Cricket: Captain Williams puts Hartley to the sword but Wells chase falls short

LEADING LIGHT Abi Todd was named Kent League Player of the Year

TUNBRIDGE WELLS gave the Kent Premier League champions Hartley a fright as more than 600 runs were scored at Culvey Close.

The home side chose to bat, and a dominant second-wicket stand raised 234 in 36 overs.

Kent’s James Hockley scored 136 with 17 fours and three sixes, while South African Dominic Hendricks was run out from the boundary for 124.

The mayhem was not over yet; James Thompson (57 not out) thrashed a 19-ball half-century as Hartley closed on 326 for 3.

An injury led to two overs of the reply being docked and a DLS revised target of 317 was set.

After both openers were dismissed, captain Alex Williams and Michael Waller turned the tide with an excellent partnership of 167.

Williams (103) continued in his rich vein of form, smiting the home bowlers for seven fours and seven sixes as he romped to an 82-ball hundred.

Waller was run out for 58, but Nick Sale took up the challenge and raced to fifty off 29 balls.

Hartley’s captain Andrew Tutt removed Williams as he picked up 3 for 40. Then he successfully kept Sale off strike. He remained unbeaten on 62 but the visitors faltered and were restricted to 305 for 7, losing by a mere 12 runs.

Now Wells face Tenterden CC at Morghew Park on Saturday (June 3). They remain one place above the relegation zone.

Meanwhile the bottom two clubs were contesting the Sevenoaks derby, and the Vine achieved a welcome victory by four wickets at neighbours Holmesdale.

Miles Richardson took 4 for 64 and veteran John Bowden 3 for 38 as the hosts were restricted to 209 all out with six overs unused.

Australian Harrison Smyth led the Vine to victory with 90 not out as the visitors reached 211 for 6 in 45.2 overs.

In Division One, Linden Park humbled their hosts Hayes by bowling them out for 43. Freddie Hulbert was the star of the show with figures of 8 for 28.

Linden Park posted 233 for 5 as Driaan Brewer compiled a highly impressive 124 not out. 

He and all-rounder Hulbert (42 not out) added 94 towards the end of the innings. 

Hayes’ reply lasted a mere 18 overs and included five ducks as they went down by 190 runs.

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