Double defeats hit hopes
Christ Church University’s hopes of having three sides in the top division of the Pharon Indoor Cricket League next season have suffered a double setback.
One has come to expect the unexpected in Division 2 and, sure enough, not only did Whitstable and Margate 1 gain surprisingly comfortable victories over secondplaced CCCU 3 in successive matches but for the second Sunday in a row, the bottom team won easily.
Having played a game more, Whitstable drew level with Harbledown at the top by restricting CCCU to 82-4. Josh Lock and Kane Smith gave nothing away with the ball.
Fraser Coupe, James Loader and Smith all went past 20 as Whitstable knocked off the runs in the eighth over without losing a wicket.
Then it was Margate’s turn. Billie Woollard (38) and Harry Brooks (25), both undefeated, built a total of 104-4 and, despite Alex Rydon’s 35, CCCU were bowled out for 81.
UKC 2, seemingly relegation candidiates the previous week, raced to 125-5 against Margate 2, opener Daniel Bird carrying his bat for 34 and Lewis White and Cameron Flack making 20-plus.
Run outs proved Margate’s downfall and they finished on 83-4.
Inspired batting by 19-year-old Robbie Lawson the younger earned Littlebourne precious points after Gravesend 6ers 1 had set them a target of 113.
It looked out of reach when, after eight overs, Littlebourne were 65-5, but last-man standing Lawson took charge, 49 runs coming from the final 3.3 overs.
His unbeaten 71 included a six, four fours and 14 threes. It was the highest individual score of the day and a personal best. His father was out for one.
Yet to lose, Chestfield are running away with the Third Division title. Exceptional catches by Joe Whittington and Aaron Bennett helped them skittle Sturry 2 for 37.
It took Bennett and Ben CarpenterFriend just three overs to make the runs. Sheldwich stay second with a 58-run win over Street End 2, whose eldest player was 17.
In the under-13s’ league there were wins for Chestfield Red Caps, Faversham, Canterbury and Broadstairs.
Whitstable’s Kane Smith forces the ball away against CCCU 3