The Lemon Cup-winning Simon Langton team

Kent schools cricket final was an all Canterbury affair

The Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys’ first XI have won the county’s schools’ cricket cup.

They defeated the Canterbury Academy XI at Kings Hill Cricket Club to lift the Lemon Cup.

This is the second consecutive year that the school has won the trophy.

It began on a hot day and a flat deck as the Academy won the toss and elected to bat.

Joe Goldbacher and Kent Academy player Tom Davis opened the bowling for the Langton and Davis made the early breakthrough bowling club teammate Bradley Goldsack for 14.

Academy rebuilt to 50-1 before Ben Rutherford, in his last game for the school, produced a spell of two wickets for 14 runs to swing the game.

Jack Doyle battled to hold the Academy’s innings together but fell to Wilf Dibiase for 41.

Dibiase with four wickets and Elliot Fox with three saw off the lower and middle order and the Academy collapsed to 136 all out. Harry Divers was left stranded on 20 not out.

Canterbury Academy’s dangerous bowling attack features premier league player Taylor Chandler of Lordswood Cricket Club who took the new ball.

Langton’s leading run scorer Elliott Fox fell early bowled by Owen Harrison for six before Davis and Rutherford put on a partnership of 68.

Rutherford was caught for a well made 31 leaving Davis and captain Alex Beck to see off the remaining 52 runs needed for victory.

Davis finished with 46 not out and Beck scored the winning runs with a flurry of sixes to finish 35 not out.

The victory continues a long tradition of success in cricket for the Langton, but the final also marks an improving picture at the Canterbury Academy under sports teacher Phil Relf, himself a former Old Langtonian.

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