Cricket: Champions Blackheath brought back down to earth with a bang

Reigning Kent Premier League champions Blackheath suffered an opening day defeat at Lordswood

It was a good toss for Lordswood to win. With hail and rain arriving at regular intervals throughout the afternoon, the Blackheath batsman struggled to find any rhythm as they limped to 165 from 38 overs.

They did start brightly as George Wells (44) and Rishi Roy-Mukherjee (17) went about their business smoothly. That said, despite Richard Fleming’s (42) resistance in the middle overs, no other individual was able to have a marked impact.

Blackheath remained in the game on a deck that was unpredictable at best.
Tanweer Sikander opened his account in the league by knicking off Kent batsman Sean Dickson for nine, straight into the hands of Dipayan Paul at first slip.

Lordswood were then able to consolidate. Despite never being above the rate, they didn’t lose wickets either and it took a drinks break to re-galvanise the away side.

Basit Ahmed, making his KPL debut as wicketkeeper, rose to the challenge displaying extraordinary athleticism to run out the non-striker as Lordswood tried to steal a quick single from Paul.

A brief revival followed leaving Lordswood 104-5 with both Chris Piesely and Shaun Piesely at the crease. It was to be their day. A few big hits took the wind from Blackheath’s sails and saw Lordswood over the line by four wickets.

It was a tough introduction to the new season but Blackheath will take solace from the seven bonus points gained. They play Beckenham at home this weekend.

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