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Qayyum five-wicket haul as battling Bromley beat leaders

Saturday 20th August 2016

Men’s First Team

Imran Qayyum’s five-wicket haul span Bromley to victory at home to Shepherd Neame Premier League leaders Hartley Country Club.

The left-arm spinner picked up 5/23 in 9.3 overs as Hartley were dismissed for 180 to clinch the win which boosts their survival hopes.

Former Kent man Yasir Arafat hit 62 in Bromley’s total of 203.

Second-placed Blackheath kept the pressure on Hartley at the top with a low-scoring win at relegation-threatened Lordswood.

Blackheath sit 16 points behind the leaders with two games to play: Beckenham at home next Saturday (27 Aug) and away at Tunbridge Wells in the final fixture on 3 September.

Hartley face Lordswood next weekend with a trip to demoted Dartford on the last day of the season.

Bexley moved away from the relegation battle with a win at third-placed Tenterden despite Sam Weller’s 3/53 for the hosts.

Aryan Jain (92) and Matt Stiddard (50) helped Bexley to 219-8 and in reply, Chris Vernon and Tyler Griffin both hit half-centuries for Tenterden.

Harry Furze took 5/29 and Adam Riley conceded 30 runs in 10 overs as the visitors squeezed the scoring to secure a six-run victory.

Fourth-placed Beckenham beat Tunbridge Wells at The Nevill Ground despite a fine all-round display from academy scholar Marcus O’Riordan.

The 18-year-old celebrated A Level exam success with a fine spell of 2/38 and 42 with the bat.

Beckenham posted a total of 290 thanks to half-centuries from Chris Isles and Will MacVicar.

In reply, only opener Chris Williams passed 50 with O’Riordan’s younger brother and fellow scholar Julian stranded on nine not out as Wells were dismissed for 236 and dropped into the relegation zone.

Kent wicketkeeper Callum Jackson continued his fine form for Dartford with 57 in a defeat at home to Sevenoaks Vine.

County colleague Zak Crawley helped Vine to victory with 17 not out after John Bowden (88) and Evert Bekker (83) set up the win at Hesketh Park.

Premier League table

In Division One, Hugh Bernard, Mitch Claydon and James Tredwell turned out for Folkestone but could not win at Gore Court in a keenly-fought basement battle.

Former Kent batsmen Steve Marsh (68) and Chris Piesley (84*) helped the hosts to 253 for four.

Tredwell took 2/36, Claydon took 1/31 and Kent Cricket Academy scholar Tom Davis took 1/35.

In reply, Folkestone were 171 all out as Piesley picked up 4-44 to seal the win.

Elsewhere in Division One, Matt Hunn took 2/40 and scored 16 not out as Sandwich Town lost at home to HSBC.

The visitors chased down a target of 278 to win with four balls to spare.

Academy scholar Ollie Hills took 1/17 for The Mote as they defeated promotion rivals Canterbury at home.

Division One table