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Mees adds to Lordswood misery

Blackheath's 1st XI consolidated their 2nd position in the Kent Premier League with victory over relegation threatened Lordswood CC in a match reduced to 35 overs per side by bad weather.  

Chris Willetts won the toss and elected to bat but by the time his team mates were strapping on their pads, a swirling storm had bustled in, the covers came on and the players dashed for cover in their respective changing rooms.

The high winds and occasional sun dried the ground up enough to enable a 35 over per side game and George Wells, on the back of two consecutive hundreds, added 32 aggressive runs with Jahid Ahmed for the first wicket. Ahmed attempted one cross-batted shot too many on the bouncy surface and a feint top-edge brought Tanweer Sikandar to the wicket. He and Wells enjoyed a 56 run partnership which was to prove the foundation of the Blackheath innings, before Wells fell LBW for 49 whilst sweeping, and Sikandar joined him shortly afterwards, harshly judged LBW when an inside-edge should have saved him. 

The Club then lost regular wickets but Richard Fleming did his best to shepherd the Club's middle order. 79 runs were added, 39 of which came from Fleming in a determined effort. 

176 seemed a challenging total for the under-strength Medway side but despite the loss of an early wicket, they began positively as the Blackheath bowlers struggled to find their length in difficult conditions.

The home side raced to 58-1 before the introduction of Tom Mees, after a rusty first over, ran through the home side's top order. His 4 wickets from his 7 overs knocked the wind out of Lordswood's aspirations but numbers 9, 10 and 11 added 60 runs to take them within 13 runs of victory with 2 overs remaining.  

The wily James Hands had the last say however, as he had the home side's number 9 stumped to wrap up the tie and complete a much more comprehensive victory for Blackheath than the scoreline may have suggested. 

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.

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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