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Four matches remain in the Shepherd Neame Kent Premier League with Bromley extending their lead at the top to 23 points after an overwhelming victory over Tunbridge Wells.

Bromley elected to bat at the Nevill and at 63 or four with James Goodman dismissed for 34 the visitors looked to be heading for trouble.

But the experienced pair of Alan Wells and Chris Harris in the middle shored up their defences by adding 137 for the fifth wicket.

Bromley Alan Wells

Bromley's Alan Wells makes 105

Harris departed for 48 and was followed shortl after by Wells for a fine 105. The strong lower order chipped in to take Bromley to 258 for eight at the close of their innings.

Chris Lawrence and Chris Fenwick were the pick of the Tunbridge Wells bowlers with three apiece.

What followed in chasing a par total can only be described as a rout as Matt Dennington 4-31 and Ed Giddins 2-17 tore through the Tunbridge Wells top order and at 37 for six the game was lost.

Evert Bekker with an unbeaten 39 prolonged the game but Ricaldo Anderson mopped up the tail with 3-16 as Tunbridge Wells capitulated to 68 all out.

This result left Tunbridge Wells 14 points behind Lordswood who now sit in eighth place. They have much work to do to avoid relegation.

At Highland Court, Hartley made a serious dent in St Lawrence's chances of catching Bromley by beating them by 33 runs to take themselves just one point behind St Lawrence.

No details were provided by St Lawrence except the scores which were Hartley 255 for seven beat St Lawrence 222 for seven by 33 runs.

On a damp afternoon at Bickley, the home side emerged as comfortable victors over Sevenoaks Vine, making it four wins out of four and moving further away from the relegation zone.

Invited to bat, the visitors got off to a breezy start, John Bowden scoring a quick 40 supported by Fabian Cowdrey 31.

The rest of the Vine batting, Alex Rayner with 32 apart, disappointed as they meandered to 169 all out with the bowlers sharing the spoils.

Richard Clinton was in fine form and hit an impressive 77 well supported by an unbeaten 59 by James Lincoln, as Bickley cruised home to win by seven wickets in the 35th over.

Gore Court, without a win in 2010, slipped closer to relegation as they lost to Bexley by six wickets, and are now 41 points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Sadly for them, it is hard to see them close this gap. Bexley invited Gore Court to bat and the mainstay of their innings was a useful 81 by Tyler Griffin, well supported by Phil Edwards, 46 and Paul Muchall 43 as Gore Court moved along to a closing total of 236 for six.

This was to prove too few with the Bexley batsmen in good form led by Jibran Khan with 75, George Wells 64 not out and an unbeaten 40 from Jack Bell as Bexley strolled over the winning line with five overs in hand.

The Mote consolidated their spot in fourth place just six points behind Hartley with a comprehensive win over Lordswood.

Electing to bat first at home, Lordswood found going tough from the start as wickets fell regularly, only Peter Stock with 47 and Chris Vernon 38 showing much resistance but neither could build on good starts.

Tom Parsons and Tom Harvey both picked up a couple of wickets and James Hodgson mopped up the tail with 3-2 off nine balls.

The closing total of 167 was well below par. Matt Coles returning from Kent duty blasted 87 from 51 balls and Tom Harvey an unbeaten 60 as the Mote romped home by eight wickets off just 28.5 overs.