Cricket: Joyce ton highlight of victory against Orsett

Orsett and Thurrock 1st 202-9
Belhus 1st 207-0

Joe Joyce struck his fourth century of the season in this emphatic ten-wicket win over neighbours Orsett and Thurrock. Joyce struck 15 fours and one six to finish undefeated on 112 from 102 balls faced in this Shepherd Neame Essex League Division one encounter at North Stifford. With Danny Joyce also unbeaten with 90 to his name from 106 deliveries (nine boundaries), the victory march was completed after 34.4 overs. Earlier, Kirk Laws had top scored for the visitors with 44, with Umaad Sultan hit 42. But Orsett and Thurrock lost key wickets at regular intervals, as Danny Norris and Matthew Doran picked up three wickets at a cost of 60 and 40 respectively, while Connor Day collected two wickets and Martin Guilbert claimed the remaining scalp. This win puts Belhus into third place –19 points ahead of Orsett and Thurrock and just six points behind leaders Hadleigh and Thundersley.

Belhus 2nd 295-3 dec
West Essex 2nd 207 all out

Belhus number four batsman Daniel Dreher blasted his way to a career best of 103 not out from only 55 deliveries at The Rolls, Highams Park, on Saturday. Dreher struck nine fours and no fewer than eight huge sixes to put Belhus on top of the division two (second team) pile. With Antonio Darrell recording his highest score for Belhus – a measured knock of 86 runs from 159 balls faced – and George Maidment falling just two runs short of a half-century, the North Stifford-based side were able to set West Essex a daunting target. Despite a positive start from home opener Hassan Khan with 68 from 41 balls, second change bowler Deepak Sinha picked up five wickets for Belhus for the first time. The haul cost 51 runs from fourteen overs, two of which were maidens. Imran Mohammed claimed 3-36 and first change Darrell proved his all-round ability with 2-36 from eight overs. This win puts Belhus at the top of their Shepherd Neame division.

Belhus 3rd 98 all out
Oakfield Parkonians 3rd 102-3.

A disappointing display from the Belhus third eleven saw a first defeat of the season at the hands of Oakfield Parkonians at Barkingside on Saturday. Despite this setback, Belhus remain top of the division three Shepherd Neame third eleven table, but only by one point. This seven-wicket win by Parkonians puts them in second place.

Brentwood 4th 141 all out
Belhus 4th 142-6

Rob Long and Jack Thomas engineered this six-wicket success over Brentwood at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. Long claimed 4-43 from a 14-over stretch which included three maidens. Then, after tea, opener Jack Thomas was undefeated on 95 to see Belhus fourths to a convincing win – their first of the current Shepherd Essex League campaign. Two bowlers from each side picked up two wickets, being Ryan Prendergast and John Wilson for Belhus, while Daniel Ranns and Jake Walker did likewise for the visitors.

Belhus 1st 202-9
Chelmsford 1st 206-4

Dutch international cricketer James Gruijters smashed an undefeated 98 for Chelmsford in this Essex Sunday League premier division clash at Chelmer Park. The 23-year-old played one first class match for Holland against Ireland in 2013 and proved to be a thorn in the side for the travelling Belhus team. Earlier, home bowler Liam Kearney bagged four wickets at a cost of 40 runs. However, the match was significant as Joe Joyce reached 1,000 runs for the season, no other Belhus player has reached this milestone so early in the season.

Belhus U12 100-4
Dunmow U12 20 all out

Aidan Fourie had a Sunday he is unlikely to forget – he picked up a hat-trick to return figures of four wickets for just two runs at North Stifford on Sunday morning. Puneet Bal and Rob Healy collected two wickets apiece while Teddy Waters and Tyler Robertson claimed one each. Earlier, Billy Baker and Billy Kilduff scored 16 and 15 respectively, then Healy added 14 runs prior to his bowling effort. No content with that, Healy showed further all-round ability with two catches. The young, inexperienced Dunmow team showed good promise and worked hard in the field. A steady bowling attack saw wickets for Breeze, Whitehead, Brown and Mitchell.

Rayleigh U15 126-8
Belhus U15 111 all out

Joshua Clarke hit five fours and two sixes in a strong undefeated innings of 46, but ran out of partners as only Sam George and George Benson joined Clarke by reaching double figures with 12 and 11 respectively. Mayfield and Bailey did the damage with two wickets apiece while there was one victim each for Wheeler and Walker. Wheeler featured with the bat too. His earlier innings of 29 raised the bar too high as far as Belhus were concerned, while opener Turner laid the foundations with 25. Pick of the Belhus bowlers were Joseph Tomlinson with 3-18, Evan Gray 2-27 and Clarke 1-24.

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