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Cricket: Kent and Lewis method wins it for Belhus

Harold Wood U16 152 all out
Belhus U16 153-1

The Belhus youngsters stormed to an emphatic nine-wicket win over Harold Wood in the Essex U16 Matchplay competition at North Stifford on Sunday. Openers Ben Kent and Mathew Lewis junior put on 128 for the first wicket, until Lewis was caught close to the deep mid-wicket boundary by Moore for 57, having struck eight fours and one six. But Kent remained at the crease to see Belhus home with 66 not out, hitting ten fours. Earlier, Moore, opening the batting for the visitors, struck a fine 61 as he quickly latched on to anything short of a good length. But some exceptionally tight bowling from Jack Martin Hussey, who conceded just nine runs off seven overs, five of which were maidens, as well as Matthew Williams, seven runs from six overs (three maidens), put Wood on the back foot. Martin-Hussey and Williams picked up two wickets each. Opening bowler Lewis steamed in from the Chafford end to claim 3-26 from eight overs which included one maiden while Sam Hall provided valuable support with 2-26 from seven overs. Tyler Kohl, from the Belhus U12 group, picked up 1-11 from two overs.

Belhus U13 162-2
Thurrock U13 79-4

Belhus maintained a run rate of just over eight per over as they took control of this South Essex league match at Blackshots on Sunday. Opening batsman Billy Turley scored an impressive 27 runs, Tyler Kohl hit 25, while Matthew McDonagh and and Ciaran Gunning added valuable support with 21 and 18 respectively. For the home side, Shameer Qureshi and Wilson picked up one wicket each. After the biscuit break, Qureshi showed his all-round skill with 28 not out, but he was the home side’s only batsman to reach double figures as Joshua Reynolds, Joe Dalton, Andrew Williams and Ben Garwood picked up one wicket apiece.

Belhus 1st 252-8
Benfleet 1st 162 all out

Danny Joyce struck a fine undefeated 74 as Belhus comfortably won this Essex Sunday League east division fixture at Woodside Park. Martin Guilbert provided valuable support until he fell four runs short of a deserving half-century. The hosts were dismissed with 8.4 overs of their allocation remaining as Stewart Farr picked up 4-30 from eight overs which included two maidens.

Belhus 1st 221-8 dec
Leigh on Sea 1st 87-8

Belhus had to settle for a draw when they visited Chalkwell Park in the Shepherd Neame Essex League division two on Saturday. Leigh on Sea had invited their hosts to bat first although the charge to an impressive 221 after fifty overs was not in the home team’s script. There was further woe for Leigh when they slumped to 87 for the loss of eight wickets, when stumps were drawn after 31 overs of their innings.

Harlow Town 2nd 155 all out
Belhus 2nd 4-0 (rain)

Imran Mohammed was on fire with the ball on Saturday as he picked up six Harlow Town wickets. But his efforts were completely doused when the Heavens opened and no further play was possible after just two overs into the Belhus reply.

Mohammed finished with 6-73 from 17.5 overs, four of which were maidens. The dismissal of the visitors to Ockendon Recreation Ground was complete when Keith Dhannie picked up four wickets at a cost of 34 runs from eleven overs which included five maidens. The Newtowners had three batsmen in double figures. Openers Darryl Pettengell and Jason Gladwin put on 86 for the first wicket until Dhannie had the former caught for 67 in a knock which included ten fours and two towering sixes, while the latter was one of five leg before victims when trapped for 23. Bilal Ali, the number four batsman, hit 25.

Belhus 3rd 190-9
South Woodford 4th (did not bat – rain)

Belhus reached 190 for the loss of nine wickets in a severely rain restricted match at Highfield Avenue on Saturday. Brian Edwards, with 58 not out, and Cliff Cansdale, who scored 32, put on 77 for the ninth wicket. No further play was possible.

Harlow 4th 124-2
Belhus 4th (did not bat – rain)

Belhus hired the facilities at Great and Little Warley for this Shepherd Neame Essex League fixture on Saturday, but it was all rather academic as a precipituous finish saw the visitors’ innings abort on 124 for the loss of two wickets after 32.3 overs had been bowled. The match started well for Belhus as Harlow’s opening batsman Dennis Perry was clean bowled by Paul Hall (1-37) for just nine runs, but fellow opening partner Alan Jones stuck around for an impressive undefeated 58. Ken Aldred was caught by the safe hands of Barry Ruck from the bowling of captain Michael Squires (1-12). Rob Coldwell was Harlow’s other not out batsman with 17 runs to his name.

Harlow Town 5th 202-2 dec
Belhus 5th (did not bat – rain)

A strong Harlow Town side visited Thames Rugby Club on Saturday. Winning the toss and electing to bat, openers Max Poulter, 77 not out, and Kieran Gleeson with 76, put on 102 for the first wicket before Gleeson fell caught and bowled to Mark Fogg (2-35). Fogg’s second wicket came shortly afterwards when he bowled Brian Lall for just ten runs but this was the only success the Belhus bowlers had as the visitors declared on 202 for 2. Then it rained – and no further play was possible.


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