BELHUS edged through to the third round of the Dukes Essex League Cup for the first time in their history with a two wicket win at North Stifford on Saturday. Hutton, batting first, had opener Alex Tredgett to thank for a steady innings of 64 from 102 deliveries, while Vivian Paver crashed 80 runs from only 67 balls , which included six fours and no fewer than four sixes. He was eventually caught by Connor Day to become one of Danny Norris’s victims as he finished with 4-36 from the ten-over allotment. Day and Matthew Doran picked up two wickets apiece, while Martin Guilbert and Joe Joyce shared the remaining two wickets to fall. After the break, skipper Danny Joyce led the way with 86 while, in the middle order, Ryan Wells plundered 65 runs at just over a run per ball. It was left to number nine batsman Bradley Mason to hit the winning runs as he finished undefeated with nine not out from only three deliveries faced.
Hutton 2nd 200-6
Belhus 2nd 201-9
Skipper John Lewis led his Belhus second team to a narrow win with just five deliveries remaining at the Polo field. Lewis ended an enthralling afternoon’s cricket with 65 not out despite 5-42 from Hutton’s Danny Cocklin. Earlier, the home side had posted a respectable target through Joseph Parry, 81 from 119 deliveries, while Max Cotton, batting at number six, held the innings together with a steady 45 from 68 balls faced.
Belhus 3rd 238-5
Orsett and Thurrock 3rd 193-4
Keith Dhannie of Belhus racked up his maiden century following a blistering assault on the home attack at School Lane on Saturday. Dhannie struck five sixes and nine fours before honourably retiring in this social fixture. Sam Hall then picked up the reins with a fine undefeated 44, which included eight boundaries. In reply, Ty Owen struck a fine 69 not out, but when Rhys Goulden ran out McCartney for 26, the writing was on the wall. For the home side, Owen, McLellan, Smith and Bundock picked up one wicket each.
Orsett and Thurrock 4th 239-6
Belhus 4th 153-5
This match was almost a mirror image of the third eleven clash, with Orsett in the driving seat on this occasion. As at School Lane, there was a first innings centurion as Asim Khan smashed five sixes and eleven fours in an almost carefree manner. Khan finished on 102, bowled by Terry Squires. David Jacks provided valuable support with 83, until he was spectacularly stumped by Don East for 83. Top bowling honours for Belhus went to Tyler Robertson with two wickets for just twelve runs from four overs which included one maiden. For the visitors, Jamie Flain picked up 2-38 while veteran Terry Hills and Khan picked up 1-8 and 1-6 respectively.