Bexley denied victory over champions Hartley by single run
PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 August 2014
Bexley Cricket Club was agonisingly denied what would have been their second victory over Hartley this season when they fell a single run short of the defending champions' score of 246.
Kent Spitfire Adam Riley captained the home side in absence of the injured Jason Benn, but it was Shane Dietz who won the toss and elected to bat in the Kent Premier League encounter at Manor Way on Saturday.
Left-armer Adam Ball dismissed the dangerous James Hockley for zero in the first over before a useful partnership of 78 between Dan Stickels and Dietz (48) gave the visitors some stability.
Bexley continued to make inroads into the Hartley batting line-up as Stickels watched partners come and go. He eventually fell for 74, but late contributions from David Thompson (31) and Jake Benfield (21) meant Hartley reached 246; with the Kent duo, Riley and Ball, taking three wickets apiece.
George Wells found his stride early, hitting three boundaries in the first over of Bexley’s reply. However, his side lost both Rob Sehmi and Wesley Fernando cheaply as they were bowled by Dan Redwood and Benfield.
Wells was joined by Ball, and the pair looked in fine fettle. However, when James Thompson was introduced into the attack, things changed. He dismissed both Ball (42) and Wells (92) before claiming two more victims.
A late rally from the Bexley tail, in particular Harry Furze’s (21), gave them hope. However, hearts sank when - with just two to win - Stanley Wells was run out by Hockley on the penultimate ball.