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Kent Cricket League round-up: Canterbury suffer seventh defeat while Beckenham win again

ByCameron Hogwood

Christopher Williams fired an unbeaten 104 to lead Tunbridge Wells to a four-wicket victory at Canterbury.

Invited to bat first at Polo Farm, hosts Canterbury endured a tail end collapse as they were bowled out for 179.

Williams spearheaded the reply to take Tunbridge to a winning score of 181-6 with more than 12 overs to spare.

Tunbridge Wells batsman Christopher Williams and Canterbury keeper Sam Burt during the match at Polo Farm on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey
Tunbridge Wells batsman Christopher Williams and Canterbury keeper Sam Burt during the match at Polo Farm on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey

Skipper Isaac Dilkes and Bradley Goldsack put on a first-wicket partnership of 69 before the former was caught by Williams for 35 off the bowling of David Smith.

Goldsack was gone for 29, nine runs later, when he was caught by Sam Stickler off Isaac Bebey, who finished with figures of 4-27.

After losing Sam Burt at 81-3, Canterbury were lifted by a 61-run stand between Elliott Lewis (28) and Justin MacVicar (35).

Lewis was dismissed by Bebey to leave his side on 142-4, followed by MacVicar at 156-5 as he was bowled by Marcus O'Riordan.

Canterbury then lost five wickets for just 23 runs to finish all out on 179.

Tunbridge fell to 6-1 when O'Riordan went for four, while his fellow opener Williams set off on his way to a match-winning ton.

He watched four team-mates produce single-digit scores, including two ducks, as well as Ian Mclean contribute a second top score of 23 to the chase.

Ben Rutherford took 3-19 from 10 overs but Tunbridge eventually sealed the win at 181-6.

Bexley won by 65 runs in their clash with Bickley Park thanks to Matt Cross' superb 141 from 145 balls.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Premier Division leaders Bexley looked in good shape as they reached 43 until Calum Basey was caught by Michael Ridley off Daniel Magin for 22.

Matthew Stiddard went for a duck next ball, trapped lbw by Magin (3-34).

Bexley were later boosted by a 70-run partnership between Cross and Shaun Evans, who was then trapped lbw by Warren Lee for 24 to depart at 130-4.

Cross enjoyed a useful stand alongside George Haley (25) but saw his innings come to an end at the hands of Arafat Bhuiyan off the bowling of Lee.

Adam Riley added an unbeaten 27 as Bexley posted as score of 257-6.

Bickley were 35-3 in reply at one point after losing Lee for just three and Alex Moen and skipper Magin for 12 apiece.

Alex Darroch supplied 25 by the time he was stumped by Cross to give Riley his only wicket of the day.

The hosts' best hopes came through an 89-run partnership between Adeel Malik (73) and Michael Ridley (31), both of whom were dismissed by MacLeod (3-28).

A lack of runs from the tail end ultimately saw Bickley fall short on 192 all out.

Tunbridge Wells batsman Christopher Williams watches the action as Canterbury's Elliott Lewis takes aim. Picture: Chris Davey
Tunbridge Wells batsman Christopher Williams watches the action as Canterbury's Elliott Lewis takes aim. Picture: Chris Davey

Four wickets from Karl Pearson helped Sevenoaks beat HSBC by 60 runs.

Opening the batting, Harry Houillon put 31 on the board for Sevenoaks before being caught by Ishmail September off the bowling of Richard Golbourn.

Nicholas Wheddon was meanwhile working towards figures of 3-37 with the wickets of Oliver Durell (12), Michael Barber (17) and skipper Luke Schlemmer (10).

Kent's Adam Rouse contributed a top score of 54, alongside 47 from Miles Richardson until the pair were dismissed by Sadiq Hassan and Mossie Perry, respectively.

Pearson hit another 18 as Sevenoaks put up 235-8.

HSBC's reply got off to a torrid start when opener Goldbourn went for a golden duck, with Sam Perks subsequently hitting a patient 37 from 80 deliveries.

Alan Slater top scored for his team on 55, only to be caught by Durell off Tom Parsons for what would prove a defining wicket.

Pearson proceeded to rack up 4-17 from six overs, including the wicket of captain Hassan for 19, as HSBC were bowled out for 175.

Sandwich lost by four wickets in their match at home to second-placed Beckenham.

The hosts found themselves 7-3 early on as Will MacVicar claimed the wickets of Zack Fagg, Finley Beaman and Jordan Cox.

Cameron Fletcher added 11 before he was caught and bowled by Stuart Binny, followed by Alex Smith who went for two as MacVicar's fourth wicket of the day.

Having seen top order wickets tumble around him, No.3 Tom Chapman battled to 69 from 104 deliveries but was finally caught by James Balmforth off the bowling of MacVicar, who finished with 5-38.

Jan Gray struck an unbeaten 56 from 96 balls at No.9 to lift Sandwich to 190-9.

Beckenham were led by three half-centuries as they chased down a victory target of 191-6, with Dan Hardy (54) and MacVicar (50) offering 68 between them.

Johan Malcolm also contributed an unbeaten 55 to help seal the win with four balls of the innings remaining.

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