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Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League Premier Division wrap

By Richard Harvey

Ollie Howick scored 95 to help Sevenoaks Vine retain their five-point lead at the top of the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League Premier Division after a two-wicket win over Sandwich on Saturday.

Howick and Kent all-rounder Fabian Cowdrey (73) shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 162 as Vine scored 242-8 in reply to Sandwich’s 239-9.

Paceman Matthew Hunn took 5-46 for Sandwich.

Canterbury opener James Lilley in action during his innings of 94 against Bromley on Saturday.

Earlier, Sandwich opener, Aussie Marnus Labuschagne, the leading run scorer in the division, top scored with 81 while Robert Goatham made 59.

Second-placed Blackheath beat bottom side Bickley Park by 42 runs.

Tanweer Sikander (53) and Dipayan Paul (52) made the major contributions as Blackheath posted 236 with Nayan Doshi taking 4-20.

Bickley finished on 194-6 in reply with Dan Magin top scoring with 43.

Champions Hartley remain third after a one-run win at Bexley.

Dan Stickels (74) and Shane Deitz (48) led the way as Hartley made 246 despite the efforts of Kent duo Adam Ball (3-51) and Adam Riley (3-43).

Bexley opener George Wells (92) led the reply while Ball hit 42 before No.11 Stanley Wells was run out off the penultimate ball of the game.

James Thompson finished with 4-27.

Canterbury moved out of the bottom two after beating Bromley by 112 runs.

Opener James Lilley hit 12 fours in his 94 as Canterbury posted 237-7.

Bromley collapsed to 30-5 in reply before finally being dismissed for 125 with James Butterfill top-scoring with 36.

Stuart Drakeley (3-19) and Stuart Phazey (3-25) did the damage with the ball.

In the other game of the round, Beckenham lost to Lordswood by three wickets.

Alex Senn and Will McVicar both made 52 as Beckenham finished their 50 overs on 218-6.

Chris Piesley made an unbeaten 71 to guide Lordswood to 219-7 with 3.5 overs to spare.

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