Fives and Heronians 2nd 214-9
Belhus 2nd 215-6
FIVES won the toss and elected to bat on another good pitch at North Stifford, evenly grassed and very firm. Imran Mohammed of Belhus (3-56) soon had the ball swinging and produced a peach of a ball that pitched outside leg yet struck middle and off stumps to send visiting captain Sam Adcock back to the pavilion for only four runs.
The Chigwell-based club rallied and were looking dangerous through some good hitting by Nick Canacott and Simranjeet Rathor with 25 and 30 respectively. This partnership caused the early introduction of Braydon Scarlett and after a quick conversation with his skipper along the lines of ‘Don’t worry, I’ll sort this out skip’, the young off spinner dismissed Canacott with a caught and bowled off his fifth delivery. Scarlett continued his good work with another three wickets to finish with 4-73 from sixteen overs. The travelling tail wagged as Aqeel Ilyas scored 35 and number nine Allum was undefeated on 44 at the close.
After the break, Belhus lost an early wicket but then got into their stride with Chris Baker firing his usual pinch hitting salvo (20 runs in 13 balls) and home captain John Lewis stroking a masterly 61. There were further contributions by the middle order with 19 from Matthew Williams, 26 from Mark Sansom, Nick Marns contributed 25 while Stephen Huckstepp and George Maidment finishing the job being undefeated on 23 and 27 respectively. For Fives, Hammad Baber and Malik Ullah picked up two wickets each.
Belhus 1st 242-3 dec
Harlow Town 1st 174 all out
Belhus batting brothers Danny and Joe Joyce put on 162 for the first wicket at Harlow’s Ash Tree Field on Saturday, with Joe striking an imperious 97 which contained 17 boundaries, including one six from just 90 deliveries. The partnership was ended when Danny was stumped by Ricky McKinley off the bowling of Ben Eversden (1-34) for 76. Ryan Wells kept up the momentum, with an undefeated 47 from 41 balls faced. For Harlow Town, openers Shiraz and Bilal Ali put on 59 with Shiraz hitting 58 and Bilal scoring 39, but with six other batsmen failing to reach double figures, the writing was on the wall for the hosts. Not content with 97, Joe Joyce turned his arm over and picked up four wickets at a cost of just 22 runs from eight overs, which included two maidens. Gary Sanderson claimed 3-38. Belhus returned home with a 25-point win and a 34-point clearance over second placed Gidea Park and Romford in the Shepherd Neame Essex League division two.
Belhus 3rd 199-7
Basildon and Pitsea 3rd 107-9
Wayne Morgan and Mark Williams were Basildon and Pitsea’s batting heroes as this last pair batted out the last thirteen overs to earn a draw at Ockendon Recreation ground on Saturday. Morgan, batting at number nine, finished on 34 not out, while last man Williams scored 11 not out to thwart Belhus. Alan Maidment was the otherwise strike bowler with 3-26 from ten overs while Sam Hall and Adam Dudmish picked up two wickets apiece. Earlier, a fine 68 from Jack Day was supported by Zak Wilson’s 38, but these two potential match-winning performances were thwarted by the resolute defence of Morgan and Williams. Proper cricket at its best. Earlier, Morgan had picked up 3-40 while Williams and Anthony Ayres picked up two wickets each.
Belhus 2nd 147-5 dec
It was certainly a family affair as various generations of Belhus cricketers took to the field at Coopersale on Sunday. From five members of the Waters family, Richard struck a fine half-century. Junior players Oliver Plunkett and Tyler Robertson picked up a wicket each in their first open-age match, while Bradley Bunce’s safe hands pouched two fine catches. In the end, the hosts managed to reach their target for a comfortable seven-wicket win.