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Kent Cricket League round-up: Canterbury enjoy winning return to Premier Division

By Cameron Hogwood

Jarryd Taig hit a half century as Canterbury capped their return to the Kent Cricket League Premier Division with a 14-run victory over Sandwich on Saturday.

Sent it to bat first, Canterbury posted 175-9 from their 50 overs thanks to key knocks from Taig (50) and Joe Gordon (26).

Kent's Grant Stewart contributed 57 in response before Sandwich were bowled out for 161 after 37.4 overs, with new Canterbury signing Oli Mills producing figures of 3-30.

Canterbury bowler Stuart Drakely. Picture: Paul Amos
Canterbury bowler Stuart Drakely. Picture: Paul Amos

Eighteen-year-old Isaac Dilkes opened his captaincy with 12 before being trapped lbw by Craig Spanton (2-40).

Gordon’s innings came to an end at the hands of Stewart off the bowling of Alex Smith (1-14), until Taig eventually fell on 50 when he was caught by Jan Gray off Rory Smith (2-29).

Zack Fagg (29), Stewart (57) and Jake Benfield (31) were the best Sandwich had to offer in response as they were ultimately punished for slipping to 48-5.

Christopher Vernon hit an unbeaten 104 while John Bowden added 49 to help Sevenoaks Vine chalk up a 59-run win over Bexley.

The former hit nine fours and three sixes from 89 deliveries to see his side set a total of 211-5 off 30 overs.

Despite the efforts of Jack Bell (28), Murtaza Abbas (28) and Freddie Foster (35), Bexley were only able to post 152 in response.

Chris Piesley's figures of 5-34 elsewhere couldn't lead Lordswood to victory as they were beaten by 59 runs against Tunbridge Wells on the DLS method.

Sam Stickler top scored for Wells with 68, followed by Alexander Williams' 54 as they reached 201-9 in 44 overs.

Lordswood's reply entailed just 15 runs between their opening four batsmen, with Michael French scoring an unbeaten 69.

Tunbridge Wells' Sam Stickler on his way to 68 against Lordswood Picture: Sean Aidan
Tunbridge Wells' Sam Stickler on his way to 68 against Lordswood Picture: Sean Aidan

Taylor Chandler (17) and Hugh Scott (33) supplied late fight but couldn't add enough in Lordswood's chase of a revised target of 209, with Tunbridge's Isaac Bepey racking up 4-31.

HSBC were bowled out for just 88 on their way to a four-wicket defeat to Bickley Park, with top scorer Alan Slater (22) the only man on his team to surpass 16.

Daniel Magin took an impressive 4-20, before Alex Darroch's unbeaten 34 helped Bickley chase down the win in 32.2 overs.

William MacVicar's unbeaten 84 and Johan Malcolm's 51 not out also saw Beckenham cruise to a seven-wicket win over Blackheath.

The latter, having been put in to bat, finished all out for 171 after seeing Richard Fleming and Jahid Ahmed top score for them with 33 apiece.

MacVicar and Malcolm led the way as Beckenham conceded just three wickets on route to sealing the victory with more than 12 overs to spare.

Beckenham now sit top of the Premier Division with 36 points after winning their opening two games, with Lordswood and Tunbridge both on 23 points in second and third, respectively.

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