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Bromley drew 24 points clear at the top of the Shepherd Neame Kent Premier League and will be crowned champions next week if they beat Gore Court at Plaistow Lane on Saturday.

Bromley travelled to St Lawrence & Highland Court but were bowled out for a below par 159 after electing to bat first. Dan Stickels held a disappointing St Lawrence batting performance together with an unbeaten 85 as the steady Bromley attack chipped away.

Despite some early Bromley loss of wickets, Paul Harrison with 66 not out saw Bromley safely home with only four wickets down.

Hartley moved into second place with a solid 71 run victory over Lordswood. Hartley chose to bat and the early part of their innings was built around a valuable innings of 89 by James Hockley.

At 189 for seven the game looked in the balance until a lower order flurry, led by Andy Tutt with 31 took them to 251 for eight at the close.

Kevin Masters with 3-35 was the pick of the Lordswood attack. The Lordswood innings never gained sufficient momentum as wickets fell regularly to leave them in trouble at 96 for five from which they never truly recovered.

Alan Pattenden scored 34 and Peter Stock 32 but they could not do enough to prevent a Hartley win by 73 runs. Darrell Carter took 3-36 for Hartley.

Tunbridge Wells pulled off an important win against the Mote to move themselves to just one point away from safety with two games remaining.

In a match reduced to 40 overs per side due to early damp conditions, Tunbridge Wells won with just three balls to spare after rescuing themselves from another top order collapse.

Tunbridge Wells invited their visitors to bat and pegged them back to 64 for five when Danny Rowe steadied the ship. The Mote were to regret not using all 40 of their overs being bowled out for 149 with 3.1 overs remaining.

Chris Fenwick with 6-28 was the outstanding bowler of the day. Tunbridge Wells began disastrously and were reeling at 12 for four after eight overs. A steady innings of 35 from skipper Mark Smith and 47 by Ollie Priestman repaired the damage and an unbeaten 35 by Will Stickler saw them home in the last over with four wickets in hand.

The encounter at Manor Way Bexley produced a win for the home side. Electing to bat, Bexley made steady progress through their innings which was anchored by a fine century by George Wells making an unbeaten 106.

A quick-fire 52 from Jibran Khan helped them to a useful total of 251 for eight from their 50. Bickley looked well set at 121 for three at halfway drinks but despite 66 from Chris Colson and 43 by James Lincoln the innings began to fall away and Bexley emerged victorious by 41 runs.

Relegated Gore Court were again beaten, this time by nine wickets against Sevenoaks Vine who move 14 points away from the relegation zone.

After a promising opening stand of 66 by Karl Person 30 and Paul Muchall 27, the rest of the Lordswood batting, Phil Edwards with 42 apart, crumbled against a steady Vine attack who shared the wickets between them.

The Gore Court total of 153 was to prove well below par as John Bowden with an unbeaten 74 and Anthony Shales 65 both scored rapidly to cross the winning line in just the 21st over.