Ben rips into Blackheath
The gap at the top of the Shepherd Neame Kent Premier League table closed to just two points after Bexley defeated League leaders Blackheath to go third and Sevenoaks Vine jumped to second place after a sizeable win over Lordswood.
Bexley invited visitors Blackheath to have first dig, and Daniel Bell-Drummond 28 and Chris Willetts saw them off to a steady start but it was to be Jason Ben's day as he removed Mohammed Asrufal cheaply and tore into the Blackheath middle order.
He ended with figures of 5-36 as Blackheath were dismissed for a disappointing 126.
Bexley also had to work hard to score runs as Warren Lee set about his work returning the excellent figures of 6-35. George Wells top scored with 23, and Lee's efforts were in vain as Bexley nudged across the line with seven down.
Sevenoaks Vine entertained Lordswood who invited their hosts to bat only to watch a fine 123 from Fabian Cowdrey well supported by Chris Hammond, 41, as the Vine piled on 270 for nine from their allocation of overs.
Amjad Khan returned the best figures of 4-56, Will Greenwood collecting 3-54. Jonathan Prince 42 and Chris Piesley 32 began well but the middle order, Nathan Vernon, 32, apart, floundered against the spin of Cowdrey 3-22 and John Bowden 3-19 and were bowled out for 192 in the 46th over providing a 78 run win for the Vine, lifting them to within two points of Blackheath.
Beckenham shocked local adversaries Bromley with a fine all round display to take a well-deserved twenty points. Bromley chose to bat first but a much improved bowling display kept them well in check preventing them scoring at much above two an over for most of their innings.
Raza Ali Dar bowled with his usual guile taking 4-32 and he was well supported by the other bowlers who all bowled with excellent discipline. Nick Bluett, with an unbeaten 28 and David Smith were top scorers, James Butterfill chipping in with 26, but their total of 146 for eight never looked enough.
And so it was to prove. Raza Ali Dar, 69 and Chris Isles 61 played an attractive array of shots and though both were dismissed shortly before their target was reached they had put the result beyond doubt, providing Beckenham with victory with six wickets in hand.
Bickley Park pocketed sixteen points as they recorded a four-wicket victory over Canterbury. Bickley invited their visitors to bat first and with the wickets shared around, the Canterbury batsmen failed to build on their starts with only Matt Jenkinson 58 and Luke Samarasinghe 37, reaching the thirties.
Their total of 186 for eight proved to be insufficient as Bickley battled away, led by an invaluable 76 by opener Ben Fulton and with Phil Browning chipping a useful 34 their job was almost done.
Hartley's match against Tunbridge Wells on Monday was abandoned due to rain.