Belhus CC Reports: Ahmed puts them in a spin

Old Brentwoods 1st  168 all out
Belhus 1st  133 all out

Belhus were sent spinning to defeat at Ashwells Road on Saturday as Sarfaraz Ahmed picked up seven wickets at a cost of just 37 runs from a mammoth 23-over spell, five of which were maidens.  However, Belhus opener Gavin Jefferies hit 57 in an innings which included three boundaries, until he became one of Ahmed’s victims.  Gavin’s openeing colleague, Martin Guilbert, gave support with 28, but apart from Billy Winter with 10 runs, no other Belhus batsman made double figures as Belhus slid to a 35-run Shepherd Neame Essex League defeat.  The remaining three Belhus wickets were claimed by Muhhamed Asif at a cost of 36 runs from ten overs.  Earlier, Akram Shaith top scored for the hosts with 61, until he was trapped leg before wicket by Connor Day (4-54).  Dale Kenyon and Winter picked up three wickets each.  Belhus captain Wayne Read was complimentary about Ahmed’s bowling.  He said: “It was his day, he put the ball on the spot all afternoon and turned it both ways in helpful conditions”.

Old Brentwoods 2nd  77 all out
Belhus 2nd  78-1

Belhus opener Mark Sansom struck a fine 50 which included eight boundaries at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday.  With opening colleague Tom Thompson playing an anchor role with 18 not out, the home side made light work of this nine-wicket League victory.  Imran Mohammed applied the initial brake on the Old Brentwoods batting with 3-14 from eleven overs which included five maidens.  Providing strong support in the bowling department were the two Daniels – Dreher and Norris – with a pair of wickets each, while two run outs from Ryan Wells and Scott Bayford helped conclude the visitors’ batting.

Buckhurst Hill 3rd  214-9 dec
Belhus 3rd  214-5

An extraordinary afternoon’s cricket saw Belhus fail to win this game by the narrowest of margins, as the match was drawn with the scores level.  Belhus won the toss and put their hosts into bat.  Number seven batsman Ali Azid top scored with 53, but Belhus kept toiling away, none more so than Ricki Ellis who picked up 5-44.  David Taylor gave valuable support with 3-37.  Then Neil Lucey hit a fine undefeated 60 from 91 balls faced, but an amazing batting performance by Marc Lewis almost grabbed Belhus a late victory.  Lewis crunched 41 from just 13 deliveries as Belhus matched, but could not surpass, the home team’s total.  Aadil Baig kept a lid on the earlier part of the Belhus reply with 3-28 from ten overs (three maidens) while Leslie Richards took 2-65, from twelve overs.

Belhus 4th 127 all out
Buckhurst Hill 4th 128-9

Scott Stonham of Belhus certainly had a day to remember on Saturday.  Not only did he top score in the modest Belhus tally of 127, he claimed a magnificent six wickets for just 17 runs from eleven overs, five of which were maidens.  Rob Long supported well with 2-18 from six overs, but in the end, Buckhurst Hill held their nerve and scampered the winning runs.  Belhus opener Mike Randall hit a patient 25 as he weathered a difficult pitch as well as a testing visiting attack.   The Belhus fifth eleven fixture away at Hutton was cancelled due to a waterlogged ground.

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