Ongar 1st 123 all out
Belhus 1st 124-2
Belhus stormed through to the second round of the Shepherd Neame League Cup after an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Ongar at North Stifford on Saturday. Belhus opener Gavin Jefferies led the way with a fine undefeated 59 after an equally impressive bowling display from the home side. The opening attack of Dale Kenyon and Jonathan Gordon yielded 2-16 and 2-25 from six overs respectively as the first four Ongar batsmen all failed to reach double figures. With first change bowler Connor Day picking up two wickets for 31 runs from six overs, Rob Joyce and Billy Winter mopped up with one wicket each. Two run-outs from Richard Day enduced an early tea as Ongar were dismissed after just 29.5 overs, despite the best efforts of Asfak Patel who top scored in the innings with 28. In the post-tea session, Joe Joyce supported Jefferies with a crafted 41 not out, while Martin Guilbert contributed 19 runs. For Ongar, Michael Hayward picked up two wickets at a cost of 38 runs. Belhus will now visit first division Gidea Park and Romford this coming Saturday in the second round.
Belhus 2nd 186-8
Rainham 1st 184 all out
Apurv Sehgal produced a fine all-round performance in this friendly fixture on a verdant carpet at Spring Farm Park by first scoring 41 runs and followed that up with three wickets for just 16 runs from five overs, which included the crucial wicket of Rainham top scorer Sarro for 34. Then, just as Rainham’s last pair were on the brink of victory, Sehgal achieved a run out with a throw to the bowler’s end where Mark Winter duly obliged by breaking both the wicket and the home team’s aspirations. Steve Huckstepp contributed a fine half-century and Tom Thompson hit 30, while for Rainham, Ian Havard claimed 3-19 from eight overs. Mark Winter picked up 2-20 and Brian Edwards claimed 2-23, while Mark Sansom was impressive behind the timbers with three stumpings.
Cassowaries 99 all out
Belhus 3rd 100-1
Belhus rounded off a fine Saturday with all three teams winning. Cassowaries had made a confident start at 76 for the loss of just two wickets, but, with the introduction of spin bowlers Mike Squires and Cliff Cansdale, they lost their remaining eight wickets for just 23 runs. Cansdale picked up four wickets at a cost of just two runs, while Squires was equally effective with four wickets at a cost of 20 runs. Belhus later found a second opponent in the weather, as storm clouds rapidly approached the Forest Road ground at Fairlop. Stuart Morris hit 49 until he was yorked, and it was left to Michael Randall and Richard Dopson to knock off the remaining runs in style.