West Essex 1st 191 all out
Belhus 1st 144 all out
Belhus succumbed to a 47-run defeat at The Rolls, Highams Park on Saturday. Rob Joyce found the conditions to be to his liking as he claimed four wickets for 39 runs from ten overs, two of which were maidens. He received valuable support from Dale Kenyon 2-33, Billy Winter 2-29 and Roy Heffernan, 1-26. But when Belhus batted, again the bowlers dominated as as Z Nazir bagged 4-18 from ten overs, which included four maidens. The visitors had just four batsmen in double figures, none of whom went on to make a significant tally, though Winter top-scored with 27. Opener Gavin Jefferies made 22, while Michael Fogg contributed 13 and Richard Day 11. Joyce was left undefeated, also with eleven runs.
Belhus 2nd 200-8 dec
Stanford le Hope 2nd 177-5
Both teams settled for a draw at North Stifford after Stanford pair Kevin Smith and James Drain scored 57 and 56 respectively in this Shepherd Neame Essex league derby fixture.
Woodford Green 3rd 203 all out
Belhus 3rd 183 all out
Pallav Bhatt of Woodford Green certainly had a game to remember – not only did he score a century, but he went on to claim six wickets for just 37 runs in 9.3 overs, and achieved a hat-trick to wrap up a fine 20-run victory for his team. Alan Maidment and Cliff Cansdale took 4-46 and 4-40 respectively, with Scott Bayford picking up the remaining two wickets at a cost of 29 runs from seven overs. Belhus had four batsmen in double figures, being Mathew Lewis junior with 47, Bayford, 37, Richard Dopson, 39 and Ben Kent, 15. But Belhus expired as Bhatt claimed the final three wickets within a devastating hat-trick, to add to his 117 earlier in the match.
Belhus 4th 191-7 dec
Brentwood 6th 104-6
Belhus had to settle for a draw in this rain-effected Shepherd Neame league match on Saturday. Lee Webber top scored with 43, while John Wilson and Michael Randall contributed 32 each. With Darren Frampton providing support with 25, Belhus were able to make a sporting declaration. But after tea, they found themselves battling not only the Brentwood batsmen, but also the weather conditions. In a curtailed innings, Brentwood held on for a draw despite the best endeavours of captain Paul Whitlock, who returned figures of 4-31.
For Brentwood, Nation hit 21 and Maxwell top-scored with 40.
Belhus Past 246-2
Belhus Veterans 121 all out
Belhus started their cricket week to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary by challenging their 1988 first eleven. Consequently, the invited guests proceeded to smash the ball to all parts of the North Stifford village green. Openers Terry Lambert and Tony Lincoln were particularly severe on the hosts bowling attack as these to put on 169 for the first wicket. Lambert struck a fine 92 before he was caught at deep mid-off by Paul Hall, while Lincoln was trapped leg before for 86. Both wickets to fall were attributable to the wily left-arm spin of Brian Edwards, who finished with 2-46. The guests’ prowess did not end with their innings. Mark Winter kept the lid on the post-tea run chase with three wickets at a cost of just eight runs.
Belhus 2nd 123-3
A young Belhus team, bereft of many senior players who were indulging elsewhere in the hosting of a team from their illustrious past, performed magnificently to produce a seven-wicket victory at Wilmington on Sunday. They had Ryan Wells and Michael Cansdale to thank for match-winning undefeated contributions of 50 and 33 respectively. Earlier, Belhus had restricted the hosts to 120 thanks to two wickets from Owen Jefferies, both his victims being clean bowled.