barker taking 3 for 41 for Wells, and Michael Waller 3 for 22. Owen Palmer made 43, for Lordswood, and Lindon Lockhart 41. The visitors reached their winning target, 167 for 4, in 34.4 overs, Will Stickler 51, Chris Williams 48, Alex Williams 47.

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There was a close finish, in the match between Bickley Park, and Bexley, the home side winning by one wicket, with three deliveries to spare, former Bexley bowler Jason Benn, seeing his side to victory, against his former club, 194 for 9, after the visitors had posted 190 for 9, from their 50 overs.

Parks all-rounder, and former Kent McSpitfire, Elliot Hooper 70, with six boundaries, and two sixes, Jack Sinfield 3 for 45, Freddie Foster 3 for 33. Captain, Matthew Stiddard scored 50, for Bexley, Ishmail Baharami 4 for 52.

A comfortable 74 run victory, for Canterbury, against Blackheath, at Polo Farm, Anthony Mosca 55, in their 196 total. They then hustled the visitors out for 122, Cameron Wilshaw 4 for 30, Syan Bulathsinhala 3 for 15.

St Lawrence and Highland Court, won away at Sandwich, by three wickets. The home side 173 all out, in 30 overs,, Ben Chapman 56, Tom Copestake 3 for 28, Josh Julian 5 for 31. Jason Sanglia hit 77 runs, for the visitors, as they reached a winning score, 174 for 7, in the 30th over.

Minster (Sheppey) won away at Hayes, by 35 runs, Kai Appleby scoring 63, and former Essex player, Aron Nijjar 51, in their 187 total, Scott Gallagher 4 for 31. In reply Hayes, all out 152, Kent Second Eleven batter, Gareth Severin, 36, Will MacVicar 33, James Speer 4 for 50.

Broadstairs lead the Championship Division, by two points, despite losing at home, by three wickets to Whitstable. They were 194 all out in 48.3 overs, Nathan Fox 65, Harry Fulton 3 for 28. The visitors reached their winning target, 195 for 7, with father, and son, Denly top scoring, Kent Rookie, Jaydn 39, and wicket-keeper dad, Sam 34, Matt Frewin 3 for 46.

Dartford, were skittled out for just 65 runs, at Hesketh Park, visitors, Leeds and Broomfield, struggling themselves, before finally winning, by four wickets, 68 for 6. Phil Semmens took 5 for 16, to demolish the home sides innings. Alex Cullingham 4 for 21 for Dartford.

Sevenoaks Vine, went down by 72 runs, at home to Bromley. They were bowled out for 153, after the visitors had posted 225 for 8, Stan Greenleaf 71, Ollie Streets 55, Tom Richards 3 for 29, Henry Proctor 3 for 40. Ben Price 71, for The Vine, Krishen Daniels 5 for 33, with a winning spell of bowling.

There was a 41 run victory for Beckenham, away to The Mote. They made 200 for 6, Gethin Roberts 77, Dylan de Villiers 4 for 43. The home side dismissed for 159, Christian Roberts 55, Malusi Soboto 3 for 27.

Rupert Harbig scored 51, for Holmesdale, in their winning 176 for 7, Max Campbell 3 for 41. after visitors, Linden Park were all out for 174, Jack Hulston 4 for 53.

By Peter Burrowes

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