Thursday, July 25, 2024

Cricket: Saturday runs just keep on coming for Belhus

Belhus 3rd 234-7 dec
Colchester & East Essex 3rd 155-6

The Belhus batting machine clicked into gear for the third eleven’s visit to Colchester Rugby Club on Saturday. Openers Tom Thompson and Jim Robertson both scored 40, while Michael Cansdale contributed a further 42 runs. Jake Wolfe hit 22, while captain Stuart Morris collected 19 runs. John Forrest ensured that the first six batsmen all made double figures by scoring 15, while Daniel Dreher hit a quickfire 23 not out as Belhus declared after 52 overs. For the home side, Ben Allison was the pick of the bowlers with 3-22 from ten overs (two maidens) while Sam Donnelly and Sam Holland picked up two wickets each. After tea, Belhus opening bowlers Robert Long and Dreher toiled hard as Colchester adopted a cautious approach at the wicket. The two openers eventually picked up two wickets apiece at a cost of 43 and 35 respectively, but runs became an insignificant factor as Belhus struggled to take wickets as time elapsed.

Hornchurch 5th 75 all out
Belhus 4th 76-1

Alan Maidment picked up five wickets for 32 runs in a devastating fourteen over spell at Thames Rugby Club on Saturday. Supported by Paul Whitlock, 3-40 from twelve overs (two maidens) as well as Sam Hall and Craig Dalton (one wicket each), Hornchurch were dismissed cheaply after 28.3 overs. However, the visitors did have three batsmen reach double figures, being opener Paul Newland, Kieran Scarlioli and Adam Clements with 29, 18 and 10 runs respectively. Belhus reached their target after 15.2 overs, despite the loss of opener Ben Kent, who was stumped by Simon Walker off the bowling of Chris James for 15 with the score at 34. Mike Randall and Keith Dhannie saw the home team comfortably home by nine wickets by scoring 28 not out and 22 not out respectively. James finished with 1-13 from four overs.

Lindsell 240-5
Belhus 5th 118-8

Lindsell won the toss and elected to bat in this social fixture, but the home side struggled in the initial overs with some accurate bowling from openers Elliott Playle and Daniel Wakeling. Playle bowling Menhinick in the seventh over. But this brought Kerr to the crease who proceeded to crash the Belhus attack all around the ground for the remaining 33 overs, ending on a very impressive 124 not out. “Old Hats” Paul Hall 0-48 and Barry Ruck 2-75 took the brunt of the punishment in a side with limited bowling. However, Lee Downes 2-30 off six overs and the return of Playle 1-53 from twelve overs applied a slight brake as the hosts completed their 40 overs on 240 for 5.

With the target potentially always out of reach for the Belhus mix of veterans and juniors, the visitors were nontheless determined to bat through to the close of play. An accurate opening spell from Speller and Howard held the Belhus reply to 56 off the first 15 overs, however, with the departure of skipper Ruck for 30, Don East, 29, controlled proceedings as the visitors completed their innings on 118 for 8 despite not quite being able to match the individual tally of Lindsell’s Kerr earlier in the afternoon.

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