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Bexley’s batsmen fail again as Beckenham win

PUBLISHED: 11:25 23 June 2014

Adeel Malik

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Bexley’s miserable run continued as they lost by 20 runs to Beckenham in the Shepheard Neame Kent Cricket League on Saturday at Manor Way.

The home side headed into the game having won just once this season, but were looking to add to that success and lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

After losing the toss, Bexley’s bowling attack refused to shirk the challenge.

Despite the run-rate ticking along at more than 4 per over, Beckenham lost wickets regularly. But for a sumptuous 100 from Kent batsman, Alex Blake, the visitors would have had a complete collapse. As it was, they set Bexley exactly 200 to win. The pick of the bowlers once again was Adeel Malik, taking 5 for 57.

The hosts’ batsmen have been struggling for runs all season, and to their frustration, that trend continued.

The top six managed just 50 between them, with George Wells scoring 33. Fortunes looked like they might be about to turn when Benn joined a freely scoring Malik at the crease, the pair adding 43 for the ninth wicket. However, Beckenham eventually claimed the last two wickets with Bexley all out for 179.

Malik succumbed in the end for a superb 76 from just 54 balls.

Fellow strugglers, Canterbury, are the next opposition to visit Manor Way in what looks a must-win game for Bexley.

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