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Hartley supreme

There were no changes at the top of the Shepherd Neame Kent Premier League this week as both Hartley and Bickley maintained their winning ways and no changes at the bottom either with the Clubs in seventh to tenth place all losing.

Hartley brushed Sibton Park aside with consummate ease. James Thompson took 4-19 as Sibton fell apart having been invited to bat by their visitors, Ben Allon top scoring with 36 as they were bowled out for just 113 in the 31st over.

Dan Stickels 68 and James Hockley 45, both not out, saw Hartley home at a canter one ball shy of 15 overs.

Bickley Park were made to work much harder for their victory down at Whitstable. Bickley, choosing to bat, never dominated the ball but quietly progressed to 215 all out, thanks largely to contributions of 52 from Dan MacLeod and a breezy 45 by Dan Magin.

Liam Tegg apart with 44, the Whitstable batting disappointed and they lost wickets regularly to end on 184 all out to give Bickley victory by 31 runs.

A sparkling unbeaten 130 by Wayne Morgan well supported by 63 from Charlie Walker and an unbeaten 57 by David Smith helped Bromley amass 301 for three after they had been invited to bat by their hosts.

In form Lyndon Lockhart and Zak Elkin began the chase well, Lockhart scoring 86 and Elkin 85. Matt Greenwood with 48 helped keep the tempo but the lower order could not maintain the strike rate and Lordswood ended 40 short.

A fine century from George Wells (123) and 58 from Rob Sehmi helped Bexley to a useful total of 269 for six as they entertained Beckenham at Manor Way a total which a depleted Beckenham side were unable to chase.

Johan Malcolm scored a valuable 85 but had insufficient support from the rest if his side as Beckenham ended 31 runs short.

Sevenoaks Vine set Blackheath 225 to chase thanks to a useful knock by their skipper Karl Pearson whose 73 formed the backbone of their innings. James Hands returned good figures of 4-35.

A fine 112 by Jahid Ahmed broke the back of the chase as Blackheath raced home in the 40th over with four wickets in hand.


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