Rain deepens Bexley’s woes despite return of Kent stars

PUBLISHED: 15:51 30 June 2014 | UPDATED: 16:01 30 June 2014

Adam Ball was not able to turn Bexley's fortunes as weather forced the umpires' hands

Adam Ball was not able to turn Bexley's fortunes as weather forced the umpires' hands

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A combination of heavy showers and questionable umpiring decision ruined Bexley’s chances of what looked a certain victory over Canterbury in Saturday’s Kent Premier League clash at Manor Way.

The home dressing room was given a much needed boost by the return of Kent stars, Adam Riley and Adam Ball.

The confidence gained was palpable on the pitch, and having decided to insert the opposition, the Canterbury batsmen began to tumble.

A wicket for Jason Benn in the first over of the day set the tone for what was to follow, and after a prolonged downpour at 94-8, the visitors slugged their way to a total of 119.

Adeel Malik once again bamboozled the batsmen, taking 4 for 32; well accompanied by Riley’s 3 for 26.

With the time lost in the game for rain, it was predicted that Bexley would have approximately 35 over to chase down the modest total.

The task looked well in-hand as Bexley were coasting along at 60-3 from 16 overs.

However, what followed was one of the more bizarre umpiring decisions.

At the faintest sign of precipitation, the type that wouldn’t even constitute ‘spitting’, the umpires decided to take the players off the field, leaving the Bexley players and supports filled with indignation.

They did return, but only in time for a further 6 overs to be bowled. Despite their greatest efforts, the Bexley batsmen couldn’t manage the additional 60 runs required, and the match was deemed incomplete at 96-8.

Next week Bexley make the short trip to Bickley Park, the only side sitting below them in the division. Victory could see them leap out of the relegation zone.


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