Cricket: Belhus take Orsett apart

The Shepherd Neame Essex League
Saturday 14th June 2014

Belhus 1’s 226 for 8
Orsett 1’s 137 all out

BATTING first on an overcast afternoon Belhus 1’s accumulated a competitive fifty over total of 226 for 8. The backbone of the innings once again came from the remarkably consistent Joe Joyce (49 ) . Joyce was ably supported by brother Danny 31 ) and wicketkeeper Michael Fogg ( 33 ).The Orsett batters however could not have been prepared for the tempest that was to follow as Dan Norris produced career best bowling figures of 7 wickets for just 30 runs. Steam rolling Belhus to a resounding 89 run victory and taking them to second place in division 2 of the SNEL.

Harold Wood 2’s 273
Belhus 2’s 245 for 6
Match Drawn.

Harold Wood 2’s played host to Belhus 2’s in a high scoring contest. Batting first the home side took advantage of their familiarity with the pitch conditions and accumulated a very challenging 273 runs. This despite the sterling efforts of young Belhus off spinner Sheraz Shahid , who claimed four wickets.
The Belhus response was a fighting 245 for 6 wickets. Charlie Lewis anchored the innings with a rock solid effort of 60 runs in his first knock for the club this season. Lewis was supported by veteran strokemaker Richard Day ( 57 ) and
His pugnacious skipper Mark Sansom ( 45 ).

Belhus 3’s 171 all out
Loughton 4’s 172 for 2

Belhus 3’s were not able to reproduce the pyrotechnics displayed with the bat last weekend when they travelled to take on Loughton 4’s. Captain Jim Banner won the toss and decided to make first use of the track. The Belhus total of 171 however was to prove to be well below par. Banner top scored with a well-constructed innings of 61. The Loughton response was a resounding 172 for the loss of only 2 wickets.

Loughton 5’s 301-5
Belhus 4’s 202 -3
Match Drawn

Thames Rugby Club was the venue for this high scoring affair as the Loughton Batsmen put Belhus 4’s to the sword on an artificial wicket well suited to attacking play. The home side however would not be intimidated and replied with defiant 202 for the loss of only 3 wickets. Belhus stalwart Peter Clark stroked a career best of 102 not out sharing in an unbroken 4th wicket partnership of 150 with Brayden Scarlett. Scarlett finished on 33 not out.

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