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Cricket: Indoor cricket sees Belhus hit A standard

BASILDON and Pitsea cricket club, along with Belhus “A”, emerged as winners from the first round of U12 youth indoor matches played at Grays School last Friday (28th September). Both teams had one prominent batsman and, co-incidentally, both reached 24 then attained the compulsory retirement score of 25 with a boundary six. Michael Edwards of Stanford hit 33, having briefly returned to the crease as permitted after the dismissal of his colleagues, while Travis Singleton finished on 30 not out for Basildon.

Stanford had been dismissed for a healthy 86, but in 2.5 overs short of their maximum 12-over allotment. Basildon and Pitsea achieved their win in a similar time frame, taking just 9.2 overs to reach 88 runs without losing a wicket. Harry Hodgson provided valuable support for Singleton with 19 not out and in doing so completed a fine all-round performance; he took 2-34 in the Stanford innings, as Freddie Hales supported Edwards with 15 runs.

The match between the two Belhus teams was keenly contested as good fielding and strong running between the wickets abounded. Belhus “A” batted first with Tyler Kohl and Zak Wilson leading a recovery after the “B” team had claim three run-outs for just 24 runs inside four overs. But Kohl finished undefeated on 27 and opener Wilson supported well with 13.

In all, four “A” team batsmen were run out while “B” team wicketkeeper Liam Waters was alert to stump Hassan Mirza off the bowling of Morgan Rudder (1-25). Chasing a total of 97 for the loss of five wickets, Belhus “B” started brightly as Ben Garwood and Jude Ranson put on 48 for the first wicket. The partnership was broken when Garwood was caught and bowled by Mirza for 18, while Ranson was last man out for 29, caught by the second of two catches by Ciaran Gunning, off Kohl (2-8). In a match which yielded five run out dismissals, a sixth attempt was chalked off as a Belhus “A” fielder mistakenly picked up a spare ball to break the wicket at the bowler’s end which caused a degree of hilarity and a batsman being recalled. The Belhus “B” team were dismissed for 77 off the last permitted ball of the innings.

This week’s fixtures (Friday 5th October): 6pm – Orsett v Belhus “B”; 7pm – Stanford le Hope v Belhus “A”.


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