Cowdrey and Parson hammer Hartley

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Sevenoaks Vine retained their lead at the top of the Kent Premier League after an important win over Hartley while Bromley leapt out of the bottom two with an emphatic win over Tunbridge Wells.

Sevenoaks Vine had no hesitation in inviting their visitors Hartley to bat but they made a steady start reaching 85 for three, Lewis Hickford 27, James Hockley 26 and Hilio de Abreu 25 but then a collapse followed with Tom Parson taking 4-23 and Fabian Cowdrey 4-28.

Had it not been for 32 from Andrew Chapman, they would not have reached their meagre total of 140. Anthony Shales 72 and an unbeaten 52 by the in-form Cowdrey propelled the Sevenoaks side to comfortable eight wicket victory in just the 23rd over.

Fabian Cowdrey

Fabian Cowdrey in form for Sevenoaks

Blackheath remain in second place, closing the gap from the top to eleven points, after taking the maximum 20 points at Beckenham. The visiting side elected to bat and Daniel Bell-Drummond was in aggressive mode against some early indifferent Beckenham bowling.

With his departure for 85 and a good spell of 5-51 by Johan Malcolm, Blackheath built steadily, with Faisal Shahid 36, Chris Willets 32, and Warren Lee 34 all contributing to their final total of 234 for nine.

Beckenham suffered the early loss of skipper Isles for a duck, but James Evans and Alex Blake built steadily, taking the total to 92 when James Hands struck for the first time, dismissing Evans for 36.

Blake continued to bat well and his partnership with Johan Malcolm saw Beckenham to 175 for four and perhaps in the driving seat. However Blake’s departure on 92 followed shortly by that of Malcolm for 33 put pay to the run chase.

James Hands was the pick of the Blackheath bowlers ending with 5-37 as Beckenham tried to hang on. They failed to do so with their final wicket falling off the first ball of the last over.

Bexley are just one point behind Blackheath after an absorbing game at Manor Way, taking the full twenty points against Bickley Park. Bickley chose to bat but did not find batting easy against the ever steady Bexley attack.

Only Chris Coulson with 53 held their innings together and with Adam Riley taking 4-36, Bickley were dismissed for a disappointing 152. At 57 for five, Bexley appeared to be struggling but Sandeep Bains held their innings together with 61 and assisted by unbeaten knocks of 33 by Maruf Chowdhury and 32 from Adam Riley, Bexley emerged victors by four wickets.

Lordswood also took twenty points at the expense of Canterbury, leaving the East Kent Club a little adrift at the bottom of the table. Electing to bat, Canterbury struggled for runs from the start and only 50 by Scott Narraway and 25 from Just Macvicar saved them from a catastrophe, but 135 all out did not appear sufficient to challenge Lordswood.

Amjad Khan took 3-53 and Kevin and Dan Master two wickets apiece. A steady unbeaten 58 by Lyndon Lockhart and 24 from Kevin Jones was enough to see Lordswood home with six wickets in hand.

Bromley found some form with both the bat and ball as they defeated Tunbridge Wells at the Nevill by 102 runs. Choosing to bat first David Smith made 87, Miguel Barbosa 63 and Wayne Morgan 52 as Bromley posted 243 for three from their 55 overs.

Tunbridge Wells began well, openers Jamie Baldwin 54, and Alex Williams 42 but the introduction of Tom Mees put pay to any hope Tunbridge Wells may have had. Mees ripped through the top and middle order, returning figures of 6-28, as the Tunbridge wells innings fell apart declining to 142 all out.