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Leeds & Broomfield lead the way in the Clubbie Cup, Sandwich Town lose first game in the East Kent NHS Heroes League while Kent's Alex Blake stars for Beckenham

An unbeaten 94 for Dartford’s John Smyth wasn’t enough to stop his side losing to Clubbie Cup leaders Leeds & Broomfield.

Opener George Davis hit 74 off 52 balls for Leeds (255-5) while Edward Scrivens added 82 and Max Aitken 49. Dartford posted 206-8 in reply, losing by 49 runs.

Dartford's John Smyth scored 94 on Saturday but was on the losing team Picture: Chris Davey
Dartford's John Smyth scored 94 on Saturday but was on the losing team Picture: Chris Davey

The Mote sit second in the table and they beat Tenterden by 11 runs after restricting the home side to 160-9 as they chased 171-9.

Minster claimed a seven-wicket win over Gravesend in a friendly at Gilbert Hall.

Kai Appleby retired on 51 not out for Minster as they looked to chase down 184. Noah McLennan (32), George Duggan (21), James White (37) and Cameron Bruce (21 not out) all scored runs. Manish Kumar (39) top scored for Gravesend.

Sevenoaks Vine met Tunbridge Wells for a friendly match and won by 11 runs at the Nevill Ground. Harry Houillon (48) and Oliver Durell (67) top scored for Sevenoaks.

Kai Appleby scored a half century for MinsterPicture: Andy Jones
Kai Appleby scored a half century for MinsterPicture: Andy Jones

Chasing 226, Wells were bowled out for 215. Christian Davis (97) starred for the beaten side while Sam Stickler (53) hit a half-century.

Lordswood (154-3) claimed a seven-wicket victory over Chislehurst & West Kent after successfully chasing down 150 in the friendly encounter.

The second fixture in the Corona Metropolitan League took Beckenham down to Goddington Dene to play Orpington, where they sealed a 58-run victory.

William MacVicar (29), playing his first game of the season, started carefully for Beckenham. The inevitable fifty for Kent’s Alex Blake came in just 16 deliveries and he remained unbeaten on 59 with the final score 280-8.

Kent's Alex Blake scored a half century for Beckenham
Kent's Alex Blake scored a half century for Beckenham

Orpington’s reply got away to a promising start but they soon slipped to 23-3 and were unable to recover.

Sandwich Town suffered their first defeat in the East Kent NHS Heroes League at the weekend.

They suffered a four-run loss to St Lawrence & Highland Court in the first of their two T20 matches but bounced back to win the second encounter.

St Lawrence (183-8) were indebted to a blistering knock from Matt Hammond as he hit 93 off 48 balls, an innings that included 11 fours and four sixes.

Matt Hammond was in good form or St Lawrence & Highland Court Picture: Martin Apps
Matt Hammond was in good form or St Lawrence & Highland Court Picture: Martin Apps

Sandwich came close to completing the chase, with a half century from opener Robert Goatham (58), sharing a second wicket partnership of 85 with Tom Burnap (46).

In the second game, Sandwich (200-4) were put into bat and their top order produced again, with Goatham hitting a quickfire 73 and Burnap this time making a half-century 50 before being dismissed.

Hammond was the main man for St Lawrence again, scoring 51 off 27 balls, departing with his team on 73-2. They could only reach 112-6, losing by 63 runs.

There was also a win apiece in the match between Canterbury and Folkestone.

Broadstairs 1st XI away to Nonington CC. (39855428)
Broadstairs 1st XI away to Nonington CC. (39855428)

Visitors Folkestone (144-7) won the opening game by three wickets, restricting the Polo Farm side to 138-9 in their reply.

Canterbury responded in the second game. Folkestone won the toss and elected to bat, Jarred Lysaught hitting an unbeaten 57 batting at no.7 as the top order struggled.

In reply, Canterbury opener Jack Wheeler hit 51 while Jarryd Taig (33 not out) guided them home in the 17th over.

A resolute half-century from teenager Harry Carter was not quite enough to make up for a poor start to the Broadstairs innings as they suffered a 16-run defeat away to Nonington in Division 2.

Broadstairs 1st XI away to Nonington CC. (39855573)
Broadstairs 1st XI away to Nonington CC. (39855573)

The hosts racked-up a score of 220-6 off their 40 overs, taking advantage of some inconsistent bowling from Broadstairs, with wickets claimed by Elliot Fox (3), Chris Kidd (2 ) and Jamie Dewell (1).

In reply, Broadstairs slumped to 43-5 which prompted the start of a recovery with Elliot Fox (34) and Alfie Huntley (31) establishing a 62-run 6th wicket partnership.

Some last ditch runs from Chris Kidd (11) and Bradley Ellison (21 not out) combined with Carter's 51 took the game to the penultimate over but in the end, Broadstairs finished 204 all out, ruing some earlier missed chances and soft dismissals.

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