The 1st XI entertained our near friends Bromley on a glorious day and the game also coincided with the annual VP's and Ex Players lunch so a good crowd was in attendance!
With Bromley losing the toss, skipper Simon Routh had no hesitation in batting and was rewarded by a strong start from Grant Sheen (30) and James Bamber (22). Their 52 run opening partnership was broken when Grant fell LBW and then sadly James was run out and to compound this, Jamie Askew (17) was also run out.
92-2 soon became 113-6 but debutant FInnan Bryan (11) then came to the crease and offered valuable support to the inform Hayden Walsh (71).
Finnan fell in the penultimate over and Hayden in the last and Hayes finished on 178-9 on what looked another good wicket.
Bromley lost 3 wickets for 63 runs but then their overseas took our attack apart and was them home for no further loss in the 40th over.
A lot of work to do in the second half of the season but once again this is a league where all sides are capable of beating each other.
The all conquering 2nd XI travelled to Broadstairs and were invited to bat.
Skipper Sam Davis led from the front before a hamstring injury led to him retiring on 74. Lewis Hickford (35) and Joe Tousent (22)} and some lusty blows from Jayson Thompson (14) saw Hayes reach 193-8.
Broadstairs piled on quick runs and at 40-0 looked well placed to challenge but an inspired early bowling change from the skipper saw the opening partnership broken by Michael Robertson (7-2-21-1) and then Andrew Eddicott (8.1-1-29-4), Jayson (6-1-26-3) and Tom Davis (12-3-38-2) saw Hayes begin to dominate and Broadstairs were bowled out for 143.
Half way and with only one defeat the side are doing well and top the league!
With the 3rd XI having a bye week, the 4th XI were the only other side in action and they travelled across the common to Bromley Common.
Hayes asked Bromley Common to bat and Kevin Coates (10-2-33-3) was soon amongst the wickets. The highlight of the innings was a hat trick from Leo Webster (7-0-20-1). Leo took the last 2 wickets in last weeks win in consecutive balls and his first ball produced another wicket!
Lewis Thisleton (6.2-0-34-3) and Alfie Peck (2-0-6-3) finished the Common off for 170.
Adam Greenway (74) and Leo (43) held the innings together as Hayes reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets in the 36th over - a good win over the Commons 3rd XI.
Sunday saw The Legends travel to Beckenham for the traditional all day match.
Beckenham won the toss and decided to bat. Wickets were hard to come by as the Beckenham batsmen enjoyed the conditions and amassed 246-6 before declaring.
Skipper Peter Jones used 7 bowlers with Finlay Baker (9-2-19-1) being the pick.
Sean Thistleton (41) and Michael Robertson (30) saw Hayes off to a good start and with Finlay adding to his impressive bowling with 73 not out, an unlikely win was on the cards. However wickets fell regularly and when the innings came to a close after the customary 20 overs from 6.30pm, Hayes had hung on for a draw at 205-8. David Tappenden proving a resilient number 10!
So the season reaches half-way with the 1st team needing a good second half, The 2's and 3's heading their leagues and the 4's handily placed.
Updated 06:43 - 11 Jul 2017 by Harri Kallas