Sunday, February 5, 2023

Belhus CC reign despite the rain

Ilford U15 136-2
Belhus U15 137-3

The Belhus youngsters snatched a fantastic win in a last-ball thriller in the County stages of the Peters Cup competition. Quality batting was on display from both teams, first from Ilford who cruised to 117 without loss with Harris retiring on 51 as obliged to do under competition rules. Vithu and Nikhil 40 and 28 not out took the score to 136 for 2 at the end of the twenty overs. Belhus openers RyanWells and Ben Kent matched the earlier Ilford openers’ domination of the bowling. Wells retired in style with a six to reach 52. With five overs to go 47 runs were required, Mathew Lewis strode to the crease and quickly smashed a fine 20 and together with Jake Wolfe (15 not out), these two scored 14 and 15 off successive overs which included two sixes and four fours. This reduced the required rate to 12 runs required off the final two overs. Lewis was then bowled by Harris to add to the tension and seven runs were required off the last over.

A dot ball frayed the Belhus nerves still further but then Wolfe pulled a short ball to the square leg boundary. Another dot ball followed, then Jack Martin-Hussey sacrificed his wicket going for a second run, which left two runs needed from the same number of deliveries. Wolfe squeezed out a single, leaving the scores level and new batsman Sam Hall to face the final delivery. A perfectly executed off drive evaded the field which saw Belhus through to the next round of the Peters Cup when they will travel to Woodford Wells.

Belhus 2nd 205-4
South Weald 90 all out

Jim Banner struck a magnificent 86 at North Stifford on Sunday as the Belhus second string powered their way to a fine 115-run victory over South Weald. Banner hit seven boundaries and in addition he was credited with five runs due to an overthrow. Connor Elliot hit two sixes and four fours in a strong knock of 42, despite the best efforts of visiting bowlers Pye (1-30) and Gormley (2-43). After the break, the Belhus bowlers were always on top as Ricki Ellis claimed 1-18 from eight overs (one maiden) and Mathew Lewis junior picked up 2-11 from seven overs which included three maidens. John Gray continued the good work with 2-18 from eight overs and Amit Gohil picked up 2-12 from three overs. Jack Plane also picked up a wicket from a very tidy four overs which included three maidens, conceding just five runs in the process. For the visitors, opening batsman Burke top scored with a fine 52 until he was run out. Burke hit three fours during his patient occupation of the crease.

Orsett 5th 67 all out
Belhus 5th 68 all out

Jake Wolfe with 30 not out and Richard Dopson with 20 not out completed a fine ten-wicket victory over neighbours Orsett in this Shepherd League derby fixture on the non-turf pitch at the Lakeside Sports Ground. In the inaugural hiring of the ground by the Belhus club, Lee Hawkes bagged three Orsett wickets while Sam Hall picked up two. Meanwhile, the top four Belhus teams had their Saturday league games abandoned at various stages due to rain, though the Belhus third eleven remain top of their division. Also falling victim to the weather was the Sunday first eleven’s league visit to Stanford, which means that Belhus have lost their last three league games on the Sabbath to the weather.


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