Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Cricket: Full house for Heffernan

Belhus 1st 266-9
Myddleton House 131 all out

Number nine batsman Roy Heffernan struck an imperious 135 not out and, in so doing, set a new last wicket partnership record of 155 with Sam Hall, who was also undefeated on 22. Skipper Michael Fogg opened the batting with 59 runs to his name but the real fireworks began after Belhus had lost their ninth wicket with the score on 111. Later, Graham and Patel scored 60 and 23 respectively in an innings which saw nine catches taken four of them by wicketkeeper Fogg. In the bowling stakes, Chris Baker took three wickets for the same number of runs from 1.3 overs, Madassir Muktar claimed 3-11 and Dan Norris returned 2-25.

Belhus 1st 237-5
Thurrock 1st 186 all out

Five batsmen reached the half-century mark in this Essex Sunday League east division match. For Belhus, Gavin Jefferies top scored with a fine undefeated 86 not out while strong support was added by Ryan Wells with 59 and Danny Joyce, who made 66. For Thurrock, Mason Wren hit 57 while number five batsman Matthew Hills had reached 62 until he was left high and dry as wickets fell at the other end. Belhus bowlers with reward were Theeban Tavarasa with 3-18 from eight overs and Jefferies, with 2-21 from seven overs, two of which were maidens. Daniel George, Clarke Wren and Dean Henry took one wicket apiece for Thurrock.

Belhus 5th 240-5
Rayleigh 7th 111 all out

Another key record was broken on Saturday as the Belhus fifth eleven amassed their highest ever total. Opening batsman John Wilson scored exactly 50, while later in the innings, Don East matched Wilson’s score and was undefeated in the process. Despite the best efforts of Rotajin with 46, Rayleigh succumbed to Jordan Sullivan and Amit Gohil, who grabbed three wickets each. Ewan Day picked up two wickets at a cost of just four runs, while Ryan Prendergast and Steve Playle collected the two remaining scalps.

Belhus 4th 132 all out
Orsett 4th 136-1

Ridings with 89 not out sent Orsett on their way to a convincing nine-wicket win at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. Mike Randall top scored with 56 for Belhus, but Connor Boreham, 4-23 ensured the visitors kept the upper hand.

Belhus 3rd 149 all out
Leigh on Sea 3rd 150-4

Belhus number eleven batsman Robert Long did his best to salvage the situation for Belhus as he struck 43 not out. But James Bradley responded for the home side with 66 at Belfairs Park on Saturday.

Belhus 2nd 238-7 dec
Pegasus and Corringham 2nd 176-7

Belhus openers Wayne Read and Charlie Lewis both scored 32, then Roy Heffernan hit 77. Ben Marns made 40, while Ben Kent finished on 21 not out. But it mattered little as the home side held out for a draw. Jason Pike and Steve Pearce scored 53 and 34 for Pegasus and Corringham.

Belhus 1st 235-7 dec
Old Southendian and Southchurch 1st 236-1

There were two centurians – one on each team – but it was the Old Boys who came away from North Stifford with the spoils. Joe Joyce of Belhus hit his fourth century of the season in making 112 not out from 125 balls faced, his knock included 15 boundaries. But in the post tea session, Joe Robbins led his team to a fine win with 113 not out, having put on 188 for the first wicket with Numan Khan It was Khan who was the only Southendians batsman to be dismissed, bowled by Dale Kenyon.


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