Cricket: Belhus find Billericay too tricky

Wickford 1st 261-8 dec
Belhus 1st 155-8

Belhus had to settle for a hard-fought draw in a game dominated by two bowlers and two batsmen. Billy Winter picked up a personal best return of 6-65 for Belhus in 12.5 overs. His scalps included Wickford’s big hitters Tanvir Alam and Robert Rollins, who struck 69 and 93 runs respectively. After tea, it was the turn of Shabaz Iqbal of Wickford who picked up five wickets at a cost of 34 runs from seven overs (two maidens) at the Dick Patmore Memorial ground. For Belhus, Wayne Read top scored 49 while Gavin Jefferies hit 29 and Joe Joyce 20.

Wickford 2nd 269-5 dec
Belhus 2nd 128 all out

The Belhus second string crashed to a heavy defeat at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. Belhus won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. Rouse accepted the invitation with glee. He struck a fine 100 not out as Belhus suffered a massive 141-run loss.

Belhus 3rd 88 all out
Wickford 3rd 92-6

Batting was every bit as difficult as the scores suggested after this fixture at Warley on Saturday. Brian Edwards top scored for Belhus with 21, while Tom Thompson and Jack Plane contributed 17 and 13 respectively. For the visitors, John Bull picked up four wickets at a cost of just three runs from 3.1 overs (one maiden). With Paul Frensham and John Hearn picking up two wickets each, Belhus were done and dusted in 40.1 overs. After tea, Benfleet’s opening batsman Dan Brady slogged his way to a quick-fire 22 in his own inimitable style, but the home side clawed their way back into contention as Alan Maidment picked up 4-37 from 13 overs (three maidens). It was left to Benfleet’s Hearn, 17 not out, and David Wright, seven not out, to see Benfleet through to a nervy four wicket victory.

Belhus 4th 150 all out
Billericay 4th 151-1

Five Belhus batsmen made good starts but they were dismissed after just 30.4 overs which gave the home side plenty of time to reach their target on Saturday. Earlier, Amit Gohil top scored with 34, while opening partner Dale Kenyon struck 26, as did Naveed Mirza. John Wilson contributed 18 while Belhus skipper Mike Squires was undefeated with 14 runs. But the Billericay response was measured. Opener Sam Yates made the early running until he was caught and bowled by Robert Long for a well crafted 52. Then Ben McNally and Peter Mills saw Billericay home without further loss. McNally ended on 48 not out while Mills finished with two runs fewer.

Wanstead and Snaresbrook 7th 101 all out
Belhus 5th 103-1

Callum Thomas picked up five wickets at a cost of just 22 runs from six overs to help put the Belhus fifth eleven on the road to victory at Thames Rugby Club on Saturday. Then acting skipper Paul Hall finished on 45 not out and Joe Downes was also unbeaten on 29 to see Belhus home to a comfortable nine-wickets win. Wanstead’s opening bowler Piracha (1-12) picked up the only Belhus scalp, being Ryan Prendergast who was caught at the wicket for just six runs.

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