Belhus 1st 237-6
Fives and Heronians 1st 234 all out
Billy Winter struck his third century of his playing career in this extraordinary performance at The Paddock on Sunday. Belhus started off their innings in the worst possible way, losing Joe Joyce and their skipper, Chris Baker, in the first over, to leave the visitors tottering with only seven runs on the board. But in this memorable fixture, Ryan Wells joined Winter as these two put on 140 for the third wicket. Winter was undefeated on 106 not out and he struck one six and no fewer than 16 fours, while Wells hit seven boundaries in a fine 53. Danny Norris contributed 27 in the middle order.
Belhus achieved a big boost when Ian Joyce dismissed Fives’ overseas player Irfan Ahmed for just 28. Pakistan-born Ahmed plays international cricket for Hong Kong and won the Ben Hollioake Trophy for the leading player at the Hong Kong Cricket sixes in 2009. However, Buxton became the game’s second centurion with 111, until he was caught at long-on by Norris. In the run chase that ensued amid evaporation of the overs remaining, the home side lost crucial wickets. With the last pair at the crease, ten runs were required from left-arm spinner Brian Edwards. His first ball was dispatched out of the ground over mid-wicket but with the very next ball, a drive to deep long on was fittingly pouched by Winter, to leave Belhus winners by three runs. Edwards finished with 3-19 from 4.3 overs, while Luke Clements and Cliff Cansdale picked up two wickets apiece.
Old Dartfordians 2nd 179 all out
Belhus 2nd 174-5
In the second of two close senior fixtures on Sunday, Belhus failed by just five runs to match their guests at North Stifford. Like their first team, the third wicket flourished, this time to the tune of 106, in which James Banner orchestrated an undefeated 80, while acting skipper Michael Randall played the backing track with 56. Both batsmen hit eleven boundaries each. Despite the slender loss, it was a good day for the Squires family, who took six wickets. Michael Squires bagged 4-49 from eight overs (one maiden), while daughter Amy took 2-20 from three overs and took a fine catch at cover point to boot. Young Jack Martin-Hussey continues to impress with the ball and this latest venture in senior cricket yielded three wickets at a cost of just nine runs from 6.2 overs, two of which were maidens. For the visitors, Vousden top-scored with 61.
Belhus 1st 202 all out
Woodford Green 1st 109-9
Cricket at Belhus certainly isn’t dull at the moment as this weather-affected Shepherd Neame league game produced a thrilling finish with Belhus winning by just one run after a target of 110 was calculated. Batting first on the North Stifford pitch, Richard Day hit 41, Gavin Jefferies continued his fluency in run-accumulation with 37, while Joe Joyce chipped in with a valuable 36. In the post-tea session, Billy Winter took 2-21 from four overs and Ricki Ellis took 2-19 from three overs. But then there was real drama as eight runs were required by Woodford Green from the final over, bowled by Richard Waters. It all came down to the last ball, three runs still required. Two runs were scrambled, but then Green’s number ten batsman Yeo was run-out attempting a potential match-winning third run, courtesy of Rob Joyce.
Leigh on Sea 1st 136 all out
Belhus 1st 137-0
Belhus achieved an emphatic victory at Chalkwell Park in this mid-week fixture, thanks to an undefeated 85 from Billy Winter and 42 not out from veteran Mike Randall. Earlier, Owen Jefferies took 3-24 against a Leigh side for whom Groves top scored with 35. Ricki Ellis and Joe Joyce provided valuable support with two wickets apiece.