Kent League Round-Up: Title race to go down to the wire

Monday 22nd August 2022

Kent League Round-Up: Title race to go down to the wire

With two weeks of the season remaining, Hayes Cricket Club, and Minster (Sheppey), are battling it out for the Premier Division title

Both sides surprisingly lost their weekend matches, as the pressure mounts, and Hayes have an 11 point advantage over their nearest rivals, in the race to become champions.

Hayes went down by 48 runs, at home to Blackheath, whilst Minster suffered a 71 run defeat, away to Tunbridge Wells, at the Nevill Ground. After bowling Blackheath out for 162, Ross Richardson 51, Kent’s Alex Blake 3 for 26, Hayes batting collapsed to 114 all out, in 42.1 overs in their reply. Tanweer Sikandar taking an impressive 3 for 9, for the visitors.

Minster missed out on closing the gap at the top, scoring just 205 against Wells, Ed Moore 58, in reply to the home sides 276 for 7, Chris Williams with an excellent century, 103 with 11 fours and five sixes. Alex Williams 63, Greg Lamb 5 for 37.

At the bottom of the table relegated Beckenham came up with a 63 run victory, away to Sandwich, who along with Bickley Park, could also face the drop, depending on their last two results. Archie Holman scored 56, and Ross Clements 50, in the visitors 227 for 6. In reply Sandwich were all out for 164, Zak Fagg 59, Ishan Sabharwal 4 for 31, James Ronay 3 for 26.

Bickley Park, lost at home to Bexley, by 31 runs, the visitors scoring 266 for 4, Shaun Evans 65, and an excellent 107, with 12 boundaries and a six from George Haley, Elliott Hooper 3 for 40. Former Kent all-rounder, Adam Ball, took 3 for 32, as the home side were dismissed in their reply for 235, Seb Taylor 42.

Lordswood beat Sevenoaks Vine by five wickets. Vine scored 204 for 9, Luke Schlemmer 51, Scottish International, Calum MacLeod 3 for 30. MacLeod then scored 70 and Jack Laraman 46, as the home side took 46.2 overs to reach their winning target, 206 for 5.

In Division One, St Lawrence and Highland Court, and Holmesdale, who played each other at the weekend, are the top two chasing promotion, having been in those positions for most of the season. St Lawrence won their encounter by 61 runs to stay top, scoring an impressive 325 for 9, Will Hilton, one short of a century, 99, with 10 boundaries, and five sixes, Charlie Nash 73, and Kent all-rounder, Darren Stevens, returning from injury, 37. The visitors were all out for 264, Carlos Maynard 93, Mickey Edwards 4 for 48, Jamie Hemphrey 3 for 41.

At the bottom of the division, Bromley Common are relegated, and there is a real tussle to avoid the drop with them, one point separating, Dartford, Folkestone, and Old Wilsonians.

Dartford 172 for 9, from their 50 overs, lost by 16 runs, away to Linden Park, who scored 188 , Richie Hartley 3 for 54. John Smyth his exactly 50 for Dartford, Fred Hulbert 3 for 24.

Folkestone lost by just eight runs, at home to The Mote, despite a century, 107, with 10 boundaries and three sixes, from Stuart Graham, in their 278 for 8, replying to the visitors 286 for 6, Jesse Christensen 50, Chris Back 79.

Old Wilsonians crushed Bromley Common by 155 runs, the visitors slumping to 166 all out replying to 321 for 5, which included a brilliant 146, from Matt Golding, with eight sixes, and ten fours, Syd Sherlock 59, James Butterfill 3 for 50. Commons innings was destroyed by Mike Mitchell, with 5 for 41, despite 53, from Leigh Walker.

Bromley beat Canterbury by eight wickets, after bowling their visitors out for just 97, Jack Edwards 4 for 28. They knocked off the winning runs in just 12.2 overs, 101 for 2, Stan Greenleaf 48.

By Peter Burrowes

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