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Cricket: Wickford just a little too strong for Belhus

Wickford 1st 219-8
Belhus 1st 171 all out

Belhus paceman Connor Day brought some unwelcome early gifts for both Wickford openers in this Shepherd Neame Essex Legue division two match at North Stifford on Saturday. Day sent both Naeem Uddin and Matthew Nobes back to the pavilion with only six runs on the board. Wickford continued to struggle, but from a position of 49-4, Tanvir Alam cut loose to strike a magnificent undefeated 98 in an innings which included six fours and five fours from 129 balls faced. Day finished with 3-43 from eight overs, but the most economical Belhus bowler was Daniel Dreher, with an impressive 2-27 from ten overs (one maiden). Dale Kenyon, Martin Guilbert and Billy Winter picked up one wicket each for the home side. In the Belhus reply, Michael Fogg top scored in a middle order which featured two run-outs, Fogg being one of the victims after he had scored 40 runs. Richard Day contributed 30 as he and Fogg put on 84 for the fourth wicket. But a collapse ensued which resulted in Belhus tasting defeat for the first time in seven weeks. For Wickford, Nobes atoned for his batting failure to claim 3-26 from 8.5 overs (three maidens). Daniel Pryke and Andy Baker picked up two wickets each, but Jamie Went headed the economy stakes as his six wicketless overs cost just nine runs and included three maidens.

Belhus 2nd 209 all out
Wickford 2nd 210-3

After a bright start from Belhus openers Mark Sansom and Chris Baker with 47 and 48 respectively, followed by a supportive 28 from Jim Banner and 14 from Roy Heffernan, the visitors to the Dick Patmore Memorial Ground on Saturday suffered a middle order misfire. But the tail wagged as Imran Mohammed hit a valiant 19 not out and Luke Clements struck a dozen runs. Lee Stace was the main thorn in the Belhus side. He claimed 4-38 for Wickford from eleven overs which included four maidens, then smashed an undefeated match winning knock of 55. With the help of of 56 not out from Chris Hammond, Wickford gained a comfortable seven-wicket victory.

Belhus 3rd 242-3 dec
Benfleet 3rd 109 all out

Belhus leapfrogged into second place in the Shepherd Neame Essex League table following this latest win at Woodside Park on Saturday. Belhus opener Jim Robertson was on form with a fine 61, while Pommie Singh struck an undefeated 64 and Jabir Sarwar hit 43. Scott Fieldstead was the pick of the home bowlers but arguably under-employed. In six overs he claimed 2-18 which included three maidens. Alan Maidment was in prime form for the visitors with 4-46 from 12 overs and Robert Long was also on target with 2-12 from eight overs (four maidens) as the home side succumbed after 30.3 overs, despite a top score of 22 from Graham Lewis.

Belhus 4th 59 all out
Billericay 4th 60-3

Belhus had no answer to Billericay’s Keith Paternoster at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. Paternoster bagged six wickets for just 20 runs from eleven overs, as the home side were demolished after just 22.4 overs. Opener Don East scored 30 but he was the only Belhus batsman in double figures. Billericay reached their target in just 18.4 overs, mainly through Stan Foley with 38 runs. Terry Squires picked up 2-13 from four overs (one maiden) while the remaining visiting wicket to fall was captured by Elliott Playle.

Writtle 210-6
Belhus 2nd 211-3

An opening stand of 83 between Mike Randall, 65 not out, and Richard Waters, 38, put Belhus on the road to a comfortable seven-wicket win at North Stifford on Sunday. Danny Norris finished undefeated on 56 as he and Randall put on 82 in a match-winning unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket. Norman hit 51 for the visitors, supported by Fenton with 36.
Pick of the home bowling was Jack Martin-Hussey with 2-48 from eight overs.

Thurrock U11 244-7
Belhus U11B 254-3

Callum Owen and Joshua Clarke of Thurrock Cricket Club each achieved a run out with a direct throw at the bowler’s end in this pairs fixture at Blackshots. But only one further Belhus wicket went down when Jonathan Bright was caught and bowled as Belhus edged home by a margin of ten runs. Hayden Squelch and Jamie Fairweather picked up two wickets each for the visitors. Fairweather returned 2-14 from four overs, two of which were maidens, while Squelch finished his four overs with 2-11, his first over being a double wicket maiden. Offering valuable support were Rachel Cordell, 1-3 and Jonathan Bright, 1-7.

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