Published: 06:00, 26 August 2019
A magnificent century from Adam Rouse led Sevenoaks Vine to a four-wicket victory over Sandwich Town on Saturday.
Half-centuries from Zack Fagg and Alex Smith helped Sandwich set a score of 219 all out having opted to bat first.
Vine were then inspired by Kent's Rouse in reply as they reached 222-6 in 41 overs.
Sandwich were boosted by an 81-run opening wicket partnership between Fagg (52) and Ben Smith (41), who was first to depart after being caught by Rouse off Tom Parsons (3-34).
After losing Robert Goatham and Jordan Cox cheaply, Sandwich then saw Fagg fall when he was stumped by Miles Richardson off Andrew Reid-Dick (3-28).
Smith fired another 51 from 59 balls before being caught by Parsons off Tom Coldman as the visitors were eventually bowled out for 219 with four overs remaining.
Vine lost opener Evert Bekker for just five in response, however recovered emphatically thanks to an 89-run partnership between Vikas Kokkiligadda and Rouse - the latter of whom supplied the bulk of the runs.
Rouse found his way to a magnificent 125 off 67 deliveries following 18 fours and four sixes until he was finally caught by Jake Smith off Jan Gray (3-48).
Richardson came up with 32 in support to help Vine to a winning score of 222-6.
Bottom side HSBC pulled off something of an upset as they beat fourth-placed Tunbridge Wells by 15 runs in a low-scoring affair.
Electing to bat first, visitors HSBC started positively with a 69-run first-wicket stand between Sam Perks (28) and Richard Golbourn (51).
Once Perks was bowled by Ian Mclean and Goulbourn also had his stumps rearranged by Matthew Barker, the baton fell to Matt Abbett (24) and Alan Slater (31 not out) to continue the effort.
Barker cleaned up HSBC's tail-end to finish with figures of 6-27 as the away outfit were bowled out for 153.
Tunbridge slipped to 6-2 in reply as Ishmail September dismissed both Christopher Williams (0) and Sam Stickler (1) on his way towards figures of 4-27.
Kent's Marcus O'Riordan was next to go for 13, being trapped lbw as September's third victim.
Julian O'Riordan then offered a top score of 50 from 93 balls until he was beaten leg before by Golbourn to leave the hosts on 94-8.
David Smith contributed 29 at No.10 but couldn't steer his team to victory as Wells were bowled out for 138.
Bexley kept up their hunt for top spot with a three-run win away to Blackheath at The Rectory Field.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Bexley lost skipper Adam Riley for one followed by fellow opener Matt Cross for just 12.
Calum MacLeod struck a valuable 78 from 107 balls alongside 39 from Shaun Evans and 27 from Freddie Foster as Bexley posted 215-9 - 27 of which had arrived through extras.
Blackheath found themselves at 23-2 in reply, from which George Wells (45) and Tanweer Sikandar (29) produced a third-wicket partnership worth 65.
This was followed by a 62-run stand between Mohammad Ashraful (45) and Chris Willetts (36), only for their side to fall short on 212-8, with Jaskaran Singh taking 3-36.
Beckenham meanwhile extended their lead at the top by beating Lordswood by 28 runs.
Invited to bat first, the Premier Division frontrunners saw skipper Alex Senn open with a key 50 from 116 balls before he was bowled by Chris Piesley (4-45).
His knock included a 101-run partnership with Johan Malcolm, who produced 61 until he was caught by Naeem Amin off Piesley.
Lordswood notably gave away 45 runs in extras to help their opponents towards a score of 215 all out.
Opener Edward Taylor was dismissed by Stuart Binny for 22 in reply courtesy of a catch from Rithik Hari, after which Lordswood limped to 57-4.
James Anyon finished as his side's top scorer on 39 off 54, followed by Naeem Amin's 38.
Bexley themselves gave up 34 in extras however Lordswood were bowled out for 187 in the 46th over, Will MacVicar claiming 3-29.
Canterbury were beaten by 159 runs in their meeting with fifth-placed Bickley Park at Polo Farm.
Bickley owed plenty to the 149-run partnership between Ranjit Singh (86) and Safwaan Imitiaz (81) having fallen to 21-2 early on.
Imitiaz was stumped by Sam Burt as one of three wickets for Ben Cooper (3-36), while Singh was also stumped by Burt off Justin MacVicar.
Adeel Malik supplied 48 from 46 deliveries to take Bickley to 268-6 by the end of their 50 overs.
Canterbury's reply had seen some promising signs early on through a 68-run stand between captain Stuart Drakeley (42) and Ben Rutherford (20).
Both were then dismissed with the score on 69, after which Malik (3-17) and Arafat Bhuiyan (3-32) confined the home team to 110 all out after 30.3 overs.
Canterbury currently sit above HSBC in the bottom two, trailing third-bottom Blackheath by 17 points.
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