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Hartley hit their straps

On a blustery and damp opening day in the Kent Premier League, three matches reached conclusions with reigning champions Hartley hitting their straps with a resounding win against Blackheath at the Rectory Field.

Blackheath were totally outplayed. Electing to bat first, the home Club were soon in trouble against the opening pair of Andy Tutt and Daniel Redwood who reduced them to 32 for six within 17 overs.

There was no way back for Blackheath. Redwood took 4-23, Tutt 2-20 and then Jack Laraman cleaned up the tail with 3-12 to end the Blackheath innings on 65.

Only one batsman reached double figures. James Hockley hit a breezy unbeaten 43 and with steady support from Dan Stickels, 19 not out as Hartley romped home in 11.3 overs to win by 10 wickets.

Bexley and newly promoted Sibton Park also got off to winning starts. Sevenoaks Vine found batting conditions testing at Bexley but with Miles Richardson scoring 50 not out and 45 from Olly Howick, they battled their way to 180 for six from their 55 overs.

The wickets were shared around the Bexley bowlers, all of who proved economic. The Sevenoaks side made Bexley battle hard for the win, but thanks to valuable 63 from skipper George Wells they fought their way home with eight down and five balls remaining.

Tom Parsons returned the best figures of the match with 3-45.

Having invited Bromley to bat, Steven Rowe took 4-24 as Sibton Park bowled Bromley out for 163 with the major contributors being Charlie Walker, 49 and Nick Bluett 32.

Ben Allon, 58 not out and Jamie Keeler, 45 put paid to Bromley's hopes, as Sibton Park raced to a six wicket victory in the 41st over.

Sadly the weather intervened in the remaining two games. At Lordswood, Bickley Park were bowled out for 188 with Dan Masters and Chris Piesley both taking three wickets apiece.

Lyndon Lockhart and Chris Piesley both scored 43 and the game was well poised with Lordswood on 134 for six when the rain ended play.

A fine 134 by Beckenham's John Malcolm in 91 ball was the highlight of the game at Whitstable. Beckenham's innings closed on 263 at tea which sadly was the final activity of the day with the rain closing in.


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