Kent League Round-Up: Season starts across the county

Monday 13th May 2024

Kent Cricket

Kent League Round-Up: Season starts across the county

Newly promoted, St Lawrence and Highland Court Cricket Club got their Kent Cricket League Premier Division season off to a perfect start, with a four wicket home victory, over Bickley Park, thanks largely to a Darren Stevens masterclass.

The former Kent all-rounder took 3 for 30, as the visitors were bowled out for 210, and then scored an unbeaten century, 114 not out, with a six and 14 fours, as his side reached their winning target, 211 for 4, in 46.4 overs. In the Bickley Park innings, Ranjit Singh scored 43.

Champions Lordswood were 23 run winners at home to Sandwich. The visitors were all out in 37 overs for 176, chasing the home sides 199. Zak Fagg 46, Thando Ntini 4 for 25, former Kent Second Eleven player, Joe Gordon 2 for 7. For Lordswood Owen Palmer scored 88, with 11 fours and two sixes, Harry Bee 4 for 40.

Canterbury, also newly promoted to the Premier Division, won a low scoring encounter against Tunbridge Wells, at the Nevill Ground. The home side who included Kent Second team captain, Marcus O’Riordan, and Academy scholar Ben Dawkins, were bowled out for just 78 runs, Michael Waller 22, Anthony Mosca 3 for 10. A six wicket success for the visitors who knocked the winning runs off 79 for 4, in 32.2 overs, Mosca 25.

Minster (Sheppey) were four wicket winners away to Blackheath, at the Rectory Field, the home side all out for 165, Kent Second Eleven player, Tejpar Birdi 29, George Wells 29, Matt Golding 29, Kai Appleby 4 for 15. Minster 168 for 6, James Thompson 44 not out, Dan Stickles 43 Quinn Sunde 41, Golding 3 for 28.

Despite scoring 82 for Hayes, former Kent batter Alex Blake, was on the losing side in their match away at Bexley. Blake struck a six, and half a dozen fours, in his innings, as his side reached 193 for 7.

The home sides captain, Matthew Stiddard with 56, and Shaun Evans, who retired not out 48, with cramp, saw Bexley to victory, 196 for 4.

There was also some excellent cricket played in the Championship Division, with Kent batter, Tawanda Muyeye scoring 76, with four sixes, and seven fours, for Bromley in their six wicket win at home to Holmesdale, reaching their target of 242, after the visitors had been bowled out on 241. Stan Greenleaf hit 72 for the home side and Henry Railz 50. Two wickets apiece for Jack Hilston, and Anthony Bassett. Holmesdale were beaten, despite a century from Lee Carter, 113, with seven sixes and five boundaries. Marcus Lilley 3 for 36.

There was a fine bowling performance for Whitstable from Ethan Saggers, son of the former Kent bowler and international umpire, Martin Saggers, the youngster taking four wickets for five runs as relegated Sevenoaks Vine were bundled out for just 54, Will Cook 3 for 20. The home side reached the winning 58 for 2 total, in just 8.1 overs, Liam Tegg 28 not out. Kent fast bowler, George Garrett taking one of the wickets to fall.

Matt Aitkens 108, with 14 fours for Leeds and Broomfield failed to get them success, losing by five wickets to The Mote, the home side making 221 for 9, Dylan De Villiers 6 for 41. He then scored 61 and Matt White 84 as the visitors reached a winning 225 for 5.

Clarry McCague, son of former Kent fast bowler, Martin McCague took 2 for 43

Beckenham were winners at home to Linden Park, by 16 runs. They scored 204 for 8 from their 50 overs, Gethin Roberts 63, Callum Begg 58, Max Campbell 3 for 29. In reply the visitors could only reach 188 for 8, Sadiq Hassan 43.

Broadstairs won away at Dartford by 17 runs, 202, Nathan Fox 55, Matt Frewin 55, Milind Mondal 52, Richard Harvey 3 for 26. The home side all out in 49 overs for 185, Joe Chapelhow 41, Mondal 3 for 30.

By Peter Burrowes

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