Blackheath’s relegation fears have intensified after a five-wicket defeat at home to HSBC on Saturday.
It means the reigning Kent League Premier Division champions are second from bottom in the table with last weekend’s opponents, who are six points behind them, have a game in hand.
HSBC won the toss and elected to field.
George Wells (58) and Dipayan Paul (68) continued their recent good form at the top of the innings. They have now opened the batting with a partnership of more than 50 for three games on the trot, and raced to 99-0 from 15 overs.
Tanweer Sikander (84) looked back to his imperious best as despite a slow start, he would score 84 from 93 deliveries, bludgeoning the ball over the nets at the far end of Rectory Field.
Mehdi Abbas continued the onslaught in the last five overs with a quick-fire 27 from 15 balls. The target was set at 290, an intimidating chase for any line-up. Blackheath continued their momentum as Jahid Ahmed picked up three early wickets which left HSBC falling behind the match at 72-4.
As Blackheath appeared to canter towards a routine 18 points, Matthew Abbett entered the crease. Being dropped early on from the bowling of Abbas, he would make the home side suffer.
Six after six rained down on the home side leaving the number six on an unbeaten 128 from 83 balls, ably supported by Harry Freeman (56 not out) as he scored the winning runs.
A thoroughly unpredictable result thanks to a magnificent knock from the HSBC man.
Pics: from Keith Gillard
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