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Kent Cricket League round-up: Lockhart hits century while Sandwich beat Canterbury

Linden Lockhart hit a century as Lordswood won by 25 runs at Tunbridge Wells.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors were all out for 231 after being led by Lockhart's 108 from 141 deliveries.

Christopher Williams offered a half-century in reply but Tunbridge fell short on 206 all out.

Sandwich batsman Ben Chapman faces the bowling of Canterbury's Ben Rutherford. Picture: Chris Davey
Sandwich batsman Ben Chapman faces the bowling of Canterbury's Ben Rutherford. Picture: Chris Davey

After losing Edward Taylor and Jack Laraman cheaply early on, Lordswood recovered through a 77-run partnership between Lockhart and Michael French (29).

French was caught by Ian Mclean off the bowling of Michael Waller to leave his side on 127-3.

Lockhart then saw five more wickets fall before he was caught by Simon Routh off Isaac Bepey, who finished with figures of 5-50.

Chasing down a victory target of 232, Tunbridge found themselves at 27-2 after the dismissal of Marcus O'Riordan for six and Christian Davis for four.

Williams rallied to 50 from 65 balls until he was run out by Chris Piesley, who struck again with the ball to bowl Alexander Williams for 44 later in the innings.

Aristides Karvelas managed another 21 from 23 balls as Wells were eventually bowled for 206 with two overs remaining.

Sandwich recorded a five-wicket victory at Canterbury after limiting the hosts to 129 all out at Polo Farm.

Skipper Isaac Dilkes was caught behind by Cameron Fletcher off Jake Smith for one after Canterbury had opted to bat first.

Tom Davis (14) and Bradley Goldsack (17) were next to go, with both being caught by Smith off the bowling of Ashleigh Cox and Rory Smith, respectively.

Joe Gordon supplied Canterbury's top score with 51 alongside 18 from Sam Burt, only for both to be stumped by Fletcher for two of three wickets for Jan Gray.

Alex Smith meanwhile finished with 3-23 to help dismiss Canterbury for 129.

Zack Fagg got Sandwich off to a positive start in reply with 34 off 18 balls by the time he was caught by Ben Cooper off Justin MacVicar.

Robert Goatham put on 22 from 60 balls while Ben Chapman finished unbeaten on 33 from 78 as the pair put on patient knocks to lead Sandwich to a winning score of 131-5 off 34.5 overs.

Beckenham beat Blackheath by 46 runs following a top score of 83 from Johan Malcolm.

The second-placed side were 37-2 after losing Alexander Senn (17) and Dan Hardy (11) lbw to Tanweer Sikandar and Mehdi Abbas (3-49), respectively.

Will MacVicar was bowled by Abbas for 29, after which Malcolm (83) and Finnan Bryan (26) produced a 72-run partnership to take Beckenham to 150-4 at the time of the latter's dismissal.

Mahi Mahfuzul made 26 from 26 balls as the home side closed on 223-7.

Malcolm was the star with the ball, picking up 3-32 from his 10 over spell.

Blackheath were short of partnerships in response, slipping to 42-3 having lost opener Dipayan Paul for three.

Sikandar attempted to steady proceedings with 23 until he was trapped lbw by Malcolm, followed by similar efforts from Richard Fleming (24) and Jahid Ahmed (38), both of whom were dismissed by Mahfuzul.

Malcolm struck with the ball twice late on in the innings to keep confine Blackheath to 177 all out.

Canterbury keeper Sam Burt watches Sandwich batsman Ben Chapmanduring the match at Polo Farmon Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey. (13765172)
Canterbury keeper Sam Burt watches Sandwich batsman Ben Chapmanduring the match at Polo Farmon Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey. (13765172)

Bexley now lead Beckenham by just one point at the top after losing by four wickets to Sevenoaks.

After opting to bat, Bexley lost Calum Basey for four before reaching 82-2 thanks to a 77-run partnership between Matt Cross (32) and Matthew Stiddard (43).

George Haley fired 62 from 56 balls later in the innings while Luke Schlemmer took 4-23 for Sevenoaks as Bexley were dismissed for 199.

Sevenoaks were led out in response by 20 from opener Harry Houillon, who was caught by Cross off Jason Benn (3-24).

Skipper Schlemmer top scored for his team on 55, receiving welcomed support from Adam Rouse (26).

Evert Bekker helped complete the chase with an unbeaten 43 to lead Sevenoaks to 200-6.

Bickley Park won by six wickets in their meeting with HSBC after bowling their opponents out for 115.

HSBC captain Sadiq Hassan top scored for his side on 43 off 25 balls after choosing to bat first.

Andrew Wright managed another 34 but eight single-digit scores saw the visitors dismissed after 32.5 overs.

Arafat Bhuiyan proved Park's best performer with the ball, taking 3-14 from his five overs.

The hosts needed just 22.4 overs to reach a winning tally of 120-4, with Daniel Magin top scoring on 31 along with knocks in the 20s from three of his teammates.

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