Billericay too tricky for Belhus

Belhus 1st 245 all out
Billericay 1st 249-6

Belhus opener Gavin Jefferies continued his fine run of early-season form with a fine innings of 66 at North Stifford on Saturday, but it was Billericay who came away with the spoils in a closely fought fixture played in a fine spirit. Martin Guilbert hit 29, while the middle-late order saw a revival as Michael Fogg and Dale Kenyon both hit 32. Pick of the Billericay bowlers were Stuart Hynes with three wickets for 34 runs from ten overs, which included two maidens. Paul Walter ended his eight-over spell with 2-39 (one maiden), while opening bowler Charlie Crassbourne returned 2-45 from eight overs in a spell which also included one maiden. Dominic Kempster picked up 1-21 from five overs.

After the tea interval, the visitors’ batsmen were soon making runs, with opener Mike Smith scoring 52 until he was bowled by Guilbert (1-33 from ten overs). It was not until the final over of this 50 overs per side Shepherd Neame Essex League encounter was decided. Billericay’s number five batsman, Andrew Smith, struck a match-winning undefeated 61 and he was supported by Walter with 21 not out. For Belhus, Dale Kenyon and Rob Joyce picked up 2-46 and 2-67 respectively, while Billy Winter joined Guilbert in picking up one wicket, that of opener Paul Southgate, who made 33 runs.

Belhus 1st 236-6 dec
Nazeing Common 1st 237-4

After Michael Cansdale and Joe Joyce led the way with the bat for Belhus with 44 and 42 respectively, the home side’s Stunny and Blair made match-winning scores of 87 and 75 not out to seal the Belhus fate. For the second time on the road in a social Sunday fixture this season, Belhus were unable to protect a testing target. The best Belhus bowlers on display were Graham Davidge and Ian Joyce with one wicket apiece.

Belhus 1st 151-7
Stanford le Hope 1st 113 all out

Joe Joyce batted superbly to ensure Belhus won this opening Dukes T20 evening fixture at North Stifford on Friday evening. Joyce crafted a fine 81 and he found support from Michael Fogg, who hit 32. In fast-fading light, Stanford were dismissed for 113, with Duncan Page top scoring with 42. The evening’s best bowling performance was Stanford’s Gregg Barr with an impressive three wickets for just ten runs off four overs (one maiden), while for Belhus, Dale Kenyon and Martin Guilbert picket up one wicket each.

Billericay 2nd 196-6 dec
Belhus 2nd 199-5

An 85-run partnership for the third wicket between Tom Thompson and Scott Bayford of Belhus CC proved decisive in this opening Shepherd Neame league fixture at the Toby Howe ground on Saturday. Thompson hit 63 which included ten boundaries from 92 balls, while Bayford was more explosive as his 65 runs were achieved from only 40 deliveries and included 13 fours. With Mark Sansom hitting 21, skipper Chris Baker joined the stylish Danny Norris at the crease as these two saw Belhus home to a comfortable five-wicket win. For Billericay, Mayhook, Barnard and Ash each took one wicket, while Crouch claimed two wickets but at a cost of 33 runs.

Earlier, White led the home batsmen with a fine 52 and he received support from Pearce 31, Copsey 29, Ash 23 and Rutland 22. But Billericay were pegged back for most of the afternoon as Owen Jefferies claimed three wickets at a cost of just 23 runs from nine overs. Ricki Ellis took 1-35, Michael Cansdale returned 1-44 and Ryan Wells finished with 1-41.

Belhus 3rd 169 all out
Southend and EMT 3rd 162 all out

A magnificent innings of 54 from Lee Webber in testing batting conditions at Ockendon Recreation Ground gave Belhus a glimmer of hope in this Shepherd Neame league encounter on Saturday. Despite Mathew Lewis hitting 26 and Brian Edwards executing a couple of excellent drives in a knock of 23, it seemed to be of little avail as Southend’s left-handed openers Hill and Ross looked in no trouble at all. But then Belhus skipper Paul Whitlock, with Southend having reduced the deficit to less than 100, turned to his spin bowlers. This was a key moment in the game, as Jim Banner bagged 5-42 from ten overs. Cliff Cansdale claimed 4-21 from 15 overs (three maidens), while Edwards picked up 1-33. Alan Maidment was, not for the first time, unlucky to avoid a share of the spoils; though his eight-over spell cost of only 20 runs. For Southend, P. Kearney picked up 3-30 from 13 overs (two maidens), while T. Kearney, Ejaz and E. Kearney picket up two wickets apiece.

South Woodford 5th 162 all out
Belhus 4th 168-5

The Belhus fourth eleven’s first game in division two after being promoted last year saw them achieve a fine five-wicket victory at Hainault Recreation Ground on Saturday. Belhus skipper Mike Squires won the toss and invited South Woodford to bat. The decision appeared to be the right one as the East London club collapsed to 80 for the loss of eight wickets. But then a ferocious knock of 88 by Stephens saw the home side to a respectable 162. David Taylor, marked a fine Belhus debut by claiming 5-47, while Jack Plane took 3-27.

In reply, Belhus started steadily with Connor Elliot scoring 28, though wicketkeeper-batsman Darren Frampton had a day that he – and his team-mates – will remember. He played the lead role and hit the winning runs in a splended innings of 66, having earlier taken four catches behind the timbers.

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