Kent League Round-Up: Washouts Aplenty

Monday 24th July 2023

Kent League Round-Up: Washouts Aplenty

Abandoned. That was the word that dominated the Kent Cricket League, at the weekend, with every match in the Premier and Championship Divisions called off, after all of them had started on time, because of persistent heavy rain in the afternoon.

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It was a similar story throughout all the Divisions, with the wettest Saturday of the summer creating havoc to the scheduled programme of matches, bringing disappointment and frustration, to players and spectators alike.

It meant there was no change at the top and bottom of the top two Divisions, Bexley Cricket Club, still leading the way in the Premier, and Bickley Park are leading the Championship chase for promotion.

Bexley’s innings, away to Minster (Sheppey) had reached the halfway mark, 25 overs, at 109 for 4, when the rain intervened. Matthew Stiddard was 44 not out, and Kent Second Eleven wicket-keeper, Ben Aldred, 23 not out.

Tunbridge Wells had reached 107 for 1, away at Hayes, Chris Williams 57, when their match was hit by the bad weather. Kent Second Eleven all-rounder, Jas Bassan, scored 28 for Blackheath, in their 79 for 2, away at Holmesdale, whilst Sandwich managed just 17 overs of their innings, 58 for 3, when they visited Lordswood, and Sevenoaks Vine’s match with St Lawrence and Highland Court, lasted just 14 overs, 57 for 2, before the rain intervened.

In the Championship Division, Beckenham, were 64 for 2, from 16 overs, at home, to Linden Park. John Smyth was not out 26, for Dartford, in their 66 for 2, away at the leaders Bickley Park, Folkestone reached 110 for 5, Shaheer Malik 31, at home to Canterbury, before the rain hit the south coast resort. Thirteen overs were bowled, as OD CUACO reached 42 for 1, at home to Whitstable, whilst The Mote, were struggling at 83 for 7, at home to Bromley, when their match was called off after 24 overs.

By Peter Burrowes

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