De­feat puts an end to pro­mo­tion hopes

Kent League

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Cricket -

Can­ter­bury suf­fered a mor­tal blow in the Divi­sion 1 pro­mo­tion race as they slumped to a heavy de­feat at Lin­den Park.

The city club lost the toss and were asked to bowl. They did take charge early on, with Stu­art Drake­ley (3- 41) help­ing re­duce the hosts to 24-3.

How­ever, the game swung on a fourth-wicket stand of 215 be­tween Dri­aan Bruwer (88) and Ben Leale-green who hit 121 at bet­ter than a run a ball.

The hosts posted 281- 6 from their 50 overs and though Max Camp­bell (45) got the re­ply up and run­ning and then added 55 with Graeme Fran­cis (30), no other bats­men reached 20 as the vis­i­tors were bowled out for 134 in­side 35 overs.

The city club are now sixth and 29 points adrift of sec­ond-placed Brom­ley Com­mon, whom they host in the sea­son fi­nale at Polo Farm on Satur­day.

Al­ready-rel­e­gated Whit­stable were on the end of an­other heavy de­feat as they were beaten by nine wick­ets by The Mote at the Belmont.

The rock-bot­tom hosts were skit­tled for just 90 in­side 29 overs with Jake Guinan hit­ting the top score of 19 bat­ting at No.9. It took the vis­i­tors just 19 overs to rat­tle off the runs, with Scott Dale mak­ing the only break­through just be­fore the close. St Lawrence & High­land Court moved a step closer to Divi­sion 2 pro­mo­tion af­ter hold­ing their nerve to beat Upchurch by 20 runs. Boosted by the avail­abil­ity of Kent all-rounder Dar­ren Stevens, the hosts amassed 271-7 with Graeme Tryon lead­ing the way with 59 and Stevens, Will Hil­ton and Lewis Jenk­ins all pass­ing 30. Stevens did not bowl in the re­ply but Ben Trott (3-51) made early in­roads and although Michael Hales hit 131 from just 122 balls, he fell to James Wider­strom and Tryon (2- 52) helped en­sure the vis­i­tors could only reach 251- 8 at the close.

Saints host Ch­est­field in the sea­son fi­nale this week­end, 10 points be­hind lead­ers Folke­stone but nine ahead of third-placed Old Wil­so­ni­ans who sit out­side the pro­mo­tion places.

Ch­est­field were beaten by 126 runs at Folke­stone.

The hosts made 220-8, with Kent’s James Tred­well mak­ing 34 with the bat and Dan Patch­ing and Ar­ron Ben­nett tak­ing two wick­ets each.

The re­ply lasted just 34 overs as the vis­i­tors were dis­missed for 94, hav­ing been 73-3 at one stage, with Tred­well tak­ing 2-25, in­clud­ing the scalp of top scorer Dy­lan Hunter for 25.

Faver­sham staved off the threat of any last-day drama in Divi­sion 5 with a fine run-chase to win by a wicket at Chisle­hurst & West Kent. Faver­sham are now 35 points clear of their sec­ond­bot­tom hosts with just one game re­main­ing thanks largely to a five-fer and a half-cen­tury from An­drew Machin.

Machin blitzed the mid­dle­order to claim 5- 40 and dis­miss the hosts for 218, with Christ Streat­field tak­ing 3- 69 in ad­di­tion. Opener Machin then hit 59 – 48 of them by way of bound­aries – and shared 136 for the open­ing wicket with Lee Rig­den, who smashed 75 from 65 balls.

An­drew Parker’s 41 helped the vis­i­tors into po­si­tion to reach their tar­get with 10 balls to spare.

John But­ter­worth hit 43 and Julian Thomp­son took 3-32 but Whit­stable 2nds were edged out by four wick­ets at Ten­ter­den in 2nd XI Pre­mier Divi­sion.

Ben Ruther­ford’s un­beaten 101 was in vain for Can­ter­bury 2nds as they went down by 43 runs against Lin­den Park in Divi­sion 2.

Park piled on the runs to post 315- 4 and de­spite Ruther­ford’s knock and 58 from Bradley Gold­sack, the city club fell short.

Divi­sion 3 cham­pi­ons St Lawrence & High­land Court beat Down­ham & Belling­ham by eight wick­ets thanks to Luke Rum­be­low tak­ing 7-26 to bowl the hosts out for 153.

Un­beaten half-cen­turies from Toby Vaughan and Richard Hey­wood then saw the vis­i­tors over the line in­side 27 overs.

Ch­est­field missed out on the chance to all but seal pro­mo­tion from Divi­sion 4 as they lost by 103 runs at home to ri­vals Frinds­bury. Pa­trick Collins took 4- 62 but the hosts posted 231- 6 and although Zac Ben­field hit 43, his side were bowled out for 128 in­side 40 overs to fall to third, five points be­hind Frinds­bury with one game to play.

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Whit­stable bowler Todd Jor­dan in ac­tion against The Mote

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St Lawrence & High­land Court’s Will Hil­ton takes on Upchurch

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Saints’ Lewis Jenk­ins sur­vives this Upchurch ap­peal

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The Mote’s Tom Har­vey falls leg be­fore to Whit­stable’s Scott Dale

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