Groombridge stifled by Plaxtol's line and length
PLAXTOL batted against Groombridge in a Division One match and made a challenging 261-4 from their 40 overs; too challenging as it turned out.
Groombridge's Tom Erxleben opened with 75no and they were 66-2 before a miserly Plaxtol attack brought down the run rate. Danny Slade (78no) held out, but Groombridge finished on 202-2.
In Division Two, Chiddingstone were indebted to 140no from opener Ian Linstead for a testing 263-2. Roland Streatfield made 75 and Chiddingstone had just cause to believe they had a winning lead.
In reply St Lawrence opener Paul Seldon made 142no, with fellow opener Tom Cobb (56) in an innings of 264-4 which gave St Lawrence victory by six wickets.
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Weald took Flimwell (179) out, with John Bates (62) and Steve Barden (61) bowled by David Clive (3-25). Weald (156) lagged on the run rate, although Tim Stringer (46) and Ryan Addison (33) stayed for a while against Flimwell's Dominic Holtam (3-24) and Jeff Charlwood (3-20).
Ightham made 184-9 against Shipbourne, whose best bowlers were Chris Raveney (3-26) and Andrew Gillam (3-13).
Shipbourne zipped through the required runs to 188-2, Andrew Gilliam (59) top-scoring. George Willis finished on 44no.
Against Knockholt, Shoreham reached 182-8, Tim Waymouth (41) and James Trick (49). Knockholt bowler Stuart Thresher took 2-23 before they successfully chased for the loss of two wickets, Dave Thresher (85), Michael Roe (61).
At Withyham, Leigh were out for 207, Gary Meyer 37, Tim Page (5-39), but it was more than enough, as they dismissed Withyham for 141, Ian Bishop (4-27).
In Division Three, Farningham won by one wicket against Otford, (200). Nick Baker scored 38 before falling lbw to James Wiles (2-23). Oliver Butler (4-31) did most damage with the ball. Farningham replied with 201-9, James Wiles (40).
Andy Hemmings (49) got Cudham Wyse off to a breezy start against Groombridge II.
The spin-orientated Groombridge attack of G Smith (4-38) and C Smith (4-29) took wickets regularly, but Jules Dobbs (44) persisted. Slogs from the tail took the total to 200.
Groombridge were struggling at 64-6. Opener Mick Foster (62no) carried his bat and the innings closed on 109-7 to leave Wyse victors by 91 runs.
Horsmonden (125) batted against Halstead, but only Baz Bignell (30) and late resistance from Liam Budd (26) made any impact. Mark Hughes (3-28) starred with the ball. Louis Quinton (32) and Jack Winstone (30) got Halstead home at 126-7.
Limpsfield Chart opener Ricky Singh made 64 against Plaxtol II, but P Sharman (96) top-scored before Benjamin Cox caught him, bowled Nicky Bolam (3-41). Chart, having made 253-5, were indebted to P Sharma for the run outs of Plaxtol batsmen Benjamin Cox (25) and Tony Baldwin (62) before Paul Hemple's 4-27 shattered Plaxtol's middle order and the innings faded to 213-9.
Horsmonden (125) batted, but only Baz Bignell (30) and Liam Budd (26) made any impact against Halstead. Mark Hughes (3-28) starred with the ball.
Halstead (126-7) got home through Louis Quinton (32) and Jack Winstone (30).