Cricket: Sunday matches no picnic for Belhus

Ardleigh Green 1st 156-9
Belhus 1st 140-7

A strong start by Green’s opening pair of Jon Bayfield (19) and Paul Hurworth (37), who put on 51 for the first wicket, proved decisive in this Dukes Essex T20 fixture at Central Park on Sunday. Belhus were back on terms when Danny Joyce picked up 3-26 from four overs and Joe Joyce collected 2-30, also from four overs. In the visitors reply, Joe Joyce and Michael Fogg started with a partnership of 38, as Joyce hit 16 and Fogg 28. Ryan Wells contributed 15 while Danny Joyce provided a backbone of a strong, though unsuccessful, run chase, with an undefeated 38. Mathew Lewis junior hit two sixes in an impressive knock of 25 from only 19 balls, until he became one of three stumping victims by Alex Cason. For the home side, Omar Ayaz picked up 2-17 from four overs while Choudhry Mahboob claimed 2-19, also from four overs.

South Weald 232-8
Belhus 2nd 218-9

South Weald won the toss and elected to bat in this 40 overs fixture at North Stifford on Sunday. Attaining a good rate, Haddock’s 32, Kelton’s 62, Rob Hull’s 66 and Pyes, 34, had taken Weald to 217 for 4 from 34 overs. Belhus were looking at the prospect of having to chase 270. Enter Jack Plane, in a second spell he took 5 for 31 for overall figures of 5 for 40. Earlier, Mark Fogg bowled some brave leg spin picking up 1-34 from six overs. Belhus set about the chase with zeal, 74 coming from the first 10 overs. Michael Cansdale then fell for 42 (5 x 4s, 2 x 6s) and wickets tumbled as Belhus found themselves at 114 for 5 in the 19th over, which included Jake Wolfe for 35. Whilst the run rate was good there was a need for a decent stand. This came for the sixth wicket as Plane 20 and Scott Stonham 34 added 65 in good time. But then four wickets fell for just 20 runs leaving Cliff Cansdale and Peter Clark needing 33 from 30 balls, three tight overs from Hull put paid to any winning ambitions and Belhus ended 14 runs short with Cansdale on 15 and Clark 4, both undefeated.

Orsett U13 110-5
Belhus U13 92-6

Will Gibbon and Dylan Rose proved to be the match-winners for Orsett with 27 and 21 respectively as both were undefeated in this South Essex League fixture at North Stifford on Sunday morning. For the home side, Eathan Morris was again on song with the ball, claiming 3-14 from four overs. After the break, Joshua Reynolds top scored with 25 not out for the home side and Ali Mirza provided strong support with 17 not out.

Belhus U11 253
Pegasus and Corringham U11 223

Belhus staged their first junior match at Thames Rugby Club on Sunday morning. Playing in pairs format, Matthew McDonagh, Luke Skingle and Hassan Mirza were undefeated while Tyler Kohl hit two sixes and two fours in a strong innings of 24, but he was dismissed twice. For the visitors, Cayman picked up three wickets at a cost of just 16 runs from three overs. After the break, Pegasus and Corringham made a strong start as the opening pair were undefeated in adding 18 runs, but then Morgan Rudder steered Belhus to a 30-run win with two wickets for nine runs from three overs (one maiden). Skingle also picked up two wickets as both sides lost ten wickets.

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