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Kent Cricket League round-up: Canterbury keep survival hopes alive while Beckenham close in on title

ByCameron Hogwood

Canterbury kept their Premier Division survival hopes alive heading into the final weekend on Saturday with a 10-run victory over Sevenoaks Vine.

Skipper Isaac Dilkes and Bradley Goldsack hit vital half-centuries at Polo Farm as Canterbury posted 281-4.

Christopher Vernon scored 91 in reply, only for Vine to fall short on 271-8 in their own bid to threaten Bexley's grip on second place.

Sevenoaks keeper Miles Richards and Canterbury's Stuart Drakeley. Picture: Chris Davey. (15962568)
Sevenoaks keeper Miles Richards and Canterbury's Stuart Drakeley. Picture: Chris Davey. (15962568)

Justin MacVicar and Stuart Drakeley led out Canterbury with a 46-run opening-wicket partnership until the latter was bowled by Tom Parsons for 18.

His fellow opener wasn't far behind, departing for 38 after being bowled by Matthew Dalton to leave the hosts on 75-2.

Ben Rutherford was then joined at the crease by Goldsack, the pair putting on 69 between them before the former was caught behind by Miles Richardson off Tom Coldman for 42.

Having seen Goldsack caught by Parsons for 61, Dilkes (71 not out) and Jarryd Taig (43 not out) supplied a 99-run partnership to see out their team's innings.

Vine's openers had reached 83 by the time Evert Bekker was caught behind by Sam Burt off MacVicar for 40, with Elliot Lewis then bowling Kent's Adam Rouse for four.

Ben Price made 29 before he was caught off Drakeley, who then dismissed Christopher Vernon for 91 off 119 balls thanks to another catch from Burt.

Dilkes, Drakeley and Cooper all finished with two wickets apiece as Vine were restricted to 271-8.

Canterbury will need to win at Tunbridge Wells and hope Blackheath drop points at home to Lordswood if they are to retain their place in the division.

At the opposite end of the table, Beckenham find themselves on the brink of the title following a 142-run win over bottom-club HSBC.

Electing to bat first, the leaders set the tone with a 183-run opening-wicket stand between Alex Senn (87) and Rithik Hari (97), who were run out and bowled out by Sadiq Hassan respectively.

Kent's Alex Blake smashed 55 from 28 balls while Will MacVicar hit 38 from 18 to set 314-5.

HSBC's reply never got going, the home side slipping to 11-2 following the loss of Sam Perks for five and George Hutton for a duck, making up two of MacVicar's 4-47. The dismissal of skipper Hassan and Alan Slater left them 46-4.

Ishmail September attempted to repair the innings with 67 from 41 balls, until he was caught by Senn off Johan Malcolm as HSBC managed just 172-9.

Canterbury's Ben Rutherford watches the action as Sevenoaks bowler Tom Parsons sends down another delivery. Picture: Chris Davey
Canterbury's Ben Rutherford watches the action as Sevenoaks bowler Tom Parsons sends down another delivery. Picture: Chris Davey

Centuries from both Christopher Williams and Alexander Williams led Tunbridge Wells to a 174-run victory over Bickley Park.

The former played his part in a 91-run opening-wicket partnership with Sam Stickler, who was bowled by Adeel Malik (3-43) for 30.

Kent man Marcus O'Riordan was then bowled by Malik for a duck before the Williams duo enjoyed a 155-run stand.

Christopher was the first to depart, being caught by Warren Lee off Ranjit Singh for 112 off 105 balls.

Alexander Williams was finally bowled by Daniel Magin for 111 off 98 as Tunbridge closed on 324-7.

Bickley slumped to 49-4 in reply, Matthew Barker claiming three wickets on his way towards figures of 5-23 from 5.3 overs.

Magin top scored with 32 followed by Michael Ridley's 31 as Bickley were bowled out for 150.

Meanwhile, Adam Riley took 4-11 from 8.4 overs to help Bexley to a seven-wicket win at Lordswood.

Having opted to bat, the hosts were bowled out for 115 after a top score of just 27 from Linden Lockhart.

Ollie Robinson managed 30 in reply before he was dismissed by James Anyon thanks to a catch from Lockhart.

Adam Ball was stumped for a duck by Shaun Piesley off the bowling of Chris Piesley, who also sent Matt Cross back for 43 after another Lockhart catch.

Calum MacLeod saw out the job with an unbeaten 40 to reach a winning score of 119-3 in 18.2 overs.

Sevenoaks keeper Miles Richards and Canterbury's Justin McVicar during the match at Polo Farm on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey
Sevenoaks keeper Miles Richards and Canterbury's Justin McVicar during the match at Polo Farm on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey

Blackheath will be looking over their shoulders in a bid to avoid relegation on the final day after suffering a 15-run defeat to Sandwich Town.

Electing to bat, Sandwich were reduced to 33-4 early on having seen Zack Fagg, Ben Smith, Finley Beaman and Grant Stewart dismissed for single-digit scores.

Wicketkeeper Cameron Fletcher rescued his side's innings with 108 from 126 deliveries, including 12 fours and five sixes.

Mohammad Ashraful's 4-31 then helped to limit Sandwich's tail-enders as they were bowled out for just 162.

Blackheath endured a similar struggle with the bat, however not before Tanweer Sikandar (73) and Ashraful (50) produced a 96-run partnership.

Both fell at the hands of Smith, who ended with figures of 4-31 from his 8.4 overs.

It was downhill once the pair were split, with seven single-digit scores including two ducks seeing Blackheath fall short on 147 all out.

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