Epping 1st 172 all out
Belhus 1st 173-6
Billy Winter produced a seasoned bowling performance then Gavin Jefferies led the way with the willow to yield a home victory in the Shepherd Neame Essex League division three on Saturday. Winter bagged 4-20 from ten overs, three of which were maidens. Then Jefferies, opening the Belhus innings, hit 52 as all of the top six Belhus batsmen reached double figures. Michael Fogg, who had earlier taken three catches as wicketkeeper, scored 25, Richard Day hit 15, Joe Joyce 21 then Nick Marns and Winter both contributed 18, the latter undefeated. Epping’s number six batsman Terry Preston top scored with 40, while supporting Winter with the ball were Luke Clements, 1-33, Dale Kenyon 2-33, Rob Joyce 1-37 and Ricki Ellis 2-29.
Epping 2nd 143 all out
Belhus 2nd 144-6
Michael Cansdale produced a fine all-round performance as he dominated this Shepherd Neame league fixture on Saturday. He bagged six wickets at a cost of just 24 runs from eleven overs (four maidens) then produced a patient knock of 29 not out to see his team to victory. Other Belhus contributors with the bat were Ian Joyce, 24, Danny Norris with 15 and John Forrest with 16 not out. Supporting Cansdale junior with the ball was father Cliff Cansdale, who claimed 3-42 from 14 overs, three of which were maidens. Rob Long took the remaining Epping wicket to fall.
Buckhurst Hill 3rd 154 all out
Belhus 3rd 158-7
Jim Robertson fell just one run short of a deserved half-century at Buckhurst Hill on Saturday but contributed more than enough to give the Belhus third eleven a good league victory. Supporting Robertson with the bat were Owen Jefferies, 16, Brian Edwards with 17 and Ben Kent who made 20. Top wicket-takers for Belhus were Paul Hall and Jefferies with 3-46 and 3-35 respectively, though not for the first time this season, Alan Maidment toiled away with little reward, eventually finishing with a very economical 2-20 from 14 overs, eight of which were maidens.
Billericay 5th 170 all out
Belhus 4th 174-4
Belhus fourths maintained their top position in their Shepherd Neame league division with this latest victory at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. Barry Ruck and Mathew Lewis Jnr dominated the Belhus reply, with 43 and 45 respectively.
Before Jack Panteli struck 21 and Alfie Rowley steered the Belhus ship home with a solid 29 not out, Lee Hawkes emerged as top home bowler with a creditable 4-24 from 13.2 overs, while Rowley and Max Scott took two wickets apiece.
Belhus 1st 254-7
Upminster 1st 255-6
Paul Bennett hit a magnificent 98 for Belhus and was supported by Joe Joyce’s excellent 53, but in the end it was Upminster who emerged as winners in this Essex Sunday League encounter at Upminster Park. There were Belhus runs too for Billy Winter, 25, George Brooks, 15, Michael Cansdale 21 and Chris Baker, 12 not out, but all were upstaged by a match-winning 62 from Upminster’s Hammond. With home opener Murphy hitting 49, the park team secured victory at the end of the 39th over.
Top Belhus bowler was left-arm seamer Bradley Sheridan wih 2-40 from seven overs, while Cansdale, Winter and Bennett took a wicket apiece.
Belhus 2nd 175-7
Nazeing Common 2nd 169 all out
Not for the first time this season, Belhus snatched victory when they looked dead and buried at North Stifford on Sunday.
Belhus induced a catastrophic collapse from 150-4 to 169 all out and it was Amy Squires who did much of the damage with 3-17 from four overs (one maiden). The Nazeing skipper, Peter James, had helped himself to a fine century, but Amy’s fourth delivery of her first over saw the visiting centurion dismissed for 110, thanks to a catch by Max Scott at wide mid-on. Squires made further inroads by taking two further wickets, that of Finch caught by Connor Elliott without score, then Amy had Stevens caught by John Gray at slip to record a wicket maiden. With Cliff Cansdale (2-11) stemming the flow of runs at the other end, Mathew Lewis Snr came on to bowl and promptly clean bowled the visitors’ number eleven, Tom Burns, to give Belhus a thrilling win by just six runs. Earlier, twelve year old Mathew Lewis junior hit a fine 46, Lewis Snr hit 32 and Jack Plane scored 29.