Blackheath maintained top spot in Kent Cricket League Premier with a convincing 89-run win at home to Lordswood on Saturday.
An ominous-looking soft and green wicket convinced the visitors to put Blackheath into bat first. It looked like a bad toss to lose.
That said, this was a case in point of why you should never judge a book by its cover as the wicket was conducive to a fine batting display.
Some disciplined bowling was enough to take out opener Dipayan Paul (9) but a patient Shahzaib Hassan and Tanweer Sikander rode a tricky early period containing some misbehaving deliveries, two dropped catches and some good leaving.
Hassan displayed patience and class, capitalising on anything over-pitched. The highlights of his innings being two lifted cover drives that both travelled beyond the ropes.
His fine display was not enough to earn him a maiden century when an unfortunate mix up led to him being run out for 98.
Sikander didn’t let the end of the 180-run partnership halt his progress and was ably supported by the middle order as he scored an incredulous 147. He consistently found the boundaries over extra cover and mid-wicket and led the home side to a daunting total of 327-5 from 50 overs.
Lordswood came out all guns blazing but 115-1 quickly became 144-5 before the drinks break and this flurry of wickets effectively killed the game off as a contest.
Sikander was again the star, finishing with figures of 4-45 from 10 overs. Jahid Ahmed, Hassan and Jahed Miah all took one wicket apiece with Chris Willett’s golden arm providing two important scalps.
Blackheath face bottom side Bromley Common at Rectory Field on Saturday.