Jeffries judged top scorer for Belhus this weekend

Orsett 1st 188-7
Belhus 1st 116-8

Orsett deservedly won this Dukes Essex Twenty-20 Group B match by 73 runs at North Stifford on Friday evening.

Belhus 1st 289-6
Old Parkonians 1st 179 all out

Belhus opener Gavin Jefferies struck a magnificent undefeated 116 at North Stifford on Saturday to lead his team to a fine 110-run victory over Old Parkonians in this Shepherd Neame Essex League division three fixture. His partner Martin Guilbert gave valuable support with 46, until he was stumped by Jai Patel off the bowling of Rushan Pandya (2-56 from ten overs) for 46. More solid batting continued down the line with Joe Joyce being dismissed leg before for 35, skipper Wayne Read hit 18, while Dale Kenyon contributed 15. Nine of the Old Parkonians batsmen were caught, three of which were accepted by wicketkeeper Michael Fogg. Despite a middle order rally from Pandya and Imran Khan with 44 and 51 respectively, Belhus were always in the driving seat due to the formidable batting of Jefferies earlier. In previous innings this season, he has never failed to achieved less than 50 in an innings, with scores of 59, 88 and 66 in the past three weeks.

Frenford 208-9
Belhus 1st 210-3

Connor Elliot top scored for Belhus in this emphatic seven-wicket victory at North Stifford on Sunday. Elliot fell just three runs short of a century after hitting ten fours and two sixes and he featured in an opening partnership with Chris Didd of 104. Didd went on to score 53, his innings including six fours and one maximum. With Ryan Wells scoring 16, the two undefeated Belhus batsmen at the crease were Michael Fogg and Danny Joyce with 19 and 13 respectively. Earlier, Raza made a significant contribution to the Frenford cause with exactly 100 runs, but Connor Day proved to be an effective strike bowler to return a splended 4-40 from eight overs, while Luke Clements and Billy Winter picked up two wickets apiece.

Old Parkonians 2nd 137 all out
Belhus 2nd 138-2

Old Parkonians won the toss and elected to bat at Oakfield on Saturday, but then found themselves dismissed for a below-par score against a keen Belhus attack. The home side only had two players in double figures, being opener Zafar Khan, caught at the wicket by Mark Sansom for 19, while Kirubagaran Jayapragasam, batting at number six, scored 66 not out despite the destruction going on around him. Belhus had a new opening attack; they welcomed back paceman Jamie Riley after several years absence and he picked up 2-30 from 15 overs which included four maidens, while David Taylor, promoted from the club’s fourth eleven after an impressive five-wicket haul the previous week, bagged 3-41 from ten overs (two maidens). Owen Jefferies returned 2-30 with six maidens in a spell of 12.5 overs while Chris Baker and John Forrest each picked up one wicket.

In this corresponding fixture last year, Belhus openers Mark Sansom and Tom Thompson walked to the wicket and piled on a unbroken partnership of 221 to achieve a ten-wicket victory; it must have been disconcerting for the fielders to see the same pair walking out to start the Belhus innings. Although there was no repeat of the achievement the previous year, Thompson hit a fine 58 until he was bowled by Max Mukesh, while Sansom was trapped leg before for 33 off the bowling of Ian Simpson. Nick Marns and Scott Bayford, undefeated on 22 and 13 respectively, saw Belhus home to a comfortable eight-wicket victory. For the home side, Simpson finished on 1-46 from six overs and Mukesh 1-21 from 3.3 overs. Parkonians’ opening bowler Jayaprakash Sivarajah was the most economical of the home set, his six overs conceding only a dozen runs which included one maiden, but was unable to make a breakthrough.

Rainham 1st 267-3
Belhus 2nd 230-9

Daniel Skipper of Rainham CC scored his maiden century against Belhus at Spring Farm Park on Sunday, ending up with 107 runs to his name. With team-mate Foster contributing a healthy 89, the home side set Belhus a daunting target. The fact that Belhus eventually fell just 38 runs short of victory says a great deal for a never-say-die attitude of the Belhus camp. Amit Gohil hit 77, Danny Norris struck 51 and Mike Randall scored 41. But Rainham just about kept a lid on things through Rouse 2-39, Dorder 2-33 and Cooper 2-34.

Belhus 3rd 197 all out
Wickford 3rd 156-7

This Shepherd Neame Essex League fixture meandered to an unispirational draw at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. Yet the game started brightly enough as opener Stephen Huckstepp hit a fine 74 from 86 deliveries and Jim Robertson struck 43. James Banner contributed 20, but Wickford staged a courageous fightback as no other batsman reached double figures apart from tail-ender Cliff Cansdale, with 12 not out. Leg-break bowler Black picked up 4-53 from a mammoth 18-over spell which included two maidens, while Ian Brandle claimed 3-50 from 10.1 overs (two maidens). After tea, left-hander Jack Cubitt top scored with 37 until he was brilliantly run out by Stuart Morris with a well executed pick up and throw into the gloves of wicketkeeper Ben Kent. From the thwarted Belhus attack, Alan Maidment picked up 2-33 from 12 overs (two maidens), Paul Whitlock returned 2-36 and Cansdale 2-39.

Wickford 4th 164-9 dec
Belhus 4th 115 all out

Belhus all-rounder Brian Edwards picked up a career best 6-73 from a mammoth 19-over spell at Wickford Memorial Park on Saturday, only to see his team completely wiped out by two devastating individual displays – one from opening batsman Jack McCarthy who fell just three runs short of a century when he was caught by Edwards off the bowling of Mike Squires, then, in the post-tea session, Tommy Morris claimed seven wickets for just 19 runs in a magnificent twelve-over spell which included three maidens. Amidst the Morris-induced carnage, Peter Clark and Connor Elliot resisted to a degree with 47 and 27 respectively.

Belhus U15 159-2
Orsett U15 87-3

Ryan Wells of Belhus hit a fine undefeated half-century to send his team into the second round of the Essex Cricket Board’s Peters Cup competition. With good support from Mathew Lewis, 38 not out, and Jack Panteli with 26, the lofty Belhus total in this 20-overs per side evening fixture looked difficult to overcome. So it proved, though determination was shown by Tom Haden with 40 runs to his credit in the Orsett reply. Belhus will now meet Basildon and Pitsea in the second round.

Belhus U13 78 all out
Orsett U13 79-0

Orsett completely demolished their near neighbours in this friendly at Orsett Recreation Ground on Sunday. Only Harry Davison – with eleven runs – reached double figures, while for Orsett, Harry Hearn struck five boundaries in his 30 not out (retired), Joe Mitchell ended on 28 not out and Jack Plom was unbeaten on eleven runs at the close.

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