Belhus CC give out lashings after Lashings

Woodford Green 1st 79 all out
Belhus 1st 80-3

Fears that the enormity of the previous day’s Lashings World XI hosting would take their toll on the Belhus team proved to be totally unfounded at Woodford on
Saturday, as their hosts were shot out for just 79. Belhus paceman Dale Kenyon was the wrecker to turn the Green to blue, as he steamed in to take five wickets from
15.4 overs, seven of which were maidens. He conceded just 30 runs. Billy Winter returned 3-20 from seven overs (two maidens) while Connor Day picked up 2-18 from ten
overs (three maidens). Eight Woodford Green batsmen were caught, with Martin Guilbert accepting three chances in the field. Their top scorer was Hamaad Sayyed, caught
by Richard Day off the bowling of Billy Winter for 17, while in the tail, Chris Masters hit 11, Aamir Latif scored 13 and David Hawkes mustered 14. After the break,
Danny Joyce led the Belhus response with a fine undefeated 31, while Joe Joyce and Gavin Jefferies both scored 13. For The Green, Latif picked up 2-22 from eight
overs (two maidens), while Paul Davies picked up 1-6 from two overs.

Woodford Green 2nd 84 all out
Belhus 2nd 88-0

This fixture produced a similar outcome to the first eleven game, as Belhus completely routed their opponents. Tom Thompson finished on 43 not out and Mark Sansom
supported throughout to ensure an emphatic ten-wicket victory with an undefeated 29. Like Dale Kenyon in the first eleven game, it was the second eleven’s captain
Chris Baker who ripped through the visitors from North Stifford’s High Road end with 5-23 from ten overs which included three maidens. Jamie Riley and Imran Mohammed
picked up 2-35 and 2-5 respectively, while Rob Joyce recovered sufficiently from the Lashings celebrations to snare an excellent catch at gully and later picked up 1-16 from four overs.

Woodford Green 3rd 117 all out
Belhus 3rd 120-2

The similarity of the three Shepherd Neame Essex league fixtures played between these two clubs continued at third eleven level as veteran workhorse Alan Maidment
became the third Belhus bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in damp conditions. Maidment wheeled away in two spells to pick up 5-26 from eleven overs (three maidens)
while Cliff Cansdale returned 3-22 from thirteen overs, again with three maidens. David Taylor bowled exceptionally well without reward; Daniel Dreher returned 1-16
from seven overs (one maiden). Belhus were largely untroubled by the home attack, but the visiting batsmen put their foot on the gas as dark clouds gathered. As it
turned out, no rain fell, but Jim Banner faltered in the quest for quick runs after scoring 25, though Jim Robertson remained undefeated on 48 not out while John
Forrest clubbed his way to a quick-fire, undefeated 26.

Hornchurch 5th 200-6 dec
Belhus 4th 112-7

This game at Ockendon Recreation ground petered out to a tame draw after Daniel O’Sullivan dominated the Hornchurch innings with a fine undefeated 65. He was supported
by Mohamed Hussain Mohamed Anas with 28 and Jeremy West with 23, but the Belhus response never reached top gear as Michael Randall hit 32 from 114 balls. Anas went on
to claim 3-32 from 14 overs (three maidens). For Belhus, only Jack Panteli joined Randall in reaching double figures with 25. Top Belhus bowler was Brian Edwards,
whose variety yielded 3-49 from nine overs.

Belhus 5th 112 all out
Leigh on Sea 5th 85 all out

On a green and slightly damp pitch at Southend’s Victory Sports Ground, scoring runs was never going to be easy. Belhus, invited to bat, appied themselves well in
tricky conditions and while their total may have been considered as modest, it was a consequence of 38 overs of concentration. This was typified by a resolute innings
from Ryan Prendergast, who batted for a large part of the Belhus innings, scoring 15 runs in the process. A quick-fire 17 and 20 from Jake Wolfe and John Wilson
respectively helped Belhus over the century mark. Leigh opener Aggurs carried his bat for a fine 61 not out, but it was a superior fielding performance from Belhus
which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two teams. Veteran Paul Hall executed a fine diving catch while Mason Ruck, Wilson and Wolfe each achieved run
out dismissals with direct throws to the wicket. Wolfe finished with 3-24 from six overs, while Paul Hall claimed 2-20 from nine overs (one maiden).
Elliot Playle and Sam Hall took one Leigh wicket each.

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