Belhus “A” are now the only team with a 100% record after achieving a 52-run victory over Horndon on the Hill in the fifth week of U14 indoor cricket competition at Grays School. Belhus, batting first, were again quick out of their blocks, looking for runs at every opportunity. Their start was domineering as they scored at over ten runs per over, but four run-outs applied a brake to the run siege.
Run out dismissals are common in this form of the game, but a combination of over-exuberance and alert fielding led to the dismissals of Ben Kent 15, Jake Wolfe 14, Mathew Lewis 5 and Sam Hall 4. At one stage, Belhus looked in danger of being dismissed with unused overs, but their remaining batsmen, Joe Downes and Jack Martin-Hussey steadied the ship, both being undefeated on 20 and 16 respectively. This ultimately proved to be a good team effort as they closed on 106 for the loss of four wickets. In reply, Horndon were unable to overcome the Belhus total though their two Daniels – Petts and Stone – scored 10 and 9 respectively. For Belhus “A”, Lewis took 1-3, Hall 1-6 and Wolfe 1-11.
Orsett “B” elevated themselves to a league position higher than their “A” team, but in fairness the “B” team have played one more game as the Orsett team overcame Thurrock by five wickets. Orsett scored 68 for the loss of just one wicket in reply to Thurrock’s 67 all out. James Milsom scored 25 for Thurrock, while Orsett’s contributors with the bat were Joe Mitchell with 22 not out and Klay Smith, who scored ten runs.
Meanwhile Belhus “B” achieved a four-wicket win over Stanford le Hope through an undefeated third-wicket partnership between Toby Reynolds, 15 not out, and Jack Davison, 14 not out. Carter top-scored for Stanford in their all-out innings of 63 while Daniel Wakeling was impressive with the ball for Belhus with two wickets at a cost of just 14 runs. The Belhus club managed to achieve a maximum-point double across their two teams, as Orsett had done the previous week.