Wise’s fireworks light up innings
Kent Regional League
Wye turned in an impressive performance with a 50-run victory in their 1A Central match against third-placed Borstal. Opener Daniel Noden (45) got the home team off to a good start and skipper David Fletcher (42) continued the good work. But Phil Wise’s score of 66 including 11 fours and 2 sixes was the decisive innings on the day bringing Wye’s total to 232-7. Charlie Wardzynski top scored with 40 for the visitors but Borstal were bowled out for 182. Wye sit fourth. Sixth-placed Willesborough suffered a heavy away defeat to 1A Central leaders Sherwood. Andrew Fewtrell (118), Joe Parker (92) and Joe Hill (58) made life the most difficult for the Willesborough bowlers setting a total of 363-5 from their 46 overs. The Ashford team were bowled out for 95 leaving them 268 runs short. The only highlight came from Tim Luckhurst who top scored with 33. Mersham Sports lost by 68 runs to second-placed Hollingbourne in Championship East. Geoffrey Fagg’s 5-50 including the wicket of top scorer Simon Hammond (77) restricted the visitors to 201-9 but fourth placed Mersham were unable to chase the total. They were all out for 133 with extras (25) top scoring. Tom Butt (20) did best with the bat. Bottom of the table Kennington pulled off a much-needed away victory at St Margaret’s. Jamie Carroll (3-57) was the pick of the bowlers and despite Ashley Birchenough’s score of 89, the home side were restricted to 233-7. Kennington’s run-chase was aided by vital contributions from James Iles (51) and keeper Grant Langfield (44) and Jeremy Grove (80 not out) saw his side home with one over to spare and four wickets remaining. Daniel Kennett was St Margaret’s most effective bowler (4-52). Brook suffered a 49-run defeat to Herne Bay in 1B East. Chasing 180 to win, openers Abdul Malik and Sabeel Hussain both made 17 but thereafter, only No.7 Ian Thomas (35) reached double figures as they closed on 130-8. Thomas had earlier taken 3-35 in Bay’s 179-9. Opening partner Osman Zaman chipped in with 2-38.