Belhus CC: Weekend reports

Brentwood 6th 170-8 dec
Belhus 5th 171-7

Brentwood won the toss and elected to bat first at the Lakeside Sports Ground on Saturday with opener Mark Beecheno setting the standard with a fine knock of 63.  Simon Wood and James Berry contributed 38 and 27 respectively as the visitors declared with a healthy total after 45 overs, though Jack Martin-Hussey picked up 3-11 from eight overs, half of which were maidens.  Paul Hall also took three wickets, at a cost of 28 runs also from eight overs (one maiden).  Sam Hall claimed 2-7 from seven extremely tight overs, two maidens included.  After tea, Don East made the early running for Belhus with 41, until he was caught by Wood off the bowling of Lewis Cowling (1-37) for 41.  Paul Hall rounded off a fine all-round game by scoring 40 runs and it was left to Steven Playle, 38 not out, and Alfie Rowley with 5 not out, to see Belhus home to a three-wicket victory.  The pick of the Brentwood bowling was James Berry with 2-21 from 5.1 overs while Max Beckett, Aaron Doyle, Daniel Preston and Wood joined Cowling by taking one wicket each.

Gidea Park and Romford 5th 167 all out
Belhus 4th 134 all out

The Belhus fourth eleven crashed to defeat at the Old Chigwellians club on Saturday.  Yet it all started brightly for the visitors with opening bowlers Alan Maidment and David Taylor keeping the lid on the home side with 1-25 off nine overs and 2-19 from eight overs respectively.  Somehow, the Belhus fourth team then proceed to let their opponents off the leash as Graham Poultney hit no fewer than fourteen boundaries in what turned out to be a match-winning score of 69.  After the break Chris Baker top-scored for the visitors with 30 runs to his name, while Danny Norris hit 25.  Jack Plane contributed 21 which was preceded by knocks of 23 and 11 from openers Mike Randall and Connor Elliot.  But no Belhus batsman was able to stamp their authority on the game with a significant total as Arun Kullar bagged four wickets for 35 from eight overs while Ian Greenwood also picked up four at a cost of 37 from fourteen overs, three of which were maidens.

Belhus 3rd 248-5
Hornchurch 4th 252-6

The were runs galore on an easy-paced surface at South Ockendon Recreation ground on Saturday.  The home side were able to declare after 50 overs as Ben Marns hit a stylish 76, Lee Webber looked largely untroubled during his knock of 42, while Jake Wolfe and Scott Bayford remained undefeated with 40 and 30 runs respectively when Belhus called a halt to their use of the willow.  The Hornchurch reply started steadily if unspectacularly.  But then the visitors launched a savage attack on most of the Belhus bowlers, which paid off handsomely.  Willison struck a fine 73 until he was trapped leg before by captain Paul Whitlock, and Duploy with 39 not out saw Hornchurch home in some style.  For Belhus, Cliff Cansdale was the most economical bowler with 2-29 from eight overs (two maidens), while Rob Joyce also took two wickets, at a cost of 79 runs from 15 overs.  Bayford joined Whitlock in taking one wicket each.

Horton Kirby 2nd 210-6
Belhus 2nd 134-9

Hilderbrand and Bennett racked up 90 runs for Horton Kirby’s opening partnership until Bennett was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Greg Mendham off the bowling of John Gray for 38.  Hilderbrand went on to score 48, then Ovenden contributed late runs with 33 as did White, undefeated on 32.  Gray finished on 2-33 while Jack Plane impressed with 2-26 from eight overs.  Cliff Cansdale also took two wickets at a cost of 40 runs, also from eight overs.  Richard Dopson and James Banner put on 42 for the first wicket with Banner hitting 30 and Dopson 27.  Schoolboy Toby Reynolds hit his highest score in senior cricket so far with 20 runs.  But Taylor took 3-14 for the home side in five overs, one of which was a maiden.  Belhus will be disappointed that they conceded 40 extras in this visit to Kent and will be looking for much better performances in the remaining weeks of the season.

Ongar 1st 41 all out
Belhus 1st 45-1

Belhus made very light work of their Shepherd Neame Essex League division three home fixture with Ongar on Saturday, they dismissed Ongar for just 41 runs after 23 overs.  Promotion-chasing Belhus were able to knock the 42 runs required for victory from just 6.1 overs.  Meanwhile, Ongar second eleven failed to fulfill their fixture against Belhus twos.
The Essex League have accepted Ongar’s resignation with effect from the 2012 season and due to the continued failure of their second eleven to take to the field, their playing record has now been expunged from the second string table.

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