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Malik magic secures Bexley win

PUBLISHED: 11:06 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:48 15 July 2014

Adeel Malik

Adeel Malik

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Adeel Malik continued his red-hot form with both bat and ball as Bexley gained their second victory on the season, away at Sandwich Town on Saturday.

The Pakistan-born all-rounder capped off a solid team performance which earned a 36-run win, closing the gap between the two sides to just 7 points.

After recent batting flops, a reshuffle saw Mehdi Abbas join Matt Stiddard at the top of the order. The move paid off as the pair added 63 for the first wicket, before Abbas (28) skied a slower ball from Liam Evans. Stiddard (36), Jack Bell (25), Rob Sehmi (30) and Wesley Fernando (23) all added valuable contributions.

However, it was Malik’s exhilarating knock of 81 from 61 balls - including seven sixes - which elevated Bexley’s total to a formidable 251-8 from their 50 overs.

Ryan Davies was bowled by Jason Benn for 0 in the first over of Sandwich’s response, before a masterclass in running between the wickets from both Marnus Labuschagne and Robert Goatham put the home side in the driving seat at 115-1.

However, Goatham attempted one quick single too many and was run out by Malik for 59.

Malik (2-31) then removed Labuschagne, LBW for 66; arguably the most pivotal moment of the match as the Australian had looked in imperious form.

George Wells (2-40) claimed two Sandwich middle-order wickets, before two more calamitous run-outs left the hosts all but finished.

Benn (2-31) then brought himself back to wrap up the innings at 215, and take home the much-needed 18 points.

Bexley host Kent Premier League leaders, Sevenoaks Vine, at Manor Way this Saturday.

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