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Bromley continued their winning streak and now head the table by 12 points after St Lawrence slipped up at the Nevill in a close encounter.

Bromley were made to work hard for their eighteen points at Sevenoaks Vine but with 71 from Paul Harrison, 47 by Alan Wells and 43 from Chris Harris they progressed to a par total of 233 for seven from their 50 overs.

John Bowden was the pick of the Vine bowling with 4-43. The Vine made a brave fight of the chase and looked in strong contention after Anthony Shales led the way with 43 and opener Bowden made 40 but wickets fell regularly and the Vine ended up 11 runs short of being the first side to beat Bromley in the win-lose format.

Last weeks leaders, St Lawrence were beaten in a high scoring match at the Nevill, Tunbridge Wells. St Lawrence invited their hosts to bat first and they batted well with all their top order contributing.

Tom Elliot reached 59, Alex Williams 41 and Ollie Priestman 37 and there then followed an explosive 59 from 32 balls by Will Stickler well supported by Evert Bekker with 35 to take Tunbridge Wells to a useful total of 263 for six at the close.

St Lawrence are no strangers to run chases and set off well, with Dominic Chambers reaching 92 and Paul Dixey 90. At 219 for two, they looked to be firm favourites but their middle order failed to capitalise on the strong start and wickets fell with spectacular regularity leaving them agonisingly short by just seven runs.

Hartley jumped up into third place with a decisive eight wicket victory over bottom side Gore Court. James Thompson and Charlie Hemphrey tore through the Gore Court top order with only Tyler Griffin (86), making a significant contribution.

James Thompson ended with impressive figures of 5-14 from his ten overs. The Gore Court total of 149 was unlikely to prove troublesome to Hartley and with Sam Billings unbeaten on 47 and Hemphrey on 45 they cruised home in the 23rd over with eight wickets in hand.

Lordswood also had a poor day with the bat. A depleted Lordswood side were well and truly beaten by Bickley Park. Invited to bat, Lordswood were in trouble from the start as they crumbled to 71 for seven, James Lincoln doing much of the damage with 4-26 not helped by two run outs.

Only Chris Piesley of the top seven with 37 got into double figures. An unbeaten 30 by John Williams took Lordswood to 119 when he ran out of partners. Bickley lost four wickets in pursuit but debutant Ben Fulton with an unbeaten 42 saw them home safely in the 32nd over.

In the final match of the round Bexley beat the Mote by four wickets. The Mote also struggled for runs and with Alex Blake picking up 3-45 and steady contributions from his partners, the Mote could only muster 156 at the fall of their final wicket.

Bexley did not find the chase as easy as they had hoped as the Mote fought hard. Alex Blake with an unbeaten 65 saw them home to a four wicket victory.