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Kent League Round-Up: Weather dampens results

Monday 8th July 2024

Kent Cricket

The weather caused havoc to some of the Kent Cricket League fixtures at the weekend, with a number of matches being abandoned, and other results being decided by Duckworth-Lewis calculations.

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Premier Division leaders, Minster (Sheppey) have a 26 point lead at the top, after their six wicket victory, away to St Lawrence and Highland Court, whilst second placed Hayes, won by eight wickets, away at Lordswood, as we reach the halfway stage of the competition.

After St Lawrence were all out for 218, in 49.2 overs, Matt Hammond 79, James Speer 5 for 44, Minster were set a revised score of 199 from 45 overs, for victory, and got their win, 201 for 4 in the 42nd over, Dan Stickels 73, David Masters 62.

A comfortable win for Hayes, in a low scoring match, with Lordswood bowled out for 141, Jack Laraman 52, Alfie Peck 3 for 27. The visitors coasting to victory, 142 for 2, from 29.4 overs, Finnan Bryan and Finlay Baker, both scoring 43 runs apiece.

Tunbridge Wells were seven wicket winners, at home to Blackheath, the result being decided under D/L. The visitors all out for 137 in 43.3 overs, Dileepa Jayalath 3 for 29. Wells, then set 118 to win, from 34 overs, reached their  target  in just 16.4, Chris Williams 38.

A three wicket win for Sandwich, at home to Bexley, who reached 201 for 9 from 48 overs, Jack Sinfield 42, Zack Fagg 3 for 47. Needing a revised target of 203 from their 48 overs, the home side won, 203 for 7 in the 46th, Tom Chapman 50, Kent fast bowler, Jas Singh 3 for 41.

Although some play was possible between Bickley Park and Canterbury, the rain proved the winner in the end, the match being abandoned, with the home side on 44 for 1 from five overs, after the visitors were 125 for 9 from 23 overs.

In the Championship Division, leaders Whitstable, who have a five point advantage at the top,, enjoyed a crushing nine wicket victory, at home to Linden Park, 190 for 1, Liam Tegg 88 not out, Bryan Gould 86, after the visitors were all out for 189, Paul Seldon 82, Will Cook 4 for 23, Elliot Lewis 3 for 34.

A big win too for Holmesdale, by 113 runs, away at Dartford, in another match affected by the weather. Leo Carter scored a century for the visitors, 105, with 11 boundaries, and four sixes, in their 197 for 4, from 32 overs. The home side set a winning target of 217 from 32 overs, crumbled to 103 all out, Freddie Brushett 4 for 18, Dom May 3 for 24.

In a close finish, Bromley were two wicket winners, away at Broadstairs, who scored 161, Henry Railz 4 for 22. Ollie Sheets 40 not out, Jake Benfield 3 for 36, as the visitors got the win, 162 for 8, with three deliveries of their innings left.

The matches between Leeds/Broomfield and Beckenham, and Sevenoaks Vine and The Mote were both abandoned, although there was some play in the latter match, The Vine 119 for 1 from 20, the visitors 35 for 0, needing 145 from 20 overs, when the rain ended the match

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