Belhus 1st 199-7
Goresbrook 1st 181-8
90 runs from Joe Joyce earned Belhus a hard-fought Essex Sunday League premier division win at Dagenham.
A truly astonishing 40-overs per side match at North Stifford last week (Wednesday 31st May) ended in a thrilling tie. From 11 for the loss of two wickets, Belhus recovered through Roy Heffernan, who plundered 56 from 88 deliveries and Billy Winter who contributed 57 runs. After tea, Kinder (42) and Thompson (38) prospered in a second wicket stand of 66. It was all down to the final over when the visitors required just six runs. Bowler Aidan Mason shouldered the responsibility. With no runs from the first delivery, there were two runs from the second. Three singles followed to level the scores with one delivery remaining. With the entire field brought up to try to prevent the winning single, Locksbottom’s number nine batsman Dowen struck the ball firmly to Mike Randall who combined with Mason to complete a run-out. Mason finished with 2-28 from eight overs, while Winter completed a fine all-round match with 2-25 from six overs. Twins George and Henry Benson, plus Sam George, picked up one wicket each.
Belhus 1st 245-9
Woodford Wells 1st 188-8
Belhus came within two wickets of clinching a league win on home soil on Saturday, but had to settle for a draw. Danny Norris and Matthew Doran collected 3-34 and 3-49 respectively and earlier, Danny Joyce and Ryan Wells were the joint top scorers for Belhus with 74 runs apiece. Joyce hit eleven fours and two sixes while Wells hit ten fours and one six. For Woodford Wells, there was a 132-run partnership between Mitch McGee (67) and Ed Buxton (58).
Orsett and Thurrock 1st 122 all out
Belhus 1st 110-7
Five fours and two sixes from Orsett’s Kirk Laws proved crucial in this Essex League Dukes T20 group match at Orsett Recreation Ground on Friday evening (2nd June 2017). With a rain delay which reduced the match to fifteen overs per side, Laws finished with 54 runs from just 32 deliveries. The top four Belhus batsmen made good contributions is a strong reply, being Ryan Wells 17, Joe Joyce 32, Vamshi Lingala 12 and Danny Norris, who was undefeated on 23 at the close. Tom Redman was the leading bowler for the home side with 2-21 from his allotted three overs, while there was one wicket each for Paul Bennett and Joe Mitchell.
Belhus 2nd 249-8
Walthamstow 2nd 100 all out
Eight Belhus batsmen reached double figures, with number three Daniel Dreher leading the way with 56. Number ten Chris Porter smashed an undefeated 40 to put the North Stifford-based team in an unassailable position. After tea, Jack Martin-Hussey ripped through the home batting with 5-26 from 9.2 overs (three maidens), as only Qam Farooq reached double figures with 33. Earlier, Walthamstow’s Christian Moffat claimed 3-51 from ten overs (one maiden). Ihsan Ahmed and Mohammed Shaikh collected two wickets each.
Harold Wood 4th 255-6 dec
Belhus 3rd 217-8
Ricky Cooper of Harold Wood struck an undefeated 136 at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday to end the Belhus third eleven’s opening three-match winning start to the Shepherd Neame Essex League season. Belhus number four Jake Wolfe responded with 60 in a creditable run-chase, supported by Keith Dhannie with 22 and Richard Waters, who made 39. In the end, Belhus had to settle for a draw with Sam Hall undefeated on 26 at the close.
Buckhurst Hill 4th 244-3
Belhus 4th 143 all out
The Belhus fourth eleven came a strong second best as home opener Matthew Oakley hit 114. With Vikash Amin offering valuable support with 54, Buckhurst Hill were in the driving seat. Despite 55 runs from Chris Baker, only two other Belhus batsmen reached double figures, with Amit Gohil contributing 23 runs. For the hosts, Abdul Ghaffer bossed the bowling attack with 4-45 from fourteen overs (three maidens), while first change Arun Kudhall collected 4-25 from eight overs, his spell also included three maidens.
Oakfield Parkonians U12 110-5
Belhus U12 112-4
Belhus won an exciting Essex Peter Cue trophy match in a tense finish at Oakfield on Sunday morning. Captain Teddy Waters led the way with 44 runs. Henry Overy contributed 26 as these two put on 77 for the second wicket, which left Belhus requiring four runs to win from the final over. Tyler Robertson and Tom Holland steered the visitors to a six-wicket win against a very accurate Parkonian bowling attack. The visitors’ fielding was again up to high standards, with Waters achieving two run outs with direct hits. Wickets were taken by Robertson, Holland, Callum Constantine and catches for Alex Blake and Overy.
For the home side, Mohammed top scored with ten runs and later claimed 1-12 from 4.2 overs.
Belhus Development XI 245-9
In this drawn North Stifford run-fest on Sunday, Wayne Read hit an undefeated 128, while Joshua Clarke struck 53. Earlier, Bimal and Devang scored 61 and 80 respectively in a match which saw the bowlers toil. Sam George of Belhus collected 3-62 from eight overs and Mike Randall took his weekend wicket tally to four with 2-33 from eight overs (one maiden).