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Sevenoaks Vine wrapped up the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League Premier Division title after beating Blackheath by 41 runs on the final day of the season on Saturday.

Kent all-rounder Fabian Cowdrey top-scored with 51 as Vine posted 249-9 while Warren Lee (5-42) and James Hands (4-38) shared nine wickets between them.

Another young Kent star, Daniel Bell-Drummond, led the Blackheath reply with 49 as he and fellow opener Dipayan Paul (39) shared an 89-run partnership.

But despite being 162-3 at one stage, Blackheath could not keep up with the run rate and finished on 208-9.

John Bowden and Nick Sale starred with the ball for the champions, both finishing with 3-35.

Sam Weller prepares to bowl for Hartley in the Premier League clash against Lordswood on Saturday. Picture: Steve Crispe
Sam Weller prepares to bowl for Hartley in the Premier League clash against Lordswood on Saturday. Picture: Steve Crispe

Vine finished 10 points ahead of Lordswood who signed off with a 45-run win against defending champions Hartley.

Lordswood were 25-5 after being sent in before Chris Piesley (41) and David Masters (62) led a fight back which helped their side eventually reach 197 all-out.

Hartley, who were hoping to win the title for a fourth consecutive year, could only manage 152 in reply after being 83-5 early on.

Scott McKechnie (46) was the best of the batsmen while Dan Masters (3-25) and Palash Joshi (3-35) were the pick of the Lordswood attack.

The defeat meant Hartley finished third, seven points behind Lordswood.

At the other end of the table, Canterbury were relegated alongside Bickley Park, despite a 62-run win at Beckenham.

Captain Stuart Drakeley (46) and Sam Burt (34) made the major contributions as Canterbury were dismissed for 181 with Junaid Nadir taking 3-35.

Drakeley then took 3-34 as the home side were all-out for 119.

Division 1 champions Tunbridge Wells and runners-up Folkestone will replace Canterbury and Bickley Park in the top-flight.

Third-bottom Sandwich finished just three points ahead of Canterbury after losing to visitors Bromley by 37 runs.

Bromley openers Miguel Barbosa (74) and James Butterfill (42) got their side off to impressive start with a 111-run partnership.

Kent paceman Robbie Joseph then scored 32 while batting at three before Bromley's innings finished at 219-8.

Joseph then took 4-44, including the scalp of the record-breaking Sandwich opener, Aussie Marnus Labuschagne for 16, as the home side replied with 182.

In the other game of the round, Bexley opener George Wells scored 133 as his side made 291-5 against Bickley Park.

Bickley were bowled out for 183 with Mehdi Abbas taking 4-24, Harry Furze 3-23 and Adeel Malik 3-26.

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