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CHAMPIONS!! 1st XI Claim First League Title in 34 Years!

79 for Captain Willetts.  Tom Mees takes the clinching wicket 

The 1s claimed their first Kent League crown since 1984 as they demolished 2017 Champions  Beckenham at Foxgrove.   Chris Willetts won the toss and elected to bat.  The skipper led from the front with 79 whilst Tanweer Sikander added 76 in a second wicket stand worth 165.  Jahid Ahmed provided a flourish to the innings with a quick-fire 44 as the visitors closed on 278/7.  An early wicket settled the nerves and when the third fell on 57 the floodgates opened.  57/2 became 61/4 as James Hands removed the dangerman, Alex Blake.  From this dismissal Tom Mees (5/23) and James Hands (4/16) ran amok dismissing the hosts for a meagre 73.  Having had serveral unsuccessful appeals for the 10th wicket Mees' appeal for lbw was upheld and the team celebrated a hard-earned triumph.

The 2s were also in jubilant mood as they claimed promotion.  Bromley were bowled out for 161 with one ball in the innings to spare as Aalok Jain claimed 3 wickets.  Blackheath looked to be in trouble until John Adcock (67) combined with Rahi Robiul (30).  The pair put the home team on the brink of promotion which was sealed with three wicket win.

The 3s ended with a win to finish 3rd in Division 3 (2nd XI).  George Howlett (76) rescued the 3s from 45/6 to post 167 all out.  It was then over to Bharat Hirani, who claimed 5 wickets, as the 3s won by 30 runs.   The 4s secured their status at Champions LESSA.  Nikhil Chouguley picked up 3-fer as LESSA made 203/8.  The 4s fell 57 short with Peter Deal top-scoring (36).

The 5s hosted Bromley Common in Charlton Park and secured 4th in the league.  Swapnil Wipat (61) was the mainstay of the 5s 145/8.  Bromley Common (100/8) batted out the overs and Azim Anwarul claimed 4 wickets.

The 6s beat NatWest but not by enough of a margin to pip them to promotion.  Some useful 20s and Kiran Pinto's 30* helped Will's men to 144/8.   This was 22 runs too many for NatWest, as Vinodh Venkatraman (4/10) and Tejpal Birdi (3/38) did the damage with the ball.

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 6 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 Cricket League, which is one of the strongest amateur cricket leagues in the UK. The Club’s 2nd and 4th XIs also play in the Kent League structure, while the 3rd, 5th and 6th XIs play in the Kent Regional League - often against the 1st or 2nd XIs of other clubs.

Since 1886, the Club's main ground has been the Rectory Field. The Club also has an attractive, high-quality second ground at the old Royal Military Academy in Woolwich. 

The Club’s six Saturday XIs, Sunday teams, midweek programme, youth section and vibrant social scene mean there is a place for everyone from current internationals to the youngest colt.

We seek to enable all our members to play at the appropriate level of cricket for their ability, while enjoying the social and cricketing benefits of being part of a larger club.

Blackheath 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. As 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. We are proud that so many players - from all corners of the UK, and from all around the world - can call the Rectory Field "Home".

Senior outdoor training
Training is from 18:00 on Wednesday at the Rectory.