Stalwart steps down
BEARSTED and Tyler Hill were elected to Division 7 of the Shepherd Neame Kent Village League at the annual meeting.
They have replaced Monkton and Chislet who withdrew.
The meeting saw the retirement of league stalwart John Collins who has given 35 years service to the competition.
Collins has stepped down as treasurer after 27 years and match secretary where he has served for 29 years.
He said: “It’s been a lot of fun but I feel now is the right time to stand down. The league is in excellent shape and has an excellent management comittee running it.”
Collins’s deputy David Jackson from Ashford steps up to take on the mantle of match secretary.
Another Ashford stalwart Graham Brown from Great Chart suceeded John as treasurer. Barry Leaning is the new social secretary.
The league held their end of season awards night at Homelands last week and it was a storming year for Brook, who finished unbeaten to earn the Division 2 title with Smarden edging out Brookland on run-rate for the other promotion slot.
Bethersden were in commanding form taking the top trophy with just one defeat in their 11 matches.
Street End topped Division 3 with the only other unbeaten record with Selsted also moving up to Division 2.
Hawkinge and champions Exiles at Bridge went up from Division 4 while Harvel and Leeds and Broomfield topped the standings in Division 5.
Wingham 2nds were the unlucky side in tight three-way battle in Division 6 with Town Malling and Meopham going up while in Division 7, Elham Valley and Mersham were outstanding to take the promotion slots.
Young player of year went to Donald Carter (Exiles at Bridge), while Graham Brown (Great Chart) won the Chairman’s Award and the Pauline Cane Award went posthumously to former Aldington secretary, scorer and league correspondent Kath Wanstall, who died during the season.
Division 1 champions Bethersden
Elham Valley’s Ben Bambridge with the Division 7 championship trophy
Brook captain Mark Burch, with the Division 2 trophy