Bexley crowned Premier League champions
Bexley crowned Premier League champions

Having had the opportunity to win the Kent Cricket Premier Division league title one week earlier, Bexley made no mistake at Tunbridge Wells with a superb team performance.

Their captain, Adam Riley, won the toss and elected to bat. Calum Basey paved the way with 83 supported by Aiden Griggs with 33 and Shaun Evans with 31. Adam Ball then hit 40 not out and George Haley struck 30 from just 13 deliveries as Bexley racked up 267 for 6.

In response, only 45 from Viraj Bhatia put up much resistance as the hosts were bowled out for 176. Ball followed up his batting heroics by taking 3 for 28 and when he completed the win by dismissing Joe McCaffrey, the league title celebrations began.

Coming into the game, Sandwich Town were the only other club that could have won the league and they did as much as they could be winning easily at Lordswood. They dismissed the hosts for just 120 with only Hugh Scott, with 46, making a meaningful contribution. Jan Gray took 3 for 19 and Ben Smith 3 for 31.

Although Sandwich found themselves at 36 for 2, Tom Chapman scored 51 at more than a run a ball and Robert Goatham was on 32 not out as the visitors cruised home by seven wickets with 28 overs to spare.

Bickley Park’s chances of finishing fourth were dented at Beckenham when they were bowled out for 143, Daniel Magin top scoring with 35. Johan Malcolm took 3 for 22 and Shojib Ali 3 for 28.

Elliot Hooper’s 3 for 17 from 9 overs gave Bickley hope but Alexander Senn scored a patient 34 as Beckenham eased their way to victory with two overs to spare and four wickets in hand. 

Also in contention for fourth place are Sevenoaks Vine but they took a heavy beating at relegated Holmesdale. Having been asked to bat, Sevenoaks scored what appeared to be a competitive total of 206 for 8. Miles Richardson scored 70 not out, Michael Cowdrey scored 52 and Christopher Vernon 30. The wickets were shared amongst the attack

Looking like they had a point to prove, Holmesdale rushed to victory in under 34 overs for the loss of just three wickets. Will McDowell hit 84 and Carlos Maynard saw them home, scoring 81 not out. 

Blackheath were the other winners on the day, beating basement club Bromley on the road. The visitors won the toss and having elected to bat first, they were indebted to Mahi Mahfuzul who scored 63 on their way to 248 for 8. Nicholas Bluett took 4 for 48 for Bromley.

Although Bromley’s top four all got in, only Richard Selvey-Clinton with 32 was the only batsman to go beyond thirty. Then followed a procession as Tanweer Sikander took 5 for 15 from 9 overs as Bromley were dismissed for 156.

Picture supplied by Bexley Cricket Club.