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Cricket: Joyce rejoices with outstanding century

Belhus 1st 332-7
Leigh on Sea 1st 175 all out

Joe Joyce hit a magnificent 105 in this Shepherd Neame Essex League division two fixture at North Stifford and in doing so became the first Belhus batsman to reach the 1,000 runs mark for the current season. Joe’s century came from 103 balls and included ten fours and two sixes. Opening batsman Gavin Jefferies hit a fine 75 from 96 deliveries which included ten boundaries as these two put on 167 for the second wicket, while Danny Joyce also chipped in with a half-century with a personal tally of 54. Pick of the Leigh on Sea bowling was Sean Bell with 2-62 from ten overs. Heavy rain then reduced the Leigh innings to twenty overs and a consequent revised total of 193. The visitors launched a spirited onslaught against the home attack and they nearly succeeded; falling just 18 runs short. Simon Burch led the way with 85 but Belhus hit back through Daniel Dreher, who picked up three wickets at a cost of 40 runs from four overs, while Dale Kenyon returned 2-26, also from four overs. Meanwhile, the remaining Belhus senior matches were abandoned as draws. Belhus seconds were dismissed for 163 by Leigh’s second string, while Belhus thirds restricted South Woodford fourths to 202 for the loss of six wickets.

Hayes 1st 152 all out
Belhus 1st 156-8

Ryan Wells put Belhus in the driving seat with an imperious knock of 53 runs at Hayes (Kent) on Sunday. Wells did not trouble the scorers with his first 16 balls faced, but then unleashed some powerful strokeplay as his half-century came up from only 42 deliveries received. He hit eight fours and two sixes. Number four batsman Jim Banner remained undefeated on 30 not out, as Belhus reached their target with 7.1 overs remaining. For the home side, opener Thistleton hit exactly 50 while Manners picked up 4-59. Earlier, it was Banner who laid the foundations for a fine all-round performance as well as a Belhus win, as he returned figures of 3-12 from 3.5 overs.

Belhus 1st 279-5
Locksbottom 1st 211 all out

All seven Belhus batsmen made significant scores in this mid-week fixture at Tugmutton Common. Top of the pile was a fine 65 from Roy Heffernan which included twelve fours and two sixes. In the Locksbottom innings, Wayne Read picked up 4-21 from 4.3 overs which included one maiden. For the home side, Snashal top scored with 49.

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