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Sevenoaks Vine and Lordswood tie in the Kent Cricket League Premier Division while Beckenham, Bickley Park, Blackheath and Minster win


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There was a tied match in the Kent League Premier Division between Sevenoaks Vine and Lordswood on Saturday.

Lordswood posted 279-8 in their 50 overs, led by centurion Joe Gordon (103) who was supported by a 47-ball 54 from Calum MacLeod.

Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond is given out LBW for Blackheath in their win over leaders Hayes. Picture: Keith Gillard
Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond is given out LBW for Blackheath in their win over leaders Hayes. Picture: Keith Gillard

Kent opener Ben Compton was out for just two for Sevenoaks but fellow opener Christopher Vernon had no such issues, finishing on 103 from 124 balls.

Evert Bekker (54) chipped in while James Logan ended up 68 not out from 57 balls, but they could not quite get over the line at the end.

Despite the result, Sevenoaks Vine are now sitting bottom of the Premier Division table.

Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond turned out for Blackheath and helped them inflict a first league defeat of the season on frontrunners Hayes.

Batting first, Blackheath reached 234-9 from 50 overs, with Bell-Drummond out for 28 and Tanweer Sikandar top-scoring with 63. Beau Couldrey (4-41) was the pick of the Hayes bowlers.

Tanweer Sikandar, of Blackheath, batting. Picture: Keith Gillard
Tanweer Sikandar, of Blackheath, batting. Picture: Keith Gillard

In reply, Tomas Gallagher top-scored for Hayes with 40 but, in reality, they never looked likely to chase down the target.

Opening bowler Jahid Ahmed (3-25) was the pick of the Blackheath bowlers as Hayes were 146 all out in the 33rd over.

Sandwich skipper Matthew van Poppel won the toss and elected to bat - but his side were skittled for only 74 in a heavy defeat at Beckenham.

From the outset, David Moody (2-22) began asking questions of the Sandwich batting with his pace and bounce while, at the other end, Junaid Nadir (3-18) moved in smoothly and hit the right lines immediately.

They made early inroads to leave Sandwich 23-4.

Blackheath's Jahid Ahmed celebrates the wicket of Finlay Baker. Picture: Keith Gillard
Blackheath's Jahid Ahmed celebrates the wicket of Finlay Baker. Picture: Keith Gillard

The left-handed Tom Chapman (10) tried desperately to get his side’s innings on an even keel and was given support by Ben Chapman (7).

But changes were made by the Beckenham bowlers as Jason Bilimoria (2-7) got both of them, finishing with figures of 2-7 from five overs.

Ben Smith top-scored for Sandwich with 18 but they were all out in the 35th over, Kamran Khan (2-18) also among the wickets.

Beckenham’s reply got off to a bright start and, despite overseas bowler David Grant getting opener Nick Rigg for 20, Alexander Senn (22 not out) and James Fear (21 not out) got them home.

Bickley Park beat Bexley by 18 runs.

Krishna Padmanabhan top-scored with 71 of 209 all out for Bickley Park who were all out after 48 overs. Ed Nuttall (2-25), Freddie Foster (2-22) and Aiden Griggs (2-43) chipped in with two wickets apiece.

In reply, Harry Turner got 61 but Bexley were 191 all out after 48 overs. Opening bowler Michael Ridley (3-22) was the pick of their bowlers.

Minster won at home against Tunbridge Wells, beating five wickets thanks to an inspired display by Joseph Parry.

Will Stickler was unbeaten on 29 of Tunbridge Wells’ 130 all out but nobody else really got going. Parry (3-24) the pick of the Minster bowlers.

Parry anchored Minster’s reply, finishing 49 not out, as they got over the line in the 37th over.

Ryan O'Beirne took 4-41 from his 10 overs for Tunbridge Wells, however his efforts proved to be in vain.

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