Bexley Cricket Club defeated in high-scoring spectacle against Lordswood
PUBLISHED: 11:30 29 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:30 29 July 2014
Bexley Cricket Club's recent good form was halted in a high-scoring spectacle at Lordswood on Saturday.
The visitors are just 7 points above the relegation zone after the 34-run defeat.
The toss was by Lordswood skipper, Lyndon Lockhart, who inevitably decided to bat.
The pace and bounce in the wicket, combined with the lightning-fast outfield, meant Bexley’s bowlers struggled to contain the run-rate throughout the first powerplay.
The home side had amassed 81 before Wesley Fernando trapped Jack Richardson (33) LBW in just the 12th over.
Palash Joshi (53) and Matt Greenwood (71) both made half-centuries as Lordswood were bowled out for a formidable 274 in the final over.
The visitors began well against the pacey opening attack of Amjad Khan and Adeel Hussain. However, after taking the score to 42 without loss, Bexley openers Rob Sehmi (19) and George Wells (12) were dismissed in the same Hussain over.
He struck again in his next over, removing Adam Ball for 4, leaving Bexley reeling at 49-3.
That became 69-5 before the travelling team began to hit back.
Impressive stroke-play from Matt Stiddard (28) and some heavy hitting from Malik (48), Mehdi Abbas (33) and Mike Maietta (34) gave Bexley hope, before they eventually were all out for 240.