The two-day fixtures, introduced as a pilot scheme last season, failed to produce very many two innings matches.

But Beckenham, champions of Division One last year, should be involved in one if the first day's play at Folkestone is anything to go by. The home side were dismissed for a paltry 112 in under 52 overs with Chris Pickers taking 4-38.

But Beckenham found it equally as tough when they batted and were struggling at 94-8 after 48 overs when stumps were drawn. And had it not been for a super innings of 51 from Robert Key they would have been in even bigger trouble. James Tredwell did most of the damage taking 5-41.

Runs were also hard to come by at Plaistow Road where Bromley entertained last season's champ-ions The Mote, from Maidstone.

Matt Border's 4-16 put the skids under The Mote, who were skittled for just 110.

But Bromley's reply was painfully slow, with only 76 being scored off a shade over 57 overs for the loss of five wickets.

Bickley Park, however, can be well satisfied with their day's work at Manor Way against Bexley, whose first innings had reached 184-6 when it was suspended after 68 overs under the new rules.

Bickley's reply was going well and had reached 107-2 off 34 overs when stumps were drawn.

But Orpington, who were promoted from Division One last season, are in a lot of trouble against Folkestone at Goddington Dene.

Darren James and James Lincoln took nine wickets between them for just 41 runs as Orpington were routed for just 75. And Neil Lawrence's 41 has given the visitors a firm base on which to build on their 140-3 close-of-play score.

In Division One, where games are still played as one-day fixtures, Martin Pratt's fine 63 enabled Hayes to make 177-7 before the home side dismissed Lordswood for 132