Rain makes heavy weather for Belhus

Belhus 3rd 125 all out
Buckhurst Hill 3rd 127-4

Belhus slithered to a six-wicket defeat on their own patch on Saturday in the Shepherd Neame Essex League. Not only was the match lost, but opportunity of promotion is now an impossibility as their season imploded at the hands of Buckhurst Hill at South Ockendon Recreation Ground. The last six home batsmen contributed a meagre four runs between them, but in the bowler-friendly conditions, Stephen Huckstepp showed great tenacity with a fine knock of 65, until he was yorked by a “dream ball” from Ali Azad, who extorted great damage in the Belhus innings by taking 5-14 from 6.5 overs. Jim Robertson with 18 runs and Stuart Morris, 13, were the only other batsmen in double figures in an otherwise sorry display with the unquestionably weeping willow. After tea, Cliff Cansdale picked up all four Buckhurst Hill wickets to fall at a cost of 29 runs from 9.1 overs, but it mattered little as opener Leslie Richards scored 32 and Azad completed a fine all-round game by scoring 26.

Belhus 4th 140 all out
Buckhurst Hill 4th 141-1

Buckhurst Hill made light work of the Belhus fourth eleven’s score as home batsmen Naomal Wijesooriya and Atul Sharma were both undefeated on 67 and 44 respectively. The only wicket to fall was that of Ash Mohammed, who was caught by Jack Martin-Hussey off the bowling of Jack Plane (1-24). Earlier, Brian Edwards and Barry Ruck were the joint top-scorers for Belhus with 21 runs apiece. Plane hit 19 runs, while opener Mike Randall contributed 14. Sam Hall batted sensibly in the tail to record 12 not out in the face of some penetrative bowling from Anai Patel, who finished with 4-32 from 14 overs, three of which were maidens.

Belhus 1st 213-3
Old Brentwoods 1st –
(match abadoned – rain)

It was the band of brothers scoring most of the runs again at North Stifford as Danny Joyce chalked up 83 and Joe Joyce hit 64 not out until a different type of band – one of rain, returned for a third downpour which ultimately caused the game’s abandonment. Danny hit five fours in his knock from 109 balls faced, while brother Joe’s climatically aborted innings included four boundaries and one six from just 55 balls faced. The other undefeated Belhus batsman was Richard Day with 15. Earlier, Gavin Jefferies had scored 30. For Old Brentwoods, Shabbir Ahmed, Mughal and Muhhamad Asif took one wicket each. The Belhus first eleven’s game the following day, away at Theydon Bois, was also hit by the rain – no play was possible as the already wet ground was hit by a cloudburst shortly before play was scheduled to begin.

Belhus 2nd 190-5 dec
Old Brentwoods 9-0
(match abandoned – rain)

Belhus second eleven captain Chris Baker hit a fine undefeated 77, but it was to no avail as the heavens opened and no result was possible. There were also solid knocks from Ben Marns, 25, and Lee Webber, 26, while Danny Norris contributed 14 and Mark Sansom hit 13. For the Old Boys, Imran Hussain and Jonathan Miller picked up 2-39 and 2-36 respectively.

Maylands Green 219-7
Belhus 2nd 138-9

Maylands Green proved to be much the stronger of these teams in this social fixture at North Stifford on Sunday. Rouse and Sleet both hit 42 for the vistors, while Leslie pushed the score along still further with a stylish innings of 40 runs. For Belhus, Paul Hall had a fine all-round game by first taking three wickets at a cost of 29 runs and then top-scored by matching Leslie’s score. But Belhus were kept in check by the lively Bushell who claimed four wickets for just 25 runs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.