Cricket: Belhus shine against Woodford Wells

Belhus CC 2016

Woodford Wells 1st 240 all out
Belhus 1st 240-9

BELHUS edged through to the last four of the Essex League cup on Sunday in the most dramatic circumstances possible. The match was tied with the result being determined on number of wickets lost. Danny Norris produced the bowling performance of the season to date with an incredible six wickets for 57 runs from ten overs.

His haul included the valuable wicket of home number three batsman Mitch McGee, who had smashed 108 from 112 deliveries in a knock which contained twelve fours and one six. In contrast, the Belhus innings was a team effort, with eight batsmen making significant contributions.

The highest run maker was Joe Joyce, who made 48 before being run out. The remaining double-figure scores came from Danny Joyce 13, Roy Heffernan 27, Matthew Doran 12, Ryan Wells 39, Vamshi Lingala 21, Martin Guilbert 27 while Norris rounded off a fine all-round display with 21 runs from an 18-ball cameo.

In the last over, Chris Porter brought the scores level with five not out, then last man Connor Day intelligently blocked out the last two balls to earn a semi-final place against Southend EMT later in the season.

Belhus 1st 179 all out
Buckhurst Hill 1st 183-2

Joe Joyce hit ten fours and one six from 81 balls at North Stifford on Saturday but Belhus slid to an eight-wicket defeat. The going was too tough as the visitors’ Hendro Puchert and Rob Petchey picked up 3-32 and 4-43 respectively. No other home batsmen made a score above Vamshi Lingala’s 16 runs.

Puchert then opened the batting. He belted 82 runs from the same number of balls, hitting thirteen fours and one six. Puchert, and his opening partner Ryan Karunakaran (14 runs), were both eventually stumped by wicketkeeper Danny Joyce. To complete the away win, Darren Ironside’s undefeated 48 came from 62 deliveries and included nine fours, while Shoaib Shah provided match-winning support with 21 not out. The two Buckhurst Hill wickets to fall were claimed by Danny Norris (1-48) and Matthew Doran (1-31).

Westcliff on Sea 2nd 162 all out
Belhus 2nd 163-2

The Belhus second string moved up to second place in their division following this scholarly eight-wicket win at Westcliff High School for Boys on Saturday. Charlie Lewis led the way with an impressive 91 not out. Earlier, the home side had struggled against a keen Belhus attack, though top scorers for Westcliff were Rahul Ravi with 37 while Ishan Madan contributed 34.

Belhus 3rd XI 298-5
Woodford Green 3rd 206-9

Belhus attained their highest ever third eleven team score on Saturday as they prized further away at the top of their Shepherd Neame division, with this limited-overs win. George Maidment struck 85 and Keith Dhannie joined in the run-fest with 68. In the post-tea session, Aidan Mason collected career-best figures of 5-30, despite an uplifting innings of 84 from Woodford Green’s Trevedi. However, the struggling Belhus fourth eleven were shot out for a very disappointing 92 runs in perfect batting conditions at Ockendon Recreation Ground. League leaders West Essex thirds had no difficulty in getting past the winning post for the loss of only two wickets.

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