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Blackheath Cricket Club won the Royal London Club Championship for the first time since 1971 after they enjoyed a comfortable 9 wicket win over Northern Cricket Club of the Liverpool & District Premier League.
Blackheath, who play in the Kent Premier League, lost the toss but after being asked to bowl they took apart the Northern top order as Warren Lee, who was named man of the match, removed three of the top four batsmen to leave the Merseyside club on 42-4. Ryan Maddock and Jack Boardman put on 73 for the fifth wicket to bring Northern back into the match before Boardman was stumped for 28 off the bowling of James Hands. Northern then found themselves on 137-8 before Maddock was joined by Paul Park to put on 21 for the ninth wicket. Maddock fell in the final over for 58 as Northern finished on 161-9 from their 45 overs.
The Blackheath reply was impressive as the opening pair of captain Chris Willetts and Jahid Ahmed put on 67 for the first wicket before Ahmed was caught for a run-a-ball 32 off the bowling of Tomas Sephton. Willetts was then joined by Tanweer Sikandar and they enjoyed the afternoon sunshine as they comfortably reached their target with more than 15 overs to spare, Willetts unbeaten on 58 while Sikandar hit 52 from 48 balls.
BLACKHEATH CHAMPIONS IN 2015
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