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Cricket: Exciting draw for Belhus

Belhus 1st 177-9

Hainault and Clayhall 1st 177 all out

BELHUS were involved in a sensational tied match on Saturday. The home side were favourites to win with the scores level and two wickets in hand. But Hainault’s number ten batsman Sam Shirzay was run out by Ryan Wells and then Omar Ahmad was trapped leg before by Danny Norris without further addition. The main damage to the hosts reply was caused by Dan Dreher, who bagged 5-34 from 13 overs which included four maidens.

Earlier, their were solid Belhus contributions by Joe Joyce, 35, Martin Guilbert, 37, Danny Joyce 28 and Michael Fogg with 22, while Ryan Hurst, captain of Hainault and Clayhall, completed a fine all-round performance by first claiming 5-43 from 16 overs (four maidens) and then fell just four runs short of what would have been a deserved half-century.

Belhus 2nd 185 all out

Hainault and Clayhall 2nd 189-7

In an error-strewn match at North Stifford on Saturday, Hainault and Clayhall had Asfaq Ahmad and Shafiqullah Kamal to thank for seeing their side to victory by three wickets. These two scored 59 not out and 45. Earlier, Charlie Lewis, with 37 and Imran Mohammed’s late burst of 34 were the highlights of the Belhus innings but Arshad Mughal 5-43 from 16 overs and Azhar Nawaz’s 3-53 kept things in check for the visitors. Belhus bowling plaudits went to Gary Sanderson, who beavered away 4-60 from 11.3 overs. The Belhus second eleven performed better on Sunday with a ten-run win over Island Taverners, as Mike Randall hit 60 and Sam Hall struck 51.

Leigh on Sea 3rd 118 all out

Belhus 3rd 119-5

Captain Jack Plane led his team to a fine five-wicket victory over Leigh on Sea at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. Plane hit 43 not out and was supported by Sam Hall, who scored 40 runs. Billy Maidment, Aidan Mason and Mike Randall claimed two wickets apiece for Belhus. Prashanth Natarajan was the top scorer for the visitors with 32 runs.

Belhus 4th 238-4 dec

Harlow Town 4th 228-4 (Match Drawn)

Three Belhus players reached deserving half-centuries at Harlow on Saturday, being Eathan Morris with 58, Ewan Day scoring 50 while Keith Dhannie clubbed a fine undefeated 61. However, Harlow Town responded in kind through their opening batsman Lee Richardson, who struck a fine undefeated 117 in a drawn encounter. In a match where very few wickets fell, the opening Belhus attack of Robert Long and Jamie Fairweather reached credibility as Long finished with 1-44 from 14 overs (six maidens), while Fairweather picked up 2-28 from ten overs, four of which were maidens.


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