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Cricket: Lewis shows great method as he scores ton

Belhus U16 248 all out
Old Parkonians U16 114 all out

Fourteen year old Mathew Lewis smashed an incredible 119 runs in this U16 Essex Matchplay fixture to earn his Belhus team a place in the County quarter-finals. He was supported by Carl Lees with 48 as other batsmen floundered on the slow, rain-affected surface at Ockendon Recreation ground on Sunday. In the post-tea session, Ryan Wells extinguished any resistance from Parkonians with five wickets at a cost of just 18 runs, while Joe Downes picked up two wickets for just three runs.

Brentwood 1st 158-9
Belhus 1st 159-3

Belhus opener Roy Heffernan laid on the style at North Stifford on Sunday with a superb knock of 80 runs from 82 deliveries. Michael Fogg was undefeated on 54 as these two were largely responsible for a comfortable win with nine overs to spare. Earlier, Kankawala was the top visiting batsman with 59 runs to his name, until he became one of Owen Jefferies’ three victims. Jefferies finished with figures of 3-25 from seven overs (one maiden) while club colleagues Joe Joyce and Danny Norris both picked up 2-22. Daniel Dreher also picked up two wickets, at a cost of 42 runs from seven overs.

Eversley Park 159-7
Belhus 2nd 160-7

Belhus carved out an unlikely win from the jaws of defeat after amazing recoveries in both innings of this match at Thames Rugby Club on Sunday. Eversley Park had stormed into a seemingly unassailable lead as openers Lee Smith and Joshua Emerson put on 81 for the first wicket. Smith was eventually trapped leg before for 41, while Emerson went for one run fewer. A mini-collapse followed, but Park recovered from 121-6 through Matthew Knight with an undefeated 23 while Tony Westwell was also undefeated on 14. Cliff Cansdale was the pick of the home attack with three wickets at a cost of 32 runs from eight overs while Mike Randall rolled back the years in claiming 2-21, also from eight overs (two maidens). After tea, Belhus were in all sorts of trouble at three runs for two wickets after just 3.2 overs, but then Greg Mendham and Jack Plane formed a valuable third-wicket partnership of 43 to produce a degree of respectability for the home response. There was more to come. Scott Stonham smashed five fours and one six in a match-winning innings of 56 not out, as he put on 76 for the sixth wicket with his acting captain, Randall. Randall himself scored 40 but Stonham had to wait until the very last ball of the match to secure the win by smashing the ball to the cover boundary.

Belhus U11 325-5
Basildon and Pitsea U11 211

The Belhus under eleven squad continue to make good progress in their league campaign following this latest pairs format win on Sunday morning. Tyler Kohl struck a fine 24 and he was given valuable support from Ben Garwood, who contributed 19 runs to the Belhus cause. When Basildon and Pitsea replied, Joe Dalton picked up three wickets at a cost of just one run and Hassan Mirza collected 2-5 from three overs.

Horndon on the Hill U11 259-5
Belhus U11 282-3

Belhus once again fielded two concurrent under eleven teams on Sunday. Henry Benson was the top Belhus scorer with ten not out in this pairs match, while Cameron Ward was the most successful Horndon bowler with 1-9 from two overs. In the Horndon innings, Jackson Gredwell top scored with four runs while the Belhus bowling honours went to George Benson, who picked up 2-13 from three overs, while Billy Manley and Frankie Debono collected one wicket each.

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