Cricket: Belhus at sea against Westcliff

Westcliff on Sea 1st 277-7
Belhus 1st 209 all out

Belhus lost their 100% record in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two on Saturday when they went down by 68 runs at home to Westcliff. On the excellent North Stifford surface, visiting batsmen Jonathan Pratt and Adam Pickering took full advantage of the conditions. Opener Pratt hit a fine 91 from 127 balls faced before he was bowled by Connor Day, his knock included four fours and three sixes. This dismissal concluded a mammoth 197-run partnership for the third wicket with Pickering, who was caught by Danny Joyce off the bowling of Billy Winter for 95. Pickering faced 96 deliveries and hit eight sixes and three fours. For Belhus, Connor Day picked up his first five-wicket haul at a cost of 61 runs from ten overs. Daniel Dreher and Billy Winter picked up one wicket each but it was all in vain as Belhus were later dismissed for 209 after 46.5 overs. Top scorers were Danny Joyce with 61 and Michael Fogg with 39.

Belhus 2nd 149 all out
Westcliff on Sea 2nd 152-3

A half-century from Mark Sansom yielded a strong position of 94 for the loss of just one wicket after the first fifteen overs. But then Belhus were downed by Downing as they crashed to 149 all out inside the next 21 overs. Downing picked up 5-22 for Westcliff and then Bob Curtis hit a fine 55 to see the home side through to a comfortable Shepherd Neame Essex League victory.

Pegasus and Corringham 3rd 274-6 dec
Belhus 3rd 279-5

Belhus equalled their highest winning total by batting second in this Shepherd Neame Essex League fixture. In an extraordinary match on a good surface at Ockendon Recreation Ground, Pegasus and Corringham were invited to take first knock and three of their batsmen, Cain, Walker and Hubbard all reached the half-century mark. Cain went on to score 85, Walker hit 61 and Hubbard scored 79 to put the visitors firmly on the front foot. But in reply, Michael Cansdale smashed eleven sixes in a match-winning innings of 128 not out, also a personal best score. Tom Thompson gave valuable support with 63 runs. This performance matched that of the Belhus first eleven in 2009, when 279 was also attained in the second innings of a match to defeat Southend on Sea.

Belhus 4th 214 all out
Harlow 4th 215-5

Harlow won the toss and inserted Belhus at the Spicer’s field on Saturday. Despite the good total, only four Belhus batsmen reached double figures, led by the impressive Dale Kenyon who reached his maiden half century and went on to score 80 runs. Batting at number five, Kenyon was eventually caught by Sean Coldwell off the bowling of Niall Lawless, but even he was upstaged by the impressive Harlow opener, Robert Coldwell. He struck 19 fours and two sixes in an undefeated match-winning innings of 119. Earlier, Lawless finished with four wickets for 54 runs from 12.5 overs, which included three maidens, as Mike Randall scored 14, Keith Dhannie made 34 and Don East contributed ten runs.

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