Cricket: Belhus take foot of gas with no wins at weekend

Chingford 1st 221-8
Belhus 1st 142 all out

Belhus leg-spinner Owen Jefferies reached 50 wickets for the season as he claimed two wickets in a good Belhus performance on Saturday against a more experienced Chingford team. Both sides fielded younger players with emerging talent and for the visitors, Ryan Wells and Jack Day of Belhus looked impressive with 30 and 26 respectively, while Day again impressed behind the stumps for the second week running and Wells also picked up three wickets with his spin operation from the Chingford pavilion end.

Belhus 3rd 181-5
Goresbrook 1st 182-4

Goresbrook edged home in this 35 overs per side thriller at North Stifford on Saturday. Belhus started brightly enough as Michael Fogg hit a stylish 83 not out and former Goresbrook player Connor Elliot hit 50, but then Goresbrook responded in kind through Keith Friend with 64 not out and Shane Barwick’s innings of 52. David Taylor was the leading Belhus bowler with three wickets to his name but it was all in vain as the visitors reached their target with just four balls remaining. Jim Banner, acting skipper in the absence of Whitters said: “I felt we were always on top for the first thirty overs but we lacked some death bowling which cost us. But young Mark Fogg looks a promising prospect as a leg spinner which is very good for the future”.

Belhus 2nd 177-9
East Ham Corinithians 178-5

Ben Kent and Tom Thompson were significant contributors in the Belhus innings with 61 and 52 respectively, but Belhus eventually went down by five wickets to the East London side, despite a three-wicket haul from Jack Wolfe, while Alan Maidment and Jack Plane picked up one wicket each. Earlier, only Greg Mendham reached double figures for Belhus in a below-par batting display from the home side.

Belhus Veterans 133 all out
Great and Little Warley 135-4

Jim Banner hit a fine 54 on an exceptionally slow pitch at Warley on Sunday. Banner hit seven fours in his occupation of the crease, but only Brian Edwards and Scott Stonham, with 11 and 15 respectively, joined Banner by reaching double figures. For the home side, Huxtable picked up 2-26 from five overs and Mahesh returned 2-22 from six overs. After the break, openers Stiller and Sachin put on 62 for the first wicket, with Sachin batting like a Sri Lankan international pinch hitter. He was eventually stumped by the dynamic Mike Randall off the bowling of Cliff Cansdale (1-34) for 46, but by then the foundations for a home win had been well and truly laid. Sachin hit three sixes, one of which was a towering monster of a drive right out of the ground and into another field. Sachin followed that up by hitting four other boundaries. Stiller gave valuable support with 32 until he was caught by Paul Hall at cover point off the bowling of John Forrest (1-25). Brian Edwards picked up 1-26 for Belhus and Stonham’s late introduction saw him claim one wicket for just three runs in a solitary over. Mahesh completed a good all-round game by finishing on 38 not out.

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