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Kent League Round-Up: Weather plays a part

Tuesday 18th June 2024

Kent Cricket

The wet weather played a big part in the Kent Cricket League fixtures, at the weekend, with a number of abandoned games across the divisions, with Premier sides, Bickley Park and Blackheath, and Lordswood versus Bexley, seeing their matches called off.

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Premier Division leaders Minster (Sheppey) , away to Canterbury, at Polo Farm, got their match played, and gained a convincing 70-run win, in a fixture reduced to 40 overs a side. After posting 264 for 7, Chris Piesley 66, Kai Appleby 64, Jarred Lysaught 3 or 82, they then bowled their hosts out for 194, Jarryd Taig 56, Lysaught 62. Some devastating bowling from Bill Prideaux 3 for 8, James Thompson 3 for 36.

Hayes, were 52 run victors, away at Sandwich, Kent Second Eleven batter, Gareth Severin 63, Will MacVicar 57, in their 202 for 4, in a 30 overs a side match. Former Kent player Alex Blake, took two wickets for seven runs, and Finlay Baker 2 for 33 as the home side could only make 150 for 6, Rory Smith 59.

There was a narrow 12 run win for Tunbridge Wells, as they travelled to play St Lawrence and Highland Court, for their 35 overs match. The Wells made 196 for 8, Kent Academy Scholar, Ben Dawkins 50, with two sixes and five boundaries, Chris Williams, also with a half century 50, hitting five boundaries and four sixes, Jamie Hemphrey 3 for 37, Jason Sangha 3 for 28. The home side, fell short in their victory run chase, reaching 184 for 8 in reply, Sudesh Thakur 68, Michael Waller 3 for 36.

Minster lead the Premier Division by 11 points, with Sandwich currently in bottom place.

Whitstable have a six point advantage, in the Championship Division over Broadstairs, after they gained a crushing 206 run victory, at home to Leeds and Broomfield, whilst “Stairs” were involved in a thrilling finish, at home to Holmesdale, the match ending in a tie, after their 40 over a side encounter.

Whitstable  scored 336 for 9, an excellent century, exactly 100, with three sixes, and 11 boundaries, from Finn Carter, Stuart Drakeley 86, George Sturges 3 for 62. The visitors crumbled to 130 all out, Kent’s young all-rounder Jaydn Denly 3 for 30, Liam Tegg 3 for 1 in two lethal overs.

Broadstairs scored 160 for 9 in their match, George Kidd 57, Anthony Bissett, an impressive 4 for 11. Holmesdale 160 all out, with two deliveries left of their innings, Bissett 43, Freddie Corner 4 for 36 so the scores level.

Kent Academy student Vish Parakirama 51, with seven fours, as Bromley won away at Dartford by six wickets under Duckworth-Lewis, their 133 for 4 from 20.1 overs proving enough, after the home side had made 169 for 5, Gary Cook 52, Joe Reynolds 50.

Two matches were abandoned in the Division. Sevenoaks Vine against Beckenham and The Mote versus Linden Park.

By Peter Burrowes

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