Stanford le Hope U13 39-8
Belhus U13 41-3
An accurate Belhus attack, which led to seven Stanford batsmen being bowled, proved to be decisive in this T20 match at North Stifford on Friday (26th May 2017). Reece Herbert led the way with three wickets at a cost of just six runs from two devastating overs, while Billy Baker claimed 2-7, also from two overs. With Oliver Plunkett and Barnett each picking up one wicket, Teddy Waters saw Belhus home with an undefeated 13 runs. For Stanford, Louis Hales, Kian Poskitt and Emmi Poskitt took one wicket apiece.
South Woodford U12 124-4
Belhus U12 61 all out
A fine undefeated knock of 74 from the visitors’ opening batsman Heshan Mahendra ultimately proved to be a match-winning innings in this Essex Peter Coe trophy encounter. He put on 74 for the first wicket with Areeb Rashid, who was first to be dismissed, run out by an Oliver Plunkett and Teddy Waters combination. With Rashid back in the pavilion with a supportive 27, the run rate faltered as Tom Holland and Plunkett picked up one wicket each. Then Alex Winder teamed up with Waters in the field to run out South Woodford’s Matthew Woodward, for just two runs.
After the break, the East Londoner’s Mohsin Rahman picked up a wicket in his first over and Belhus failed to recover as they slipped to 29 for the loss of five wickets. Lewis Blake made a brave attempt to hold the innings together with 25, until he became the second wicket to fall at the hands of Rahman, who finished with 2-10 from two spells totalling four overs. Vivan Hassen bagged the lion’s share of the home wickets with 3-10 from 4.4 overs, which included one maiden.
Mahendra, who had earlier starred with the willow, turned his attention to the ball to collect one wicket without cost from one over, while Rashid, Woodward and Kamil Uddin each claimed one wicket. Eight year old Tarun Sharma might not have taken a wicket, but his two overs for just one run was particularly impressive at this level.