Dou­ble de­feats hit hopes

In­door cricket

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport - By Alan Ben­sted

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.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM5054959

Whit­stable’s Kane Smith forces the ball away against CCCU 3

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