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Kent Cricket League Round-Up: One run in it as Bromley retain top spot

PUBLISHED: 11:20 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:20 16 August 2010

BROMLEY clung on to top spot in the Premier Division with a nail-biting, one-run victory at home to BICKLEY PARK last Saturday. Having won the toss and elected to bat, skipper James Butterfill saw his side put together a healthy total of 262-7, with Matt

BROMLEY clung on to top spot in the Premier Division with a nail-biting, one-run victory at home to BICKLEY PARK last Saturday.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, skipper James Butterfill saw his side put together a healthy total of 262-7, with Matt Dennington's half-century (62) the pick of a solid effort.

Park set about their reply in confident fashion and found themselves needing just six runs to win from the final over, thanks largely to Richard Clinton's marvellous captain's innings (135) and despite four scalps going to the excellent Dennington. However, some tight bowling at the death left the visitors requiring three to claim victory from the last ball, and they fell just a single run short of a shock victory over the leaders. Also in the top flight, BECKENHAM were on the receiving end of a 17-run defeat at the hands of Tunbridge Wells.

Wells skipper Mark Smith won the toss, decided to bat first and his decision looked a good one as opener Evert Bekker constructed a fine half-century before he was run out on 60.

Number three and four batsmen Geoffrey Paulsen and Will Stickler also provided some resistance out in the middle with knocks of 28 and 24 respectively before Smith's own 40 helped the visiting side tally 200ao with two overs and two balls to spare.

Wicketkeeper Duncan Spencer was in fine form for Beckenham, claiming two catches and two stumpings, while Johan Malcolm impressed with the ball (5-24).

Beckenham lost captain Chris Isles (13) and Leigh Walker (13) early on as Paulsen (4-45) made a bright start with the ball.

Alex Blake's 31 and William MacVicar's 24 looked to have given the home side a way back in the match, but second XI regular Simon Evans' half-century (58) was the only other notable effort as Beckenham fell 17 runs short of Wells' total.

A tier below, ORPINGTON saw their relegation woes increase with a four-wicket reverse at The Mote.

The highlights of a shambolic batting performance were scores of 24 and 23 from Dylan Robertson and Sam Clarkson respectively. Tom Harvey did most of the damage from The Mote's bowling attack (5-9) and was ably assisted by Glen Aukett (3-29) as the hosts made just 103ao. In turn, Orpington's Michael Knight made a game of it with a similarly destructive bowling display (4-8), but James Hodgson's 45 was the pick of the away side's victorious 104-6 total. Meanwhile, in Division Five, OLD WILSONIANS kept up the heat on leaders BLACKHEATH with a nine-wicket thumping of Chislehurst & West Kent. More than 500 runs were scored in this fixture last season but, on this occasion with the exception of opener Stuart Tohill (21), the Chislehurst batsmen failed to apply themselves and were bowled out for just 97.

The Old Boys held nine catches and executed a stumping as wickets tumbled at an alarming rate. Doug Forbes claimed 4-23, Suminda Balage Don 3-36 and Rahul Malik 2-18 in a ruthless display of bowling.

In reply, Wilsonians lost an early wicket, but skipper Jay Yewale (60no) and Michael Mitchell (34no) saw them safely home in less than 23 overs.

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