Cricket: Joyce ton not enough for Belhus

The Shepherd Neame Essex League

Saturday 21st June 2014

Belhus 1’s 262 (50 Overs)
Westcliff on Sea 1’s 257 (50 overs )

Belhus won by 5 runs.

Belhus 1’s were involved in yet another exciting contest when they clashed with Westcliff on sea on the longest day of the year Batting first in hot and sunny conditions Belhus put together a challenging but gettable 262 runs. Once again Joe Joyce was the engine room of the innings – scoring his fifth century of the season so far (120).Belhus’ total was made in the face of some excellent bowling by Cox of Westcliff who at one stage took a hat trick of wickets. In return the Westcliff batsmen were to be subjected to an equally brilliant spell from Belhus’ Gary Sanderson who incredibly also took achieved a hat trick! Sanderson’s spell propelled the visitors to a close victory –winning by 5 runs.

Westcliff On Sea 2’s 250 for 9 declared

Belhus 2’s 210 -8

Match Drawn.

Belhus 2’s played host to Westcliff on Sea at the village Green in North Stifford. A wicket which has the prestigious reputation of being one of the finest batting surfaces in Essex. Batting first Westcliff chalked up 250 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Belhus’ Imran Mohammed was the most penetrative of their bowlers – taking three wickets. The Belhus reply of 210 for the loss of eight wickets was built around another fine contribution from John Lewis Jnr( 80 ) acting as captain in the absence of Mark Samson. Imran Mohammed completed a solid all-round performance by finishing on 30 not out.

Belhus 3’s 167 all out

Harlow Town 3’s 168 for 9

Harlow Town won by 1 wicket.

Belhus skipper Jim Banner called correctly at the toss and batted first at the South Ockendon recreation ground. In hot and sapping conditions the Harlow Town bowlers executed their skills with precision and prised out a strong Belhus batting line up for a moderate total of 167.

There was to be no easy victory for the visitors however as Belhus Bowlers Jack Plane and Jim Banner shared 6 wickets between them. Plane taking 3 for 33 and Banner 3 for 42. Their efforts were not assisted however by some poor out fielding and a total of five chances were put down by Belhus. In the end the Harlow batsmen scraped home with 1 wicket remaining.

Harlow Town 4’s 244 for 5

Belhus 4’s 127 for 8

Match Drawn

Batting first Harlow Town chalked up 244 thanks to 93 from opener Steve Richardson. The Belhus bowlers toiled manfully on a very hot afternoon – only five extras were conceded and veteran spin twins Cliff Cansdale and Mike Squires sent down 32 overs between them.

In reply Belhus lost early wickets and never looked in with a chance of winning .Terry Squires ( 24) and Ryan Prendergast ( 23 not out ) batted sensibly to steer them home to a draw.

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