Cricket: Belhus hold their nerve
Date posted: 06-08-2012
Belhus 1st 220-7 dec
Westcliff on Sea 1st 217-8
Westcliff’s Peter Barnes scored a magnificent 132 at Chalkwell Park on Saturday but Belhus held their nerve in the field as the home side fell just three runs short of victory in an enthralling match. Barnes struck two sixes and 17 fours from 153 balls in 174 minutes at the crease. But earlier, Belhus themselves had made good progress through Joe Joyce with 88 and Gavin Jefferies with 54. Connor Day was the pick of the visiting attack, with four wickets at a cost of 50 runs.
Westcliff on Sea 2nd 110 all out
Belhus 2nd 112-7
The Belhus bowlers took full advantage of damp conditions at North Stifford on Saturday. Dale Kenyon led the way with an impressive 5-58 from 24 overs, four of which were maidens.
Danier Dreher picked up 2-13 from seven overs (one maiden), and Imran Mohammed claimed 2-6 from three overs, also with one maiden. Richard Waters continued the pressure on the visiting batsmen with three maidens in a nine over spell which yielded 1-22. The catalyst for the unrelenting bowling onslaught came from Jack Martin-Hussey, whose opening spell of six overs cost just seven runs which included two maidens. Westcliff’s contributions in the adverse conditions included Sinclair with 39 runs and Curtis, who made 25. After the break, Michael Cansdale top scored for the home side with 28, while Lee Webber contributed 20 and opener Mark Sansom hit 14. For the visitors, Locke claimed 3-13 from seven overs (one maiden) while Rafiq and Randon picked up 2-45 and 2-11 respectively.