Cricket: Fourteen-year-old Joshua hits century from Belhus

Belhus Development XI 242-2
Horton Kirby 130 all out

Fourteen year-old Joshua Clarke became the youngest ever Belhus batsman to score a century in open-age cricket with a masterful innings of 103 from the same number of deliveries at Horton Kirby on Sunday. He hit fifteen fours and one six, then later in the day collected two catches in the field. Supporting Clarke with the bat were Chris Didd with 50, Michael Randall contributed 20 runs while Wayne Read finished undefeated on 39. For the home side, Sylva and Martin picked up one wicket each. In the post tea session, Sam George bagged 4-15 from 6.2 overs, two of which were maidens. Offering good support were Michael Cansdale, 3-29 from six overs, and Lewis Young, 2-35 from eight overs (one maiden).

Bardoli 190-9
Belhus 1st 193-7

Belhus enjoyed a three-wicket win with fifteen balls to spare in this Essex Sunday League encounter at North Stifford. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, with their top three batsmen, Altaf Hasna, Sufiyan Data and Faruk Jabbar recording scores of 23, 38 and 20 respectively. Later, number nine Ismail Saiyad contributed a meaningful 26, but Danny Joyce’s 3-31 from eight overs, including the wicket of opener Hasna, thwarted Bardoli’s attempt to set an unassailable target. Martin Guilbert picked up 2-44 while there was one wicket each for Billy Maidment and Matthew Williams. After tea, the Belhus response was powerful as openers Matthew Doran and Billy Winter recorded scores of 60 and 38 respectively. After the next three batsmen failed to reach double figures, it was left to Joe Joyce to record an undefeated 53 to steer Belhus home. For Bardoli, first change Macsud Patel’s 3-33 from eight overs (one maiden) ensured the eventual removal of both Belhus openers, while Abdul Hafesji, Yusuf Majli and Zakaria Budi captured a wicket apiece.

South Woodford 1st 164 all out
Belhus 1st 168-0

Not for the first time, the Joyce brothers combined to execute a ten-wicket win for Belhus, this time at South Woodford. Danny Joyce was undefeated on 72, Joe Joyce was unbeaten on 84. Earlier, Matthew Doran bagged 3-23 from ten overs (one maiden), while there were two wickets apiece from Danny Norris and Connor Day. Martin Guilbert and Vamshi Lingala claimed 1-29 and 1-5. Joe Joyce is currently the highest run scorer in division one of the Shepherd Neame Essex league. Meanwhile the Belhus seconds defeated their South Woodford counterparts in the reciprocal fixture at North Stifford. Belhus were 186 all out after 32 overs and then proceeded to dismantle their guests for 148 after 44.2 overs.

Hainault and Clayhall 4th 188 all out
Belhus 3rd 191-6

Belhus thirds extended their position at the top of their Shepherd Neame Essex League division with a four-wicket win over second place Hainault and Clayhall at Ockendon Recreation Ground On Saturday. The visitors succumbed to 188 all out in 39.2 overs, as opening bowler, and the Shepherd Neame division’s leading wicket taker Alan Maidment bagged 3-53 from nine overs. Also with three wickets came third change bowler Sam Hall; he bagged 3-23, also from nine overs, which included one maiden. Spin bowler Braydon Scarlett kept matters nicely contained with a controlled spell of spin, which yielded 1-25 from eight overs (two maidens), while George Maidment mopped up with one wicket for just seven runs from two overs. The Belhus top four cashed in; Tom Thompson hit 31, George Maidment contributed 19, 13 came from the willow of Zak Wilson while Keith Dhannie blasted a strong 44. Williams then guided Belhus to another win with a fine undefeated knock of 44, which included five boundaries. For Hainault and Clayhall, Abdul Rehman and Arun Bhardwaj collected 2-19 and 2-25 respectively.

Belhus 4th 102 all out
Upminster 5th 103-5

Five batsmen in the Belhus middle order reached double figures, but none were able to progress beyond 17 runs in difficult circumstances at Campion School on Saturday. Amit Gohil reached this top score while James Barber made 14, Kevin Barber went one run further while there ten runs each for John Wilson and Robert Marlow. The writing was on the wall for Belhus when home captain Scott Fisher stuck around for a match-winning 51 not out, despite the best efforts of 2-29 from Robert Long and 3-15 from fourth change Joseph Clarke.

Belhus U12 119-6
Bancroft Lions U12 123-8

Belhus narrowly lost a thrilling Peter Coe match between two very evenly matched sides in a game that could have gone either way as the result was decided in the last over. Belhus were inserted and started well as Lewis Blake (11) and Teddy Waters (30) got the home team off to a positive start. Alex Blake kept things ticking with 40 and Kaelan Casey added 10 but Malik (1-6) and Walcott (2-15) pegged Belhus back. The Lions started well as Walcott added 25 to his bowling stint and Krishnamurthy made a useful 21 – these two adding 54 for the first wicket. But Casey nipped out Walcott and the game swung Belhus’s way as Lewis Blake held a spectacular one handed catch off Teddy Waters. Tyler Robertson cleaned up the dangerous Malik for just six runs. Oliver Plunkett then made a fine run out and Waters combined with Lewis Blake to add another run out victim – suddenly Belhus seemed in control as the visitors slipped to 72-5. But Dobinson’s 21, combined with Vininter (18*) put the visitors in control. Lewis Blake then took two quick wickets (2-21) and the game lurched back again towards the home side as Casey and Waters added a third run out in what was an excellent fielding display by the young Belhus team. But again, the Lions fought back through Clark, 10 not out, who combined with Vininter to help Bancroft to squeak home by two wickets in the last over. A great game played in good spirit by two well matched sides on a glorious sunny morning at the idyllic North Stifford village green.

Orsett and Thurrock Titans U11 96-4
Belhus U11 97-6

Lewis Blake with an undefeated 26 and Robert Healy’s 24 were the mainstays of this South Essex Cup match win for Belhus at Orsett Recreation Ground on Monday evening (26th June 2017). Davis (2-6) and Stevens (1-13) were amongst the wickets for Orsett. Earlier, Green scored an undefeated 28 for the home side while Flain and Cook both finished with 13 runs apiece. Belhus bowlers Aidan Fourie, Sammy Fairweather and Lewis Blake each claimed one wicket.

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