In the Essex Sunday League match against Benfleet on 30th May, Paul Bennett struck an outstanding 175 not out (20 fours and 5 sixes) from just 104 balls, to record the club’s third highest ever individual score.
Paul’s memorable innings was one of the finest seen at North Stifford and bettered his previous highest score for the club of 173 not out for the Under 15s against Stanford-le-Hope on 19th June 1996, when he struck 10 sixes.
The eventual team total of 303 for 5 was one of only twelve instances of a Belhus 300+ team score. And with Richard Day (49), Paul shared a club record 5th wicket partnership of 141, passing the previous 21-year record of 139 made by Andy Armit and Brian Edwards on 25th June 1989 against Ockendon Hospital.
In the 4th XI’s Shepherd Neame League match against Shenfield on 29th May, Stuart Morris (pictured) notched up his long-overdue maiden century.
His fine 104 came in his first innings after breaking two fingers earlier in the season and equalled the record highest individual score for the 4th XI set by Jim Robertson against Brentwood in 2009.
‘Goochie’ became the sixth Belhus batsman to clock up a century this season, following Darren Frampton, Jim Banner, Richard Day, Danny Norris and Paul Bennett.
Our bowlers have recently entered a purple patch with some outstanding performances being recorded.
The Essex Sunday League 1st XI match against Leigh-on-Sea witnessed the very rare feat of two of our bowlers taking 5 wickets apiece. After Paul Bennett struck a cultured 69 in our 215 total, spinner Michael Cansdale captured 5 for 27 and paceman Luke Clements took 5 for 43 to dismiss Leigh for 134 to secure a comfortable victory by 81 runs.
In the 2nd XI’s Shepherd Neame League rain-affected match against Walthamstow, spinner Cliff Cansdale (pictured) continued his excellent season in returning another ‘5-for’ with 5 for 24 to remain our leading wicket-taker.
But the best bowling performance of the season to date was put in by Ian Joyce in the 4th XI Shepherd Neame fixture against Shenfield. His 7 for 63 came from a magnificent 25-over spell (the third highest number of overs in an innings by a Belhus bowler in club history) but Shenfield just held on for a draw.