Blackheath CC win Kent Premier League title for first time in over 30 years

Blackheath Cricket Club secured the ECB Kent Premier League title for the first time since 1984 with a crushing last day defeat of reigning champions Beckenham. 

Blackheath captain Chris Willetts, in his tenth year at the helm, won the toss and elected to bat. 

Despite starts for Dipayan Paul (10) and George Wells (12) the Club may have been nervy at 42-2 but Willetts led from the front as he and the prolific Tanweer Sikandar amassed 165 for the third wicket. 

After Willetts departed for an industrious 79, Sikandar soon followed for a finely crafted 76 which was enough to crown him as the league’s leading run scorer in 2018.

Jahid Ahmed picked up the gauntlet with an explosive 44 from 28 balls, and he batted with the lower middle order to reach a daunting total of 278-8. 

Blackheath soon made in-roads into the Beckenham batting but an accomplished middle-order that included Kent County dynamo Alex Blake meant that the contest was far from over. 

The veteran bowling duo of slow left-armer James Hands and  former Warwickshire seamer Tom Mees then combined to apply a pressure which the home side could not cope with. After Hands (4-16) bowled Blake (2) with a flighted delivery, Mees removed the home captain Will MacVicar for a resilient 34 and the pair ran through the lower order. 

It was left to Mees (5-23) to snare the final wicket which wrapped up a 205 run win and brought the title back to south London, capping off a tremendous period for the Club which has realised a plethora of achievements including County T20 titles and the National Knockout Cup.

The club is already looking forward to the 2019 season and hopes to build on its on field successes. 

If anyone holds an interest in playing in one of the six sides put out every Saturday or in sponsoring the club or the 1st XI please contact Membership Secretary Charlie Speller at charlie-sid@hotmail.co.uk – For more information please visit the club website – http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/blackheathcricketclub/

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