Epping 1st 211 all out
Belhus 1st 213-3
An 85-run unbroken fourth wicket stand between Danny Joyce and Martin Guilbert enabled Belhus to complete a fine win over Epping at North Stifford on Saturday. Joyce hit an immaculate 78 from 64 balls faced and his innings included eleven fours and one six, while Guilbert contributed 29 from 38 deliveries, hitting four fours in the process. Statistically, Guilbert’s innings was matched by his skipper, Wayne Read, who also hit four boundaries in a knock of 29 but from one fewer delivery. Joe Joyce hit 48 until he was trapped leg before just two runs shy of a deserved half-century, while opener Gavin Jefferies scored 21. In the Epping innings, Dan Sly top scored with 53 from 41 deliveries hitting nine fours during his occupancy of the crease. His exit from the stage occured when he was caught by Gavin Jefferies off the bowling of younger brother Owen, who claimed 5-46 from 15.5 overs, four of which were maidens. Dale Kenyon claimed 3-66 from 18 overs (three maidens), while Connor Day and part-timer Guilbert picked up one wicket each. The bowling was backed up by another competent fielding display as Belhus wicketkeeper Michael Fogg picked up two catches as well as a fine stumping off Owen Jefferies to put Belhus back on the winning track of division three of the Shepherd Neame Essex League.
Belhus 1st 265 all out
Thurrock 1st 214-8
After suffering three consecutive washouts in their most recent attempts to compete in the Essex Sunday League, Belhus at last got through a league game on the Sabbath with a fine win over Thurrock CC at Blackshots. Danny Joyce hit a personal best score of 140 and he was given support from Michael Cansdale, who hit 53. In the Thurrock reply, Theeban Tavarasa picked up four home wickets at a cost of just eighteen runs from eight exceptionally tidy overs.
Belhus 2nd 185 all out
Epping 2nd 116 all out
The Belhus second string enjoyed a superior performance and a fine 69-run victory at Lower Bury Lane in this Shepherd Neame Essex League fixture on Saturday.
Colchester and East Essex 3rd 138 all out
Belhus 3rd 139-4
Colchester and East Essex won the toss and elected to bat in this top of the table Shepherd Neame Essex League clash at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. Belhus paceman Alan Maidment took three early wickets with support from Jim Banner, Jabir Sarwar and Jack Plane, all of whom picked up two wickets apiece. In reply, Jim Banner played a major role in the Belhus six-wicket win with 48, while Ben Marns gave strong support with 20 runs. Unbeaten, also with 20 runs, was Lee Webber in a very tight game. Acting Belhus captain Jim Robertson was delighted with the result and added: “Full credit should be given to Colchester whose attack made us fight all the way in a very tense match”.
Belhus 4th 169 all out
Upminster 6th 173-8
The highlight of this game from a Belhus perspective was a fine 62 from Jake Wolfe. However, after the Belhus attack broke through into the Upminster tail, Dowler hit his way out of trouble with an undefeated and match-winning knock of 60 on an excellent non-turf pitch at Coopers Coburn School on Saturday.
Belhus 5th 192-7
Billericay 5th 111 all out
The father and son combination of Paul and Sam Hall helped Belhus to an 81-run win on Saturday as Paul hit a fine 47 and then offspring Sam picked up three wickets for just 17 runs from nine overs. Belhus captain Barry Ruck contributed 37 not out, while for Billericay, Santosh Matada top scored with 40 and there was 3-46 on the table for Ben Howard. The top Belhus bowler was Lee Hawkes with 4-23 from ten overs.
Belhus 2nd 141 all out
A match-winning unbroken third wicket stand of 110 between Wouldham, 54, and Swain 59, saw the visitors ease to victory at North Stifford on Sunday. Of the two Eltham wickets to fall, Mir dragged the ball on to his stumps for just five off the bowling of Jack Plane (1-29) and Kashif, who scored 16 runs, was caught by twelve year old Mark Fogg at backward square leg off the bowling of Cliff Cansdale (1-26). Earlier, Mike Randall and Jack Plane had been joint top-scorers with 33 each and Stuart Morris hit 22.
Basildon & Pitsea U13 135-2
Belhus U13 79-9
Mark Fogg and Harry Davison both made double figures for Belhus with 20 and 10 respectively in this South Essex Youth League match at Mopsies Park on Sunday. Both batsmen fell to Morris, who picked up four wickets for just six runs from two spells of bowling. Earlier, the home side had three players who reached the compulsory retirement mark, being Downes, 26, McLeod 25 and Jack Green 28. Ayres finished on 16 not out. The Basildon wickets were claimed by Jamie Foster 1-21 and Sameer Sulemanjee 1-8.
Belhus U15 119-9
Batting first after winning the toss, Belhus quickly raced to 54 without loss with Ryan Wells (38 retired) leading the charge. Once fellow opener Ben Kent (13) was dismissed the home innings becalmed for a while and wickets fell. Mathew Lewis (16) and Mason Ruck (8) both added runs in typical swashbuckling style while Sam Hall’s 12 runs pushed the final score to a respectable total. Owen Davies’ 3 for 29 was the pick of the Rayleigh attack. In response, Rayleigh’s innings followed a similar pattern with Chris Humphries scoring 35 not out. No other batsman however made double figures and with two wickets each for Jack Martin-Hussey, Elliott Playle, Ryan Wells and Lewis, the visitors to North Stifford fell 25 runs short of their target.