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Cricket: Double centuries for Belhus as they smash Benfleet

Belhus 1st 305-1
Benfleet 1st 166 all out

Danny Joyce and Paul Bennett both smashed unbeaten centuries in this Essex Sunday League east division match at North Stifford. Joyce hit 120 in a knock which included 13 fours and one maximum. He put on 121 for the first wicket with Roy Heffernan, who was caught behind with his personal tally on 44. Bennett strode to the wicket on Heffernan’s departure and promptly dispatched the bowling to all parts of the ground. The master blaster hit eight sixes and five fours and scored just one run fewer than Joyce in an unbroken partnership of 184 for the second wicket. After the tea interval, Benfleet had four batsmen making good use of the Belhus surface, with Pearson 23, Frenshaw 30, Bull 21 and Brady, 35 not out, all making solid contributions. For Belhus, Billy Winter and Theeban Tavarasa claimed 2-17 and 2-14 respectively, while Danny Norris, Joe Joyce, Chris Baker and Connor Day picked up one wicket each.

Anson St. George 189-6
Belhus 2nd 163-6

The visitors to Thames Rugby Club enjoyed a 26-run win over their Belhus hosts on Sunday. Anson St. George posted 189 despite the best efforts of local bowlers Jack Plane, 2-31 while Ben Kent and Sam Hall took one wicket each. In the Belhus reply, Mike Randall hit 30, Amit Gohil scored 27, Kent made 20 and Plane finished on 26 not out. But the fact that the home side still had four wickets in hand but fell just short of their target suggests that the run-chase was cleverly derailed by the Anson St. George attack.

Belhus U11 288-3
Stanford le Hope U11 277-1

Belhus and Stanford le Hope played out a close and exciting pairs match at North Stifford on Sunday morning. Belhus had three undefeated batsmen in Tyler Kohl with 16 runs, Ben Garwood who scored 11 not out and Zak Wilson who contributed ten not out. Jude Ranson achieved a run out with a good pick up and throw for Belhus and the home edged the game through some tight bowling by Joe Dalton, who conceded just eight runs from three overs, with Kohl even more restrictive with 0-2 from two overs (one maiden). Ciaran Gunning gave valuable support with 0-6 from two overs.

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