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Bell-Drummond inspires Blackheath to win at Beckenham
AN IMPRESSIVE 85 tally from opener Daniel Bell-Drummond inspired Blackheath to a 39-run Kent Cricket League Premier Division victory at Beckenham.
By the time Bell-Drummond was dismissed LBW off the delivery of Johan Malcolm (4-51) Blackheath stood on 139-2.
But further solid efforts by Chris Willets (32), Faisal Shahid (36) and Warren Lee took the visitors up to 234-9.
Beckenham suffered an early setback as Chris Isles (0) went LBW to leave them on 8-1.
Alex Blake entered the fray and his 92 lifted the hosts right back into contention, leaving them on 175-5 when he was finally bowled by James Hands (5-37) and caught by Willets.
However, Beckenham were only able to end another 20 runs to the tally and Blackheath remain second in the table.
They remain 11 points behind leaders Sevenoaks Vine, who enjoyed an easy eight-wicket home win over Hartley.
Hartley (140) struggled to cope with the bowling skills of Fabian Cowdrey (4-28) and Tom Parsons (4-23) and Sevenoaks (141-2) reached the target in 22 overs.
Bexley stay third and just one point off Blackheath following a four-wicket home derby triumph at the expense of Bickley Park.
Bickley Park were on 75-3 when Chris Coulson (53) was ran out by Henry Pickering, with only Ben Leale-Green (22) and Alex Darroch (13) able to post double figure returns from their remaining batsmen as they reached 152-9.
Bexley’s immediate response was far from impressive as Min Patel (5), Greg Bain (0) and George Wells (6) all made quick departures to leave the visitors up against it on 18-3.
But Sandeep Bains (62) eased their nerves and Adam Riley (32 no) and Maruf Chowdhury (33 no) combined well to wrap up the win with five overs to spare.
Bromley (244-3) are now 17 points clear of the relegation zone after Thomas Mees (6-28) played a key role in their 102-run victory at Tunbridge Wells (142).
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