Thursday, February 9, 2023

Jake becomes Belhus’ youngest centurion

Billericay 1st 224-9 dec
Belhus 1st 226-7

Danny Joyce hit his second century in as many weekends as his 123 not out guided Belhus to a three-wicket victory at the Toby Howe ground on Saturday. Joyce blasted nine fours and five sixes to get the visitors over the finishing line after Billericay had won the toss and elected to bat. The home side had earlier set a fair target through Stuart Hynes and Paul Walter with 53 and 64 respectively, but they had to contend with Connor Day’s ten overs which yielded 4-52 (one maiden) and the conjuring Owen Jefferies, who picked up 3-49 from 15 overs, which included two maidens. Offering valuable support with the ball was Billy Winter with two wickets at a cost of exactly 50 runs from 13 overs (one maiden). After the declaration, Danny Joyce’s younger brother gave vital support to his older sibling with 42 until he was caught by Elliott Stonell from the bowling of Paul Welter (2-23). Other Belhus wickets were taken by Charlie Crassbourne, Gary Hynes, Philip Reynolds and Stonell, who each claimed one victim.

Belhus 1st 285-9
Hayes (Kent) 99 all out

Billy Winter hit seven boundaries in a fine knock of 54 for Belhus at North Stifford on Sunday. He was supported by the Joyce brothers, Danny and Joe, with 49 and 47 respectively. After the break, the visitors from Kent found the Belhus attack too hot to handle. Owen Jefferies picked up three wickets for just eight runs in four overs, while Mathew Lewis junior bagged 3-34 from six overs.
Jack Marsden also picked up three wickets, at a cost of just nine runs from five overs.

Billericay 2nd 65 all out
Belhus 2nd 66-3

The Belhus second string made relatively light work of dismissing Billericay for just 65 at North Stifford on Saturday. Only opening batsman James Gibb reached double figures with 13 as Daniel Dreher collected three wickets and a run-out in an excellent fielding display from the home side. Dreher’s haul came at a cost of just ten runs from seven overs (two maidens). Spin bowler Marc Lewis turned the screw still further with three wickets for just five runs from 3.5 overs (one maiden). After a few scares when the top Belhus three of Tom Thompson, Mark Sansom and Stuart Morris all fell with single figure scores to Robert Rayner (3-18), Scott Bayford and Lee Webber saw the home team to victory with unbeaten scores of 17 and 22 respectively.

Southend & EMT 3rd 233-8 dec
Belhus 3rd 64 all out

This was a truly awful result for league leaders Belhus, as they capitulated at the hands of a deserving Southend team at The Garrison ground, Shoeburyness, on Saturday. The home side won the toss and elected to bat. Their decision appeared to be vindicated as the batsmen took control. Opener Vajinder Paul looked a class act until the introduction of spin, when James Banner (1-34) dismissed him courtesy of good field placement and a well-judged catch by Jack Plane at deep mid-on. Paul’s opening colleague Shaun Grant spent most of the innings at the crease until he finally went in the quest for late runs through a catch by Alan Maidment at mid-off from the bowling of Plane (4-33). With Martin Hill and Craig Hill adding 43 and 32 respectively, Southend were able to declare with a testing target on the board. It was all too much for the visitors; only Ben Kent, 16, and Plane, 10, reached double figures. For Southend, Patrick Kearney claimed 4-16 from 9.2 overs which included no fewer than five maidens.

Belhus 4th 183-9 dec
South Woodford 5th 172-8

Fourteen year old Jake Wolfe broke club records at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday when he became the youngest player ever to score a century for Belhus, defeating the previous record set by Matthew Vallis in 1999. Wolfe finished on 101 not out when the declaration came, as the visitors’ Ashkoor claimed five of Wolfe’s colleagues at a cost of 72 runs. South Woodford edged close to their target, but with all four results possible, both teams had to settle for a draw despite the best efforts of Michael Campbell-Jones who bagged 6-37 for the home team.

Old Brentwoods 3rd 74 all out
Belhus 5th 75-3

Belhus won the toss and decided to ask their guests to bat first – a decision which was thoroughly vindicated as on the completion of just twenty overs, the home fielders were back in the pavilion after opening bowler Sam Hall and second change seamer Alfie Rowley picked up 4-10 and 4-19 respectively. With Elliot Playle and Mitchell Arthur taking the remaining two wickets between them, Belhus were satisfield at the tea interval of a job half-completed. When business resumed after refreshments, Belhus suffered a early blow with the loss of Connor Ramsey, bowled by Imran Nakhuda (1-19) without score, but fellow opener Don East remained until he was run out for 33. By this time, Belhus were on the way towards a fine win and Ryan Prendergast, 17 not out, and Mason Ruck, witth four not out, duly obliged.

Stanford le Hope U13 137-4
Belhus U13 80 all out

Stanford’s top three, Thomas, J. Pearn and Carter all reached the South Essex league’s compulsory retirement score of 25 at Stanford Recreation Ground on Sunday. Number six batsman Edwards gave valuable support with 16 not out as the home side posted a respectable total. For Belhus, James Bright had a game he will probably not forget for some time. In an initial two-over spell, he accounted for McCarthy, Brunton and Drum – all bowled – and finished with three wickets for just seven runs from three overs. In addition, Bright also featured in the run out of W. Pearn following a direct hit at the stumps from third man. When Belhus batted, Harry Davison and Mark Fogg both contributed eleven runs each, but Stanford’s wicketkeeper cashed in by taking three stumpings (Enright, Skingle and Clarke) plus two catches (Bright and Davison). Edwards finished as Stanford’s best bowler with 2-9 from four overs (one maiden), while Carter, McCarthy, Edwards and Drum picked up one wicket each.

Pegasus and Corringham U11 232
Belhus U11 236

Belhus won this enthralling pairs format league match by just four runs at Herd Lane on Sunday, and they had Joe Dalton to thank for an extraordinary spell of bowling in which he took four wickets in four balls – all clean bowled. He finished with figures of 4-12 from three overs. Joshua Reynolds gave valuable support with the ball by claiming 2-10, while Gunning and Bright picked up one wicket each. The Pegasus attack was also amongst the wickets as Ben Outten picked up three wickets, Jake Tompkins claimed two while Dylan Stubbings and Joe Fogarty picked up one wicket apiece.


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