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Sevenoaks shine on Blackheath blues

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Sevenoaks Vine leapt to the top of the table with a fourteen point lead after defeating last weeks leaders Blackheath by 75 runs at the Rectory Field.

Sevenoaks Vine elected to bat and with Anthony Shales leading the way with 86, notched up 234 for seven in their 55 overs. The Blackheath batting was below par against a steady Sevenoaks attack.

Despite a useful 73 by Faisal Shahid the rest disappointed, and with skipper Karl Pearson returning figures of 4-26 Blackheath were dismissed for 159 in the 40th over.

Bexley crept into third place, just two points behind Blackheath with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Beckenham at Manor Way.

Bexley invited their visitors to bat first and James Evans with 36 and subsequently Raza Ali Dar 68 made slow progress against a very tight Bexley spin attack spearheaded on this occasion by Kent CCC youngster Adam Riley with 4-47 with his fellow bowlers also frugal.

Their total of 181 for seven was to prove insufficient and led a fine unbeaten 113 by Greg Bain as Bexley romped home with ten overs to spare.

After the loss of three games to the weather, Hartley are now heading in the right direction up the table moving into fourth place after comfortable victory at Polo Farm.

Hartley won the toss and skipper Andy Tutt had no hesitation in asking Canterbury to bat. For the second week in succession, the pairing of Tutt and James Thompson proved destructive and economical, with Thompson taking 3-39 and Tutt 2-14 from his full allocation of fifteen overs.

Paul Steer showed some resilience with 66 but received little support as Canterbury collapsed to 119 all out. Charlie Hemphrey with an unbeaten 60 ensured Hartley raced home to a seven wicket victory in just the 30th over.

Nayan Doshi

Former Surrey and Derbyshire spinner Nayan Doshi took 7-25 to wrestle control away from Tunbridge Wells

Bickley Park earned a well-deserved victory in a low scoring game at home to Tunbridge Wells, on a day favouring the bowlers. Bickley chose to bat first but found runs hard to come by.

James Lincoln top scored with 34 and at 93 for six Tunbridge wells seemed on top. Michael Ridley batted sensibly and his useful 25 edged Bickley to their closing total of 151, Evert Bekker taking 3-37.

At 70 for three Tunbridge Wells again seemed in control of the game but the introduction of overseas signing Nayan Doshi, along with some injudicious shots, put paid to that.

Doshi tore through the middle and lower order and returned the excellent figures of 7-25 as the last seven wickets fell for just 29 runs, the away side all out for just 99.

It is rare to see Bromley in ninth place in the table but their season of woe continued, defeated at home by Lordswood. Richard Clinton with 51 was the main contributor to the Bromley total of 180.

The home side made Lordswood work hard for their runs but 31 from Kevin Jones and an unbeaten 51 from Amjad Khan saw Lordswood past the post with just two wickets in hand.