Sikandar and Ahmed toast Sandwich
Blackheath's 1st XI maintained pressure on the Premier League leaders with a comfortable victory over relegation-threatened Sandwich Town on Saturday.
Batting first, Jahid Ahmed (35) and Dipayan Paul (20) added 61 for the first wicket in good time before Paul was caught at the wicket. Regular wickets then fell but as it became apparent the surface would not be quite as conducive to heavy run scoring as Rectory Field pitches have been thus far this season, Warren Lee settled in to compile a well crafted 56. Captain Chris Willetts (27*) and James Hands (15*) then pushed the final total up to a highly competitive 213-8.
Ahmed and Tanweer Sikandar took the second innings new ball and as it turned out, no other bowlers were required as they tore the east coast side apart. No batsman managed to get into double figures and all but one dismissal was either bowled, LBW or caught off the edge - Ahmed finishing with 4-24 and Sikandar bringing an end to proceedings with 6-25.
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Blackheath Cricket Club is one of the leading cricket clubs in London. Formed over one hundred and fifty years ago and sporting a colourful history, Blackheath fields 7 league teams every Saturday, up to 3 teams on a Sunday and also operates an extensive youth section as well as a growing women’s section.
The 1st XI play in the Premier Division of the Kent League, one of the strongest amateur cricket leagues in the UK. The Club’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th XIs also play in to the Kent Premier League structure making the number of opportunities available for high level cricket at one club relatively unique. As such the Club has recently opened a new second ground at the Academy in Woolwich.
The Club’s other XIs, Sunday teams, midweek programme and vibrant social scene mean there is a place for everyone from current internationals to complete beginners.
Blackheath also has one of the leading youth sections in the UK, regularly progressing to the latter stages of the ECB National U13 and U15 Cup competitions. An ECB Focus Club with Clubmark accreditation and a wealth of experienced coaches, Blackheath provides an environment where young people can enjoy the game recreationally but also supports a steady stream of young people to access county age-group squads.
Blackheath Cricket Club is situated in the London Borough of Greenwich but serves much of central south and east London. As such the Club prides itself on a diverse membership with players from around the UK and around the world currently calling the Club’s Rectory Field ground home.
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The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
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In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
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