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Blackheath go clear at the top

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Although early in the season, Blackheath head the Shepherd and Neame Kent Premier League table by seventeen points by virtue of a 49 run victory over Canterbury at Polo Farm.

Blackheath elected to but found runs hard to come by with only Jamal Patterson reaching 50 as Canterbury restricted their visitors to a seemingly modest total of 174 for nine with Ryan Minter and Justin MacVicar taking three wickets apiece.

Canterbury though also struggled with the bat losing wickets at regular intervals and James Lilley apart with 43, no other reached twenty, as they slid to 125 all out.

James Hands with 4-29 was the most destructive bowler, receiving good support from Mohammad Ashraful with 3-34 as Blackheath bagged 20 valuable points.

Lordswood also found winning ways on home turf and they despatched an under strength Beckenham side with a comfortable eight wicket victory. Beckenham elected to bat and had Raza Ali Dar to thank for being able to post some sort of total for Lordswood to chase, Ali Dar ending on 92 not out in a total of 189.

Jack Laraman did most of the damage returning fine figures of 6-46 from 13 overs. Beckenham, with a much depleted attack, were never able to defend their total as Chris Piesley raced to an unbeaten 107 to earn Lordswood 20 points.

Richard Clinton

Stunning unbeaten innings of 162 from Richard Clinton

At Bromley, the highlight of a rather lacklustre game was a superb century from Richard Clinton against his previous Club.

Clinton dominated throughout his innings ending on an unbeaten 162 as Bromley set Bickley Park 270 to chase.

Clinton was well supported by Miguel Barbosa 64 in a second wicket partnership of 165. Bromley bowled steadily without great penetration and a draw looked the inevitable result with no Bickley batman able to dominate as Clinton had done previously.

They closed on 202 for eight earning a losing draw.

Sevenoaks Vine clocked up their first victory of the 2012 campaign with a seven wicket victory over Tunbridge Wells.

Tunbridge Wells chose to bat first at the Vine and progressed steadily to a total of 233 for nine, with Gregor Patterson the main contributor scoring 58.

Two Vine bowlers impressed, the in form Tom Parsons returning figures of 4-36 and Fabian Cowdrey 4-60.

James Hockley

Hartley's Hockley strikes 55

Tunbridge Wells found bowling less productive as Ollie Howick powered his way to an unbeaten 102 and together with Chris Hammond 74 not out saw the Vine romp home with seven wicket in hand and over eight overs to spare.

The Hartley batsmen dominated the Bexley attack at Culvey Close. Dan Stickels 61 and James Hockley 55 began with an opening partnership of 105 then Charlie Hemphrey took over scoring 96 as Hartley posted the highest total of the day, closing at 283 for eight.

Bexley found the Hartley attack hard to get away and limped to a rather disappointing 160 for six in reply to secure just one batting point and three bowling with Hartley securing 12 points.