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Weather disrupts opening weekend of the Kent Cricket League season

Folkestone's Adam Hastilow hit 64 against Tenterden
Folkestone's Adam Hastilow hit 64 against Tenterden

Weather decimated the schedule on the opening day of the Kent Cricket League season.

In the Premier Division the only game to take place went the distance, with Bexley recording a winning draw against Sevenoaks Vine.

Greg Bain led the way with 69 for the hosts as they posted 180-8, but Vine held on in reply with a half-century stand for the sixth wicket between Chris Hammond (30 not out) and Miles Richardson (20) steering them to a share of the points as they closed on 157-6 from their 55 overs.

Folkestone lead the way in Division 1 after a 94-run win over Tenterden.

Adam Hastilow (pictured) rattled a lively 64 for the hosts and received support from Himanshu Waingankar (66) as Folkestone cruised to 181-2 before closing on 232-5 from their 50 overs.

Spinner Thomas Cullen then made light work of the Tenterden reply, taking 5-51 off 12 overs as Tenterden collapsed, losing their last seven wickets for the addition of just 12 runs, despite having been given a solid start by Andrew Crawford’s 59.

They were eventually dismissed for 138 in 44 overs.

Michael Hales Jr smashed an unbeaten 111 as Upchurch were held to a winning draw at home to HSBC in Division 2.

Hales’ 124-ball knock helped the home side to 222-5 – all the more impressive as they had lost their openers before a run was scored.

Hales and Lee Taylor (69) shared a 143-run stand for the third wicket and then Nathan Nichol and Craig Bewick collected three wickets apiece as the visitors were reduced to 74-8 in reply, only for Jordan Heard and Nathan Hill to share a patient 28-run stand for the Bankers to stave off the threat of defeat.

Michael Castle took 5-16 as Addington Village demolished Holmesdale by eight wickets in Division 3.

Castle and Neil Scott (3-16) helped skittle the visitors for just 51, a total which the Villagers surpassed in 22 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

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