Cricket: Belhus show their class against Romford

The Shepherd Neame Essex League
Saturday 2.8.14

Gidea Park and Romford 1’s 290 for 8 (50 overs)
Belhus 1’s 291 for 6 (49.3 overs )
Belhus 1’s won by 4 wickets.
50 over match

IT would not have been possible to watch a better game of 50 over cricket than the one contested by these two sides at the village green in North Stifford. The visitors won the toss and decided to make use of the excellent batting conditions. A 124 run partnership between opener Matthew Tarr and no 3 batsmen Alan Croft ensured that their total would be a defendable one.. Tarr made 42 whilst Croft went on to complete an excellent 127 from 118 balls. Connor Day and Daniel Dreher were the pick of the home bowlers. Day taking 3 for 63 in his ten over spell and Dreher 2 for 43.

Belhus were going to need a big innings from someone and they had to look no further than skipper Danny Joyce. An opening partnership of 85 with brother Joe was the platform from which he launched into an explosive innings of 119 in 136 balls .Leading from the front in what was to become a record winning run chase for Belhus. Danny received sterling support from stalwart Roy Heffernan whose 41 was scored at almost a run a ball. None of the middle order batters wasted anytime with useful fast scoreing contributions coming from Matthew Lewis Jnr and Martin Guillbert. But 12 runs were still needed when the final over began with Belhus 6 wickets down. There could not have been a better man on strike however as powerful all r ounder Danny Dreher displayed nerves of steel and razor sharp focus as he dispatched the first three balls for 6, 2 and 4 respectively.

Belhus 2’s 191 all out
Gidea Park and Romford 2s 82 allout
Belhus 2’s won by 109 runs..

Belhus won the toss and batted first on a grassy track which offered lots of assistance to the home sides seam bowlers. None of the batsmen were able to fully get on top of the bowling at any stage. Veteran opener Wayne Read played aggressively in making a very valuable sore of 73. Middle order bats Sheraz Shahid and Mark Samsom made vital scores of 25 and 30 not out respectively and there was some lively lower order hitting from Imran Mohammed. In the end 191 all out was a competitive total in the face of accurate and testing bowling. Wain took 4 for 53 and bowled with good pace. Neal took 3 for 17 swinging the ball away from the bat prodigiously.

It was a case of anything you can do we can do better however for the Belhus bowlers and the home side never ever looked like threatening to get near the target score. Fourteen year old George Maidment bowled with accuracy and movement to snare 3 for 27 and the slightly older but no less nimble Imran Mohammed bowled beautifully to take 6 for 34 from the other end. Both bowlers were supported by some superb wicket keeping by skipper Mark Sansom who made two lightning fast stumpings off the bowling of Imran Mohammed. The top scorer for GP and R was G Rogers who made 27.

Stanford le hope 3’s 82 all out
Belhus 3’s 86 for 5
Belhus 3’s won by 5 wickets.

Belhus lost the toss and fielded first in what proved to be a very one sided encounter with local rivals Stanford Le Hope. Opening bowlers Paul Hall and Alan Maidment shared five wickets between them. Maidment’s metronomic accuracy bringing him a return of 2 for 18 in 13 overs and Hall’s movement getting him 3 for 42 in 15 overs. The Stanford innings was mopped up by Jim Banner whose crafty leg spin earned him 4 for 12 in 6 overs. Lewis Robinson top scored for Stanford with 32 and Colin Knight ended on 22 not out.

The Belhus run chase wobbled early on with both openers being dismissed for ducks and the Stanford attack must have entertained thoughts of an upset. Any such dreams were quietly put to bed however as Tom Thompson (27) and Ryan Lucas ( 22 ) patiently knocked off the runs in 21 overs.

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