Cricket: Belhus outclassed by Harlow

Belhus CC 2016

Belhus 1st 197 all out
Harlow 200-0

Belhus were comprehensively defeated at the Marigolds ground on Saturday, but despite the setback managed to pick up six bonus points. Joe Joyce top scored with 60 for the visitors, while brother Danny struck 43, both hitting six boundaries in the process. Number four batsman Matthew Doran made 42, then no other Belhus batsman reached double figures with the exception of number ten Danny Norris, who finished 12 not out. In reply, home openers Hafiz Yawar Afzal and Alan Jones were untroubled; Afzal finished on 117 not out and hit two sixes and sixteen fours, while Jones made 78 which included twelve boundaries.

Belhus 1st 243-7
Gidea Park and Romford 1st 0-0 (Match abandoned – rain)

After the disappointment of the previous day, this was a stronger batting performance from Belhus in this Essex Sunday League premier division fixture at North Stifford. Joe Joyce struck a fine century – 105 not out batting at number seven – and in doing so became the highest ever scorer for Belhus in that position. He overhauled the previous record of 89 held by Stewart Farr for the third eleven against Westcliff on Sea four years previously. Despite Joe Joyce contributing to a 132-run partnership for the seventh wicket with brother Danny, it counted for little as play was abandoned at tea. Both teams received six points.

Belhus 2nd 209-8
Oakfield Parkonians 2nd 210-6

Charlie Lewis struck an undefeated 111 runs – a personal best – but only three other Belhus batsmen reached double figures. Daniel Dreher was stumped by Jai Patel off the bowling of Pirratheesh Vigneswarathasan for 12, Imran Mohammed hit 10, while number ten Chris Porter finished on 25 not out. The visitors, Oakfield Parkonians, contributed 32 extras, but they avoided a drawn match with just seven deliveries remaining. Number three Vikram Handa set the Old Boys up for victory with a fine 75 from 91 deliveries, his innings included seven fours and two sixes. In contrast to the Belhus innings, there were significant double-figure contributions from all the batsmen, apart from opener Neil Braithwaite, who was bowled by Jack Martin-Hussey for just one run. Martin-Hussey and Imran Mohammed picked up two wickets each, with George Maidment and Deepak Sinha claiming one apiece.

Belhus 3rd 247-9
Hadleigh and Thundersley 3rd 134 all out

Belhus made it three wins out of three – all with maximum points – to head division three, third team section, of the Shepherd Neame Essex league. Richard Waters continued his early season form with a fine 77 not out, while Zak Wilson struck 57. Alan Maidment then worked wonders with the ball by bagging six wickets at a cost of just 38 runs.

Belhus 4th 223-6
Wanstead and Snaresbrook 6th 142-7

Antonio Darrell struck his highest score for Belhus to date of 80 runs at Ockendon Recreation ground on Saturday. He received valuable support from Terry Squires with 37 and 46 from James Barber. For the visitors, Pratik Vyas, Abdullah Mukhtar and Saleem Ziarmal picked up two wickets apiece. For Belhus, Rob Long and Darrell did likewise though both teams had to settle for a draw as the overs expired, with Zoraiz Saeed finishing undefeated with 59 runs to his name.

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