Northeast hits ton but Town are held
KENT star Sam Northeast struck his eighth Kent League hundred but it wasn't enough to help Sandwich see off The Mote.
Northeast's 143 off 139 balls – which contained 12 fours and five sixes – helped Sandwich rack up 278 on a Butts pitch that was again in good nick for the batsmen.
Craig Snell (36), Zack Fagg (23) and Stuart Smith (20) were also among the runs.
Northeast has been on the cusp of the Kent side this season and with opener Scott Newman's loan spell coming to an end, he could well be in line for a County Championship call-up.
This sparkling ton certainly did his cause for selection no harm before he eventually perished to the bowling of Mote captain Tom Harvey.
Tom Dilnot-Smith accounted for opener Alex Fordham early doors but Sandwich couldn't find a way to break the second-wicket partnership of Harvey (60) and Aussie Alecz Day (89).
It looked like the chase was in the visitors' sights at one point but Day fell to West Indian Leon Johnson, who wound up with figures of 3-43, and Northeast span out Harvey.
However, it was all too late as The Mote closed 55 runs short with three wickets in hand.
Captain Stuart Smith was happy with the effort from his troops which saw them rise to the top of the table.
Smith said: "It's still early days but it's nice to be there.
"I'm fairly happy with a draw in the end as they've been a Premier side for a while and their overseas Alecz Day put us under some real pressure in the chase.
"At the halfway stage of their chase they were probably the favourites.
"Promotion is our aim as we'd love to get back up there and give it a go."
The skipper praised the influential Northeast who Smith believes "Sandwich are lucky to have".
He said: "The way he's batting he shouldn't really be with us. He scored runs on Saturday then got a few for Kent on Sunday.
"He looked tremendous and his knock was top quality.
"He really worked at it and went through the gears. He didn't have to do it all himself either as the rest of us chipped in.
"Sam is happy to play and the fact he's with us is down to him himself. He could have played for any other club in the Premier but Sandwich is his boyhood club and he wanted to turn out for us.
"His offies aren't bad either and he seems to have a happy knack of picking up wickets."
Sandwich visit Tenterden on Saturday. The seconds – for who Cameron Stevenson made 61 – got a winning draw against Sevenaoks Vine while the 3rds lost out by seven wickets to Mersham. Mark Baldock batted through for 75 not out.
The fourths lost out to Minster while the fifths beat Old Hartsdonians.