Cricket: Belhus midweek team top three hundred

Belhus CC 2016

Belhus 302-4
East Herts Cavaliers 218-4

THE Belhus midweek certainly eleven fired on all cylinders at their North Stifford home on Thursday (22nd June 2017). Opening batsman Michael Cansdale led the way with an undefeated 75 then Vamshi Lingala added a fine half-century. Both batsmen sportingly retired which led the way for contributions from Chris Didd, 18 and Ewan Day, 30. There was an undefeated fifth wicket stand of 86 between Jim Robertson and Cliff Cansdale. Robertson finished on 57 not out, who brought up his half-century with a straight six which smashed into the sightscreen at the Chafford end. Cansdale concluded on 39. In reply, the Cavaliers made a solid start, but were behind the asking rate having mustered only 43 runs from their first fifteen overs. However, positive batting from number four Freeman contributed 45 runs until he was superbly caught by the impressive Belhus wicketkeeper Lingala following a leg glance. The visiting captain, Adrian Unwins, then crashed 79 runs from just 40 deliveries to ensure some respectability. Top Belhus bowler in this run fest was Keith Dhannie with 2-68 from twelve overs.

Colchester and East Essex 1st 174-5
Belhus 1st 158-9

Belhus fell by just sixteen runs in an encouraging performance at home to premier division opposition in this Essex League Dukes T20 clash. Joe Joyce led the way with 51 runs and he was supported by 20 from Ryan Wells and 25 from the willow of Danny Norris. The home side, however, were pegged back by the impressive all-round performance of Jake Foley. He was the mainstay of the Colchester innings with 54, then bagged 3-30 from his allotted four overs. Earlier, Joe Joyce and Norris claimed 2-19 and 2-43 respectively.

Hadleigh and Thundersley 1st 264 all out
Belhus 1st 221-8

Belhus made a sterling effort to chase a competitive target in this 50-overs per side league match at North Stifford on Saturday. After the visitors’ Sam Handley fell just three runs short of a century, caught by Joe Joyce off the bowling of Danny Norris (3-49), Roy Heffernan responded in kind with an undefeated 80. There was good home support from Matthew Doran with 42 and Danny Joyce, who contributed 28. Hadleigh’s other batting contributors were Kevin Renecke with 48 and Adam Soilleux with 39.

Belhus 2nd 215-5
Leigh on Sea 2nd 219-3

Bob Curtis and Stuart Elliott ensured a seven wicket win for the home side with solid contributions of 73 and 61 respectively in this Shepherd Neame Essex league encounter at Chalkwell Park on Saturday. Earlier, two Belhus batsmen recorded half centuries. Antonia Durrell hit 53 and Jake Wolfe scored a round 50. Offering good support were opener George Maidment with 16 and 33 from Wayne Read. There were two wickets each for Leigh’s John Elliott and Aymer Raza.

Belhus 3rd 108 all out
Westcliff on Sea 3rd 90 all out

A surprisingly low-scoring match on an adequate Ockendon Recreation Ground surface saw Richard Waters hit 64 yet no other Belhus batsmen reached double figures. For Westcliff, Alexander Portugal made 26 and David Mackay scored three fewer as the home side pulled off a remarkable win. Alan Maidment led the way with 3-30 from nine overs which included two maidens. Rob Long returned 2-13 from 6.2 overs, while first change Dale Kenyon was equally impressive with 2-16 from nine overs (three maidens). Sam Hall returned 2-5 from four overs while John Wilson picked up 1-11 from three overs. This win keeps Belhus at the top of their Shepherd Neame division.

Belhus 4th 200-8
Shenfield 4th 201-2

Jasper Stuckey and Syed Tayyab Bukhari put this game to bed for Shenfield with undefeated scores of 53 and 64 respectively. Earlier, Mike Randall hit a fine 61 while there were supporting roles played by Kevin Barber 27, James Barber 24, Joseph Tomlinson 16 and Robert Marlow with 23. For Shenfield, Sam Newton’s 2-24 and Tahir Ramzan’s 2-49 restricted Belhus, for whom Randall and Rhys Goulden collected the two home wickets to fall.

Upminster 1st 220-8
Belhus 1st 142 all out

Upminster were able to edge Belhus out of this Essex Sunday league contest as Josh Lamont hit 53 and Julian Whetstone claimed four wickets for only 13 runs for the home side. For Belhus batsmen attained scores in the 20’s, being Zak Wilson, Roy Heffernan, Martin Guilbert and Andrew Williams with 26, 21, 29 and 25 respectively. Earlier, the pick of the visiting bowling came from Billy Winter with 3-16, Danny Joyce 2-37 while Guilbert and Matthew Williams collected one wicket apiece.

South Weald 188 all out
Belhus 2nd 192-9

Belhus emerged with a slender one-wicket win as Wayne Read hit a boundary off the final delivery in this North Stifford thriller on Sunday. Batting first, South Weald were off to a flyer after a few sharp chances were grounded, with Butterman hitting a fine 66 which included thirteen boundaries. He was supported by Haddock and Savage with 18 and 25 respectively, then Traud’s late 42 boosted the visitors’ score still further. Five Belhus bowlers claimed wickets, who were led by Cliff Cansdale’s 3-20 from five overs. There were two apiece from Sam George and Bradley Bunce, while Rhys Goulden and Lewis Young collected one each. After tea, Belhus were off to the worst possible start, losing both openers for ducks in the very first over. However, Mike Randall and Joshua Clarke retrieved the situation. Clarke struck a stylish 41, while Randall attained his second half-century of the weekend, being caught and bowled by Savage (2-34) for 60. George gave valuable support with 19, while Read, batting at number nine, finished on 42 not out.

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