Cricket: Belhus wide of the mark against Hornchurch

The Shepherd Neame Essex League
Saturday 28th June 2014

Hornchurch 1’s 288 for 8 ( 50 overs )
Belhus 1’s 150 for 7 ( 26 overs – revised target of 185 due to rain )
Hornchurch won by 38 runs.

THIS top of the table clash was played out on a damp afternoon at Harrow Lodge Park. Winning the toss and electing to bat first Hornchurch’s Jamie Sorrell ( 69) and Chris Sains (63) were the chief architects of a well-constructed first innings total of 288 for 8. The wily leg spin of Belhus’ Daniel Dreher provided enough problems for the home side to earn him four wickets for 61 runs in his ten over spell. Hornchurch were given significant assistance in the form of an astonishing 46 wides that were sent down by the Belhus attack.

The Belhus run chase was affected by rain and a revised target of 185 from 26 overs saw them needing to crack on at 7.1 runs per over. Skipper Danny Joyce opened the innings and found his stride with a battling innings of 60. There was inadequate support however from his middle order batsmen and the final total of 150 gave Hornchurch a comfortable win. Daniel Dreher completed a fine all-round performance with 29 not out and Hornchurch’s Taqui Abbas was their outstanding bowler with 3 for 27.

Belhus 2’s 261 for 6 declared
Ardleigh Green 190 for 7
Match Drawn.

A masterful innings of 150 not out from Belhus’ John Lewis was the chief corner stone in their sizeable total of 261 for 6. He found a kindred spirit in the form of Nick Marns who made 42 in partnership with him.
Lewis’ personal best however was not quite enough to inspire the Belhus bowling attack to similar heights and they were unable to find sufficient penetration to achieve victory. Ardleigh’s reply score of 190 was never a threat however and young Belhus’ spinner Sheraz Shahid bowled beautifully to capture four wickets on a pitch which offered him considerable assistance.

Belhus 3’s 225 for 3 declared
South Woodford 4’s 228 for 4
South Woodford won by 6 wickets.

The South Ockendon wicket proved yet again to be a credit to its curator Pete Bright as 453 runs were plundered in a highly entertaining match. Belhus skipper Jim Banner called correctly at the toss and decided that the home side would set the pace by batting first. And quite a pace did they set . The final total of 225 for 3 declared was achieved in 40 overs with young gun Jake Wolfe blazing a career best 146.

The visitors however were to reply in fine style chasing down the target with 6 wickets in hand. Shieth scoring 78 not out and Shah 56.

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