Cricket:Belhus impress in Norfolk

14th Annual Tour of Norfolk by Belhus CC

DANIEL Dreher and Billy Winter both scored 102 in an opening partnership of 215 to get their 2016 tour off to a flying start. Belhus set a tough target of 275 at Norwich, losing only five wickets in the process. It was Dreher’s maiden century. The hosts responded positively as Pointer struck 54 and Raj was undefeated at the end with 53, but the tourists won by 35 runs as the City team were eventually dismissed for 240.

At Vauxhall Mallards, Belhus posted 241 for the loss of seven wickets through 52 from Martin Guilbert, Michael Fogg hit 39 while Liam Wilson chipped in with 36. In reply for Mallards, Plater struck 93 as the hosts won by six wickets. With a combined tour party of 21 which included 17 players, it was the turn of Wayne Read and Charlie Lewis to get a slice of the action at Mattishall. Read hit 71 and Lewis struck 57; Belhus reached 262-6 at tea. The hosts were then dismissed for 217 with Roy Heffernan’s occasional spin bowling yielding three wickets at a cost of just 15 runs. Despite 68 from Spalding, Mattishall fell short by 45 runs. The final match of the tour was abandoned as a draw due to rain. Belhus had reached 79 for the loss of three wickets at Sprowston when the heavens opened to bring a successful and enjoyable tour to a premature close.

Belhus 1st 163 all out

Oakfield Parkonians 1st 165-4

Belhus were comfortably defeated by their Fairlop hosts on Saturday, despite Martin Guilbert’s undefeated middle order contribution of 42. Opener Ryan Wells struck 31 and credit must be given to number eleven Connor Day’s rear-guard knock of 15, without which the Belhus total would have been much lower. Home opening bowler Raghav Chopra and first change Eshun Kalley picked up seven wickets between them. Chopra finished with 3-28 from ten overs (two maidens) while Kalley turned the screw still further. His return was 4-28 from 8.4 overs which included four maidens. All six home batsmen reached double figures. Openers Faisal Bhatti and Jibran Azam scored 20 and 36 respectively before both were trapped leg before wicket, by Day (1-51) and Gary Sanderson (1-41). Haris Khan contributed 23 until he was stumped by Michael Fogg off Daniel Dreher (2-21) for 23. Dreher’s second wicket occurred courtesy of a Billy Winter catch to dismiss Ramya Upadhyay for 14. The Kalley clan – Paran and Eshun – ensured there was no further loss as both were undefeated, Paran one short of the half-century mark.

Belhus 2nd 242 all out

Oakfield Parkonians 2nd 211-9

A match-winning fifth wicket partnership of 123 between captain John Lewis and Stephen Huckstepp gave Belhus a decisive 31-run success at North Stifford on Saturday. Lewis hit 63 while Huckstepp reached 62, despite 5-45 from Sifth Ali in 8.3 overs. After a run of four defeats, Belhus seconds have now won their last two league matches and will be hoping to achieve a third successive victory when they visit Gidea Park and Romford on Saturday.

Belhus 3rd 209-2 dec

Old Southendian and Southchurch 4th 41 all out

An opening partnership of 132 from Tom Thompson, 89 not out, and Nick Marns, 62 put Belhus in the driving seat at Ockendon Recreation Ground. Thompson hit thirteen fours while Marns hit eight fours and one six. Skipper Jack Plane unselfishly declared the innings closed while on 29. Father and son Alan and Billy Maidment completed what turned out to be a rout by claiming eight wickets between them. Alan grabbed five wickets at a cost of just 16 runs from nine overs (two maidens), while left-armer Billy claimed 3-17 from seven overs, which included one maiden. The remaining two wickets were shared by Aidan Mason and Adam Dudmish. For the Old Boys, only Woody Marron reached double figures with 12 as wicketkeeper Jack Day picked up three catches.

Harold Wood 5th 209-6

Belhus 4th 213-4

Yet another match-winning partnership occurred when Joshua Clarke and Zak Wilson put on 112 runs for the Belhus second wicket at Harold Wood Park. Clarke attained his maiden half-century and then continued his stay at the crease to finish undefeated on 90. He struck eleven fours and two sixes from 105 balls faced. Meanwhile, Wilson also hit two sixes in his 64 and supplemented that by scoring nine fours from 49 balls faced. Jim Robertson joined Clarke with a patient undefeated 25 from 41 balls to see the visitors to a deserved six-wicket win. Earlier, home opener Steve Faram contributed 56 until he was run out by Belhus wicketkeeper David Sullivan, while number three batsman Brett Ward matched his score. Then number four Chris Low was undefeated at tea with 53 not out. Pick of the Belhus bowlers was Jamie Fairweather, 2-28 from ten overs, which included three maidens. Rob Long, Wilson and Mike Squires picked up a wicket each.

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