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Beckenham win the Kent Cricket League Premier Division but Hartley Country Club are relegated

By KentOnline reporter

Beckenham have won the Kent League Premier Division for the first time.

They won 14 of their 18 matches across the summer and finished 14 points clear of runners-up Bexley after thrashing relegated Holmesdale by 158 runs on the final day of the season.

Bexley's win at Hartley Country Club may not have been enough to secure the title but it sent Hartley back down to Division 1 for the first time since 2007.

Hartley Country Club captain James Cramp Picture Andy Payton

Hartley Country Club captain James Cramp Picture: Andy Payton

Hartley have won the title six times in the last decade but their era of dominance ended emphatically this season as they won just four matches - and none of their last 10.

They were relegated despite having the two highest-scoring batsmen in the league.

Overseas player Dominic Hendricks hit 824 and Richard Selvey-Clinton scored 720 with both men averaging above 50 but it was Hartley's bowling which let them down across the season.

Beckenham's William MacVicar was the league's top bowler, taking 40 wickets at an average of 12.28.

Bickley Park won Division 1 and they'll be joined in the Premier Division next season by runners-up Bromley Common, who have reached the top tier for the first time.

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