Cricket: Belhus find Billericay just too tricky

Belhus CC 2016

Belhus 1st 183 all out
Billericay 1st 186-1

Joe Joyce continued his consistent run of form with 65 runs after Belhus won the toss and elected to bat at the Toby Howe ground on Saturday. Unfortunately for the visitors, only three other bastmen reached double figures, being Roy Heffernan, Billy Winter and Charlie Lewis with 28, 13 and 15 respectively. Joyce was eventually dismissed by an Adam Marchant catch off the bowling of spinner Ross Poulton, who weaved his way to 4-19 from ten overs, which included one maiden. He was supported by Marchant and Andy Smith with two wickets apiece. After the dismissal of Billericay’s Nick Van Lint for 15, caught by Ryan Wells off the bowling of Danny Norris (1-36), David Hinnigan and Lee Knight were both undefeated to ensure a home win by nine wickets. Hinnigan finished on 85 while Knight’s contribution was 66.

Chelmsford 1st 190-4
Belhus 1st 108 all out

Jack Sterland hit a match-winning 95 for the visitors to North Stifford in this T20 match on Friday evening (16th July 2017). His innings included no fewer than seventeen boundaries. Offering good support for Sterland were Dan Hagen with 34, while James Clifford and Lee Cranmer were both undefeated with 14 and 16 runs. Ryan Wells responded with 35 from 18 balls for Belhus, his knock included six fours and one six, but only two further home batsmen reached double figures, one of whom was George Maidment with 16. For Chelmsford, Oliver Devenish, Ben Waring and Tom Halsey collected two wickets apiece.

Billericay 2nd 232-9
Belhus 2nd 88 all out

Billericay won the toss and elected to bat at Ockendon Recreation Ground. The decision was justified as they racked up 232 runs from 45 overs, despite Imran Mohammed toiling away to claim three wickets for the home side.

Belhus 3rd 233 all out
Fives and Heronians 3rd 216-9

Belhus held their nerve in this limited-over match as Fives and Heronians launched a fierce chase of the Belhus total at Old Chigwellians. The visitors were pegged back late in the innings, due in part to some astute field placings by captain Richard Waters and catches being taken by Jack Thomas (two), Tom Thompson, Adam Dudmish, Michael Cansdale and Keith Dhannie. Earlier, Belhus made a strong start as Thompson and Richard Waters scored 30 and 46 respectively, putting on 49 for the first wicket. Although both were to succumb leg before, Thomas picked up the reins with 52. Lower down the order, Cansdale hit 25 and Liam Waters hit three boundaries in a cameo 14. As the overs expired, Dale Kenyon smashed four fours and one huge six to finish with 29. Byfield was the pick of the home bowling with 4-49 from nine overs. After tea, Fives opener Quereshi played with style but could not get his team over the finishing line. Quereshi ended 104 not out but only three other team colleagues made double figures. Cine projected 35 in an opening partnership of 61, Cannacott hit 25, while Tootell contributed 11 and last man Ulling was undefeated with Quereshi with 10 not out. All five Belhus bowlers were in the wickets. Father and son Alan and Billy Maidment returned 2-48 and 3-52; Kenyon finished with 2-59 while Rob Long and Dhannie picked up one wicket apiece.

Fives and Heronians 4th 219 all out
Belhus 4th 139 all out

Amit Gohil produced five fours and one six hit but it wasn’t enough to prevent his team going down to a ‘home’ league match at Coopersale on Saturday. Gohil plundered 46 runs from 51 balls, but only two other Belhus batsmen reached double figures, being Jim Robertson and Ewan Day with 19 and 17 respectively. Earlier, Fives opening batsman Uriel Duncan traded mainly in boundaries with ten fours in an innings of 52 from 58 deliveries. His colleagues Awais Masood and Zain Gul swooped with three wickets each. For Belhus, Gohil completed a fine all-round match with 2-42 from eight overs, while John Wilson and Mike Randall also bagged two wickets.

Old Friendship 160 all out
Belhus 2nd 161-1

Joseph Tomlinson of Belhus scored his maiden half-century after earlier taking three wickets for just ten runs at North Stifford on Sunday. There was also an undefeated 50 for Jack Martin-Hussey while Joshua Clarke scored 35 not out. Earlier, Wilson was the star of the Old Boys’ batting with 50 to his name and he also took the lone Belhus wicket to fall. For the home side, Zak Wilson joined Tomlinson by taking three wickets for 31 runs while Rhys Goulden collected 2-26 from seven overs which included three maidens. Lewis Young and Clarke both picked up one wicket.

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