Sunday, July 21, 2024

Cricket: Maidment puts Westcliff to the sword

Westcliff on Sea 3rd 170-7 dec
Belhus 3rd 171-3

After Belhus paceman Alan Maidment claimed three early wickets, this match turned into an attritional stalemate as Westcliff struggled to score runs on the lifeless, damp pitch and Belhus struggled to make further inroads into the visitors’ batting line-up for much the same reason. The seasiders eventually declared after 60 overs, with Jeremy Lawford scoring a fine undefeated 65. But the Westcliff declaration proved to be a generous one, as home captain Stuart Morris struck a fine 55 until he was caught on the mid-wicket boundary. Jim Banner fell to a fine diving catch at backward point when he was just four runs shy of a deserving half-century. It was left to teenager Jake Wolfe to steer Belhus home and he gladly clipped the winning run through mid-wicket area at Ockendon Recreation Ground to produce a hard-earned victory.

Belhus 5th 39 all out
Billericay 5th 40-2

The Belhus fifth eleven crashed to an eight-wicket defeat after being dismissed for a paltry 39 on their own ground. No home batsman made double figures as Moyne claimed three wickets at a cost of just six runs from five overs while Partiq did likewise from four overs (one maiden). With second change Bean claiming 3-10 from six overs, Rassan picked up the remaining wicket as Belhus capitulated after 21.3 overs. There were six ducks in the Belhus innings, an unwanted club record for this fifth eleven; there had been only thirteen occurrences of six ducks or more in a Belhus innings throughout the club’s history since its formation in 1960. Billericay made light work of chasing their target though Jack Martin-Hussey picked up both wickets to fall. Opener Earl finished on eleven not out and job completion assistance came from Clarke, undefeated on ten runs.

Horndon on the Hill 1st 148 all out
Belhus 1st 149-5

Luke Clements picked up four wickets for just nine runs from 7.3 overs as Belhus stormed to a five-wicket victory over Horndon on the Hill in the Essex Sunday League at North Stifford.
Chris Baker ensured that there was no slip-up by the home side as a struck a majestic undefeated 49.

Belhus 2nd 214-8
South Weald 215-1

This match started in extraordinary fashion when home wicketkeeper Andy Higgins missed the ball and it crashed into a parked protective helmet, the result of which was the award of five penalty runs to Belhus which opened their account. There were no more gifts but Belhus were able to post a reasonable total, mainly through Michael Cansdale, 61, Jake Wolfe, 25 and Jack Plane, 31. For the home side, Joe Davies, 3-31, and Matthew Perry 3-51, kept things in check and Rob Hull gave valuable support with two wickets at a cost of just ten runs. South Weald opened with two left-handers, Howard Imbert and Adam Chambers. The latter blazed his way to a fine, match-winning 104 not out. His knock contained ten fours and two sixes to put Belhus well and truly in the shade. Imbert was the only Weald wicket to fall, when he was caught by Ben Kent off the bowling of Plane (1-57 from eight overs). Number three batsman Hull was undefeated at the close with exactly 50 runs to his name.

Belhus U13 86 all out
Horndon on the Hill 69-7

Ali Mirza of Belhus hit 23 runs to get his team out of trouble in this South Essex League match at Horndon Recreation Ground on Sunday. Earlier, O’Neill and Connelly picked up two wickets each for the home side, who then had Callum Newton in good form with 20 runs to his name. But Eathan Morris picked up four wickets for twelve runs from four fine overs, while George Maidment, Harry Pacey and Joshua Reynolds each had a hand on the brake as Belhus edged home by 17 runs.

Belhus U11A 266-7
Pegasus and Corringham U11A 223

Joe Dalton top scored for Belhus in this pairs league match at North Stifford on Sunday morning. He scored a valuable ten runs as Billy Turley, Morgan Rudder, Matthew McDonagh and Zak Wilson all took two wickets each. Meanwhile, Ciaran Gunning achieved a run out with a direct throw at the stumps, while good fielding from Ben Garwood and Joe Dalton played a hand in two further run out dismissals.

Thurrock U11B 220-8
Belhus U11B 262-3

Tyler Crosbie opened the bowling for Belhus at Blackshots on Sunday morning and promptly pegged back the home batting with a wicket maiden in this pairs format fixture. Crosbie finished with figures of 1-10 from three overs and the wicket maiden opening feat was repeated by fourth change bowler Billy Manley, 1-3 from two overs. Pick of the Belhus attack was George Benson with 2-6 from three overs (one maiden), while Hayden Squelch, Henry Benson and Hassan Mirza joined Crosbie and Manley by taking one wicket. After the break,
twins Henry and George Benson featured in an undefeated partnership of 23 for the first pairing, with Henry scoring ten not out and George three not out. For Thurrock, Daniel Tagg picked up one wicket at a cost of just eight runs from three tidy overs.

Belhus U15 141-6
Basildon and Pitsea U15 127-8

Belhus opener Jake Wolfe headed up a strong home batting performance on home turf on Thursday evening (19th July). Wolfe struck six boundaries in an undefeated knock of 35, while further runs came from the willow of Mathew Lewis, 18, Sam Hall 16, Jack Martin-Hussey with 25 and Joe Downes, who was undefeated with 20. In fact Downes will remember his innings for some time, as it included a six – his first ever maximum. For the visitors, Staff picked up 2-16 from four overs while Davies and Halsey picked up two wickets each.
Although the Belhus total was daunting, Mead was on form with a fine 29 and number three batsman, Staff looked assured until a lightning-quick one-handed pick up and throw in the covers from Martin-Hussey saw Staff short of his ground; wicketkeeper Ben Kent had the simple job of breaking his wicket. Belhus looked to be coasting but they suffered a setback in the eighteenth over when they conceded 21 runs which gave Basildon and Pitsea a lifeline. But opening bowler Hall (2-21) was re-introduced into the attack and Belhus were able to keep their undefeated record intact.

Leigh on Sea U15B 124-4
Belhus U15B 51 all out

Patel struck a fine undefeated 35 for Leigh on Sea when they visited Belhus at Thames Rugby Club on Thursday (19th July). Badger hit 21 while Rollason collected a dozen runs.
For the home side, Billy Maidment picked up 2-20 from four overs but opening bowler Muhammad Mirza returned the best economy rate with 1-6 from three overs. George Maidment claimed the remaining wicket to fall, returning 1-7 from one solitary over. Toby Reynolds was the lone Belhus batsman in double figures with 13, as Bell, Braithwaite and Butt collected two wickets each.

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