Two solid weekend performances by Bexley Cricket Club saw them end May unbeaten.

In the Kent League Premier Division, their first match of the season was abandoned without a ball being bowled. That was followed up by three victories. Their defence of their ECB National Club Championship that the won at Lords has also started well with two wins.

On Saturday, they followed up successes at Sevenoaks Vine, and at home to Minster with joy at Holmesdale. The newly promoted hosts came into the game still awaiting their first victory since returning. Having elected to bat, Bexley put on 62 before Shaun Evans was first out for 21, falling to Dom May. May took two more quick wickets before the other opener, Aiden Griggs was dismissed for 60 which included two sixes and eight fours.

Ben Aldred scored a quick 23 before Harry Turner (49 not out) and Ahmed Jamal (36) ensured that Bexley closed on a competitive 211 for 9.

Will McDowell started the Holmesdale reply quickly scoring 32 from just 18 deliveries, being particularly harsh on Jas Singh. However, the Kent bowler had the last word when dismissing him with 42 on the board. After that, only Dave Roffey with 35 reached twenty or more. Singh finished with 3 for 45 and Jamal followed up on his batting feats with 3 for 31 as the hosts were dismissed for 145.

Then, on Sunday, Bexley looked to follow up their 130 run trouncing of Three Bridges when hosting East Molesey. Bexley were invited to bat first and Toby Porter, had them in a spot of bother at 37 for 3. However, Bexley’s overseas player Hugo Burdon steadied the innings with a run a ball 55.

There was still work to be done when he was out at a precarious 100 for 5 but George Haley, who had suffered a first ball duck twenty-four hours earlier, scored a crucial 64, enabling his team to finish on 198 for 9.

In response, the visitors went on the attack with Oxfordshire’s Marcus Campopiano crashing 25 from 22 deliveries. His knock was ended when clean bowled by Singh.

After that, East Molesey lost wickets regularly to accurate Bexley bowling and were humbled out for just 123 with only a bright and breezy 20 by tail-ender Andrew Westphal delaying the inevitable. Eight of the batsmen were either bowled or leg before wicket and Singh again ended with good figures claiming 3 for 23, supported by Freddie Foster (2 for 14) and Jamal (2 for 15).

Next Saturday, they continue their Kent League campaign when hosting reigning champions Hayes before they entertain Brentwood on Sunday in the inter league Conference Cup.