Cricket: Great effort from the Belhus Under-11 side

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Hadleigh and Thundersley U11 117-2
Belhus U11 93-7

Belhus were shaded out by a competent Hadleigh and Thundersley showing in the South Essex under eleven cup final held at Orsett CC on Sunday morning (9th July 2017). A strong Hadleigh batting performance saw their openers Huggins and Whitbourn reach the competition’s compulsory retirement mark of 25,while number three batsman Maddocks struck 23 uuntil he was caught by Robert Healy off the bowling of Charlotte Waters for 23. Rogers continued the run accumulation as he struck six boundaries on his way to an undefeated 27. After the short break between innings, Belhus opener Healy made 14, while Alex Winder and Oliver Plunkett scored 15 and 21 respectively. With the game in the balance, Hadleigh’s Maddocks completed a fine all-round performance with three wickets and a cost of just 14 runs from four impressive overs. As a consequence, the run rate fell and Hadleigh and Thundersley emerged as victors by 24 runs.

Crusaders 231-8
Belhus 2nd 201 all out

Crusaders won the toss and elected to bat in this North Stifford social fixture on Sunday. N. Singh top scored with 75 for the visitors and both S. Singhs provided valuable support with 42 and 29 not out respectively. The wickets were spread out faily evenly amongst the home bowlers. Joseph Tomlinson collected 2-46 while there was a wicket apiece for Billy Maidment, Ewan Day, Ryan Prendergast and Zak Wilson. In reply, Wayne Read, batting at number four for Belhus, struck a fine 66, while opening batsmen Wilson and Chris Didd contributed 45 and 29. However, Richard Waters was the only other Belhus batsman in double figures with 14 as Crusaders gained a 30-run win.

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