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Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League Premier Division round-up

07 July 2014
by Alex Hoad
Canterbury skipper Stuart Drakeley bowls against Beckenham on Saturday Picture Alan Langley

Canterbury skipper Stuart Drakeley bowls against Beckenham on Saturday Picture: Alan Langley

 
Sevenoaks Vine took over at the top of the Kent League Premier Division after their first-against-second clash with Blackheath was washed-out.
 
Vine claimed three more points than their hosts in an incomplete game to go joint level at the top, but taking over first place on games won.
 
Heath could only amass 151-9 from their 55 overs with Kent all-rounder Calum Haggett continuing his rich vein of form with the bat with 47.
 
Luke Blackaby claimed 3-13 for Vine as Heath lost four wickets for the addition of just 11 runs at one stage, though the onset of bad weather meant they were unable to begin their reply.
 
The hosts had to settle for six points while the visitors' tally was boosted to nine by four bowling points.
 
Hartley closed the gap on the leaders to 16 points with an eight-wicket home win over Lordswood.
 
Jack Laraman (3-36) and James Hockley (2-11) helped dismiss Wood for just 142, with Terry Rollock top-scoring with 43, before their side made light work of the chase, with James Hockley (39) and an unbeaten 67 from opener Dan Stickels seeing them over the line inside 27 overs.
 
At the other end bottom two Bexley and Bickley Park met at Bickley, where the hosts recorded their first win of the campaign to boost their survival hopes.
 
Bexley opted to bat first but were in deep trouble at 9-4 with Dan Magin (5-41) and Xavier Darroch claiming two apiece. 
 
It was 47-5 when Adeel Malik got the innings back on track with a superb 96 to guide Bexley to a total of 190, however a fine unbeaten 89 from Jos Siddall and 24 not out at the close from Phil Browning saw Park to the line with three wickets in hand and made it four defeats in five for Bexley.
 
Beckenham posted an imposing total of 301-6 at Canterbury but had to settle for a draw.
Kent's Alex Blake hit 90 and there were half-centuries from Raza Ali Dar and Will MacVicar for Becks, while Kent Academy spinner Imran Qayyum claimed 4-91 for the hosts.
 
Canterbury never looked likely to challenge and though James Lilley hit 78 and Max Campbell an unbeaten 57 they cruised to 229-6 at the close to ensure four batting points.
 
Bromley were also thwarted as visiting Sandwich also batted out for a losing draw in a rain-shortened match.
 
Freddie Wilson cracked 61 not out as the hosts posted 217-5, and despite Stuart Smith making an unbeaten 44 in reply, Sandwich could only reach 158-6 at the close in the 45-over-aside affair.
 
Free-scoring Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed for just 20 by countryman and Australian international all-rounder Dan Christian as Smith steered the visitors to safety after being 70-5 at one stage.

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