Belhus CC move closer to promotion spot

Benfleet 1st 105 all out
Belhus 1st 108-2

Belhus have moved into third spot in the Shepherd Neame League division three table and are just six points behind the second place promotion spot, following the destruction of Benfleet at North Stifford on Saturday. The visitors were in all sorts of trouble when they lost their fourth wicket with only nine runs on the board, but then Andrew Scott (37 runs) joined opening batsman Gavin Blowes (46 runs) as these two put on 73 for the fifth wicket.

The partnership was finally broken when Scott was caught by Gavin Jefferies off the bowling of younger brother Owen (1-10). Apart from the productive team work of Scott and Blowes, only number eight batsman Emmanuel Parmakellis reached double figures with eleven runs. Belhus paceman Dale Kenyon was clearly on a mission; from 13.4 overs, the Belhus paceman picked up 5-41 from 13.4 overs, three of which were maidens. Connor Day also generated a fair head of steam, claiming 4-35 from ten overs (one maiden), as Benfleet were dismissed relatively cheaply after 34.4 overs. Belhus captain Wayne Read, who had earlier taken no fewer than four catches in the outfield, opened the batting with Gavin Jefferies. Read was run out for 36, but Gavin Jefferies remained undefeated at the point when an eight-wicket win was clinched, with brothers Danny and Joe Joyce both contributing 12 runs, the latter being undefeated with Jefferies at the end of the proceedings. For Benfleet, Scott completed a good all-round display by taking 1-19 from four overs.

Upminster 1st 124-9
Belhus 1st 125-1

Belhus made it another highly successful weekend after the second of two big wins for the North Stifford-based club. In this latest venture courtesy of the Essex Sunday League, spin bowler Theeban Tavarasa claimed 4-19 from eight overs (two maidens) and Daniel Dreher picked up 3-24 from eight overs (one maiden) to keep Belhus top of the east division table. Belhus reached their target after only 15.2 overs as Paul Bennett thrashed a fine undefeated 88 while his captain Joe Joyce hit 26 until he was the only Belhus man out, having been caught by Scott Fisher off the bowling of Russell Savidge (1-25 from four overs).

Old Southendian and Southchurch 2nd 116 all out
Belhus 2nd 117-5

Belhus moved into second place in the Shepherd Neame second eleven division three table after this five-wicket win at Southchurch Park on Saturday. Belhus were off to a dream start as Jonathan Gordon took two wickets with the first and third deliveries of the match, to leave the home side rocking before they had scored a run. A semi-recovery was made, but not enough to prevent Belhus from racking up another win; they are now just twelve points behind league leaders Basildon and Pitsea.

Belhus 2nd 213-5
South Weald 127 all out

Belhus captain Danny Norris hit a fine 61 not out as he lead his team to a solid victory at South Weald on Sunday. Mike Randall held the innings together with a steady 48 and Ben Kent looked particularly impressive with 32 until he was run out by a bad call from a colleague. Jake Wolfe hit 20 and Michael Cansdale joined Norris as undefeated at the close of the Belhus innings with 19 not out. After the break, during which Michael Cansdale was presented with the Essex Sunday League’s bowling award for 2010 by club chairman Fred Taylor, Paul Whitlock took his weekend’s tally of wickets to nine with 3-34 from eight overs, one of which was a maiden. Cliff Cansdale applied a firm brake on the South Weald reply by picking up 3-18 from eight overs (two maidens), but the most extraordinary bowling performance came from fourteen-year-old Jake Wolfe, who only needed five balls to pick up the final three South Weald wickets. His final analysis – 0.5 overs, 0 runs, three wickets! For good measure Wolfe also achieved a run out with a direct hit when he had only one stump to aim at.

Benfleet 3rd 232 all out
Belhus 3rd 233-9

Belhus captain Paul Whitlock bounced back to form with the ball by claiming 6-45 from 10.3 overs which prevented Benfleet from taking the game away from Belhus, as they had threatened to do.
Dan Brady smashed the opening Belhus attack of Alan Maidment and David Taylor to all parts of the ground, but eventually Maidment pegged back the Benfleet agressor’s off-stump with Brady one short of a deserving half-century, after which the visitors were forced to accumulate their runs at a more modest rate. Ryan Walker enjoyed a fine 69 and Saggar Patel hit 44, both falling to outfield catches by Nick Marns. Maidment, Taylor, Jack Plane and Danny Norris picked up one wicket each. After tea, Stephen Huckstepp was clearly on form with regular boundary hits in a fine knock of 40, until he became the victim of a poor call from a colleague. Nick Marns struck 61 and Neil Lucey hit 64 as these two saw Belhus get close to their target. However, Benfleet’s Jack Scarff nearly wrapped up the Belhus innings with 6-23 from nine overs but an undefeated, if unorthodox, 11 not out from Maidment saw Belhus home in a tense finish.

Leigh on Sea 4th 194 all out
Belhus 4th 177 all out

Graeme Winn hit a fine 57 for Leigh which proved to be the difference between these two teams at Belfairs Park on Saturday. The strongest Belhus batting occurred in their opening partnership between Mike Randall with 37 and Jake Wolfe, who hit 29. Apart from Jack Panteli’s 23, the Belhus reply faltered as Thiru Satkunam picked up 5-55 from 16 overs, two of which were maidens.

Belhus 5th 134 all out
Old Southendian and Southchurch 5th 125 all out

Jack Day’s 36 along with a career-best knock of 29 from Ryan Prendergast proved vital as Belhus edged home at the Lakeside Sports Ground by just nine runs on Saturday. Toby Reynolds and Jack Martin-Hussey both hit 13 while Paul Hall contributed a dozen runs. For the visitors, Liam Sayers picked up 4-49 from 16 overs (three maidens). Will Fraser, Aron Baines and Joshua Bambury scored 23, 15 and 24 respectively for the visitors, but their departure heralded a terminal collapse as third change spin bowler Barry Ruck caused havoc by taking 4-22 from 10.3 overs, four of which were maidens. He was supported by Martin-Hussey and Elliot Playle with two wickets each.

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