Cricket: Belhus bridge the gap against Dartford
Date posted: 13-08-2012
Belhus 2nd 230-2
Belhus bridged the age gap to win this Sunday friendly against Dartfordians at North Stifford. Belhus skipper for the day Peter Clark won the toss and together with his fellow 40 plus opener Richard Waters set about posting a first wicket partnership of 185. Waters graciously retired out on 101 in an innings sprinkled with boundaries (15 x 4′s and 2 x 6′s). Clark succumbed caught behind for 73. He hit ten fours and bought his 50 up with a towering straight six over the sightscreen and into the High Road. Scott Stonham added 25 as Belhus closed on 230 for 2. The Belhus battery of young bowling talent then set about Dartfordians with vigor. Chief spoiler was Joshua Reynolds with 4 for 23 from seven overs. He was ably supported by Iniyan Anbalakan with 1 for 18 and Sam Hall 1 for 30. Hall also took three catches in the outfield. Jake Wolfe mopped up the tail with 2-12 as Dartfordians closed on 146 for 9, as Belhus clinched a win by 84 runs.
Loughton 1st 250-5
Belhus 1st 251-2
Any fears that the home side had set an unassailable total were quickly brushed aside by the Belhus batsmen who made light work of the run-chase on Sunday. In fact the target was reached inside 30 overs as Ryan Wells rounded off a fine weekend by hitting a magnificent 103 from just 75 balls, to follow his 76 made in the second eleven league match the previous day. Michael Cansdale and Michael Fogg also contributed to the fine win with scores of 60 and 52 not out respectively. Earlier, Ian Joyce was the pick of the Belhus bowling attack with 4-37 from eight overs.
Horndon on the Hill 1st 219-7 dec
Belhus 1st 188-8
This finely-balanced Shepherd Neame Essex League division two derby ended with honours just about even at North Stifford on Saturday. Horndon’s Jeff West got the ball rolling with a fine undefeated half-century, only for Joe Joyce of Belhus to respond with 48 later in the afternoon. The unerring symmetry of this match continued as Jack Marson picked up 3-60 from 21 overs for Horndon, while Dale Kenyon collected 3-92 from 23 overs for Belhus. Gavin Jefferies gave Belhus support with 37 as opening bastman and his Horndon counterpart did likewise with 45. Danny Norris hit 24 for Belhus and Michael Canavon hit 29 for the visitors. Connor Price, Kashif Nizami, Thomas Moseley and West picked up one wicket each for Horns while opposing claims were made by Connor Day, Billy Winter and Owen Jefferies. Without doubt, a draw was a fair result.
Belhus 2nd 131 all out
Old Southendian and Southchurch 2nd 132-5
The Old Boys won the toss and invited Belhus to take first knock at Southchurch Park on Saturday. Ryan Wells batted magnificently for a superbly crafted 76, but sadly there was insufficient support from his team colleagues as the visitors succumbed after 27.1 overs. Old Southendian and Southchurch found themselves with plenty of time in which to make the winning runs, but suffered a few glitches on the way as they lost five wickets to a keen Belhus attack.
Gidea Park and Romford 4th 175 all out
Belhus 3rd 176-2
Jake Wolfe struck a magnificent undefeated 60 to put the on-form Belhus third eleven into a strong position for potential promotion this year. Tom Thompson hit 47 and James Robertson finished on 26 not out. Earlier, Robert Long was the pick of the Belhus bowling with 3-46 from 14 overs, two of which were maidens.
Shenfield 4th 252-8 dec
Belhus 4th 187 all out
Belhus emerged as second best in this league encounter at Shenfied as George Ballington hit a fine 74 for the home side. He eventually fell to Michael Squires, who picked up four wickets at a cost of 66 runs from twelve overs. When Belhus replied, Michael Randall and John Wilson both scored 34, Paul Whitlock hit 30 while Squires completed a fine all-round match by scoring 24.