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Blake breaks shackles for Beckenham

Kent player Alex Blake scored an impressive 144 at Beckenham in one of three outstanding performances in the second weekend of the Kent Premier League 2013.

The 24 year-old left hander was followed in the second innings by an excellent unbeaten 121 by Bexley overseas player, young Queenslander Jimmy Peirson.

The experienced Andy Tutt also took 6-25, his best Premier bowling figures, for Hartley in a magnificent display of bowling.

It is early days, but Hartley retain pole position after a 43 run victory at Culvey Close over Sibton Park. James Thompson scored a useful 79 and Dan Stickels 61 as Hartley closed on 214 for eight.

In reply, Tutt dominated the bowling but with figures of 14.5-7-25-6 but thanks to a resilient 57 by Simon Knight, whilst Sibton were behind the rate, it looked like they may hold on for a draw. They had three overs to bat out, nine down.

They negotiated the first sixteen balls safely. The next ball, Ryan Currie pushed a ball into the covers and called for a single. James Thompson collected the ball, with the single successfully completed, but Ryan Currie then decided to go for a second as was run out, half way down!

On a very good wicket at Beckenham, the home side elected to bat first. They made steady progress with Blake initially cautious against a good opening attack spearheaded by an impressive looking Jason Benn.

But then Blake broke the shackles and with some aggressive shots and a number of revere sweeps, momentum began to build. Will MacVicar chipped on with a useful 47 and James Evans resuming his innings after an injury, a good unbeaten 43, Beckenham closed at 'par' on 251 for six.

Alex BlakeIn reply George Wells scored a fine 66 and his brother Jack 47, but the show was stolen by Peirson with his unbeaten 121, a truly fine knock so early in the season. Bexley won the game by eight wickets, with almost nine overs remaining, further enhancing the value of Peirson's contribution.

At Plaistow Lane, after a disappointing opening last week, Bromley just managed to return to winning ways with a narrow 2 wicket win over Lordswood. Invited to bat, Lordswood found Wayne Morgan, 4-38, a handful and despite 36 by Fabian Cowdrey and 32 not out from Shaun Piesley, Lordswood limped to a rather disappointing 141 all out.

The Lordswood bowlers did not make batting any easier for Bromley. Dan Masters, 3-32 and two wickets each for Adeel Hussain and Amjad Khan had Bromley on tenterhooks at 112 for seven but James Butterfill saw Bromley home with an unbeaten 23.

At Bickley Park, the Whitstable top four all made thirties as Whitstable set Bickley 235 to chase. Whitstable bowled well Nicolas Bills and Sean French taking three apiece, but the Bickley batting was poor and can consider themselves fortunate perhaps they held on for a losing draw ending on 161 for nine.

At Sevenoaks Vine, visitors Blackheath emerged victors in another close game. For a second week running, Blackheath batting looked brittle, but Warren Lee made a very useful 81 to help his side to a modest total of 158, with Tom Parsons taking 4-45.

Lee also contributed with the ball with figures of 3-61 but despite the efforts of 55 not out by Michael Barber, none of his team could stay with him as the Vine were bowled out for a disappointing 141 to lose by 17 runs.


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