Cricket: Belhus stay top of the league

Belhus CC 2016

South Woodford 4th 103 all out
Belhus 3rd 106-2

Belhus raced to another win which keeps them top of their Shepherd Neame Essex League division. It took only 14.1 overs for the leaders to complete their eight-wicket win as Joshua Clarke struck 32 and Zak Wilson was undefeated with 34 runs to his name. Earlier, Woodford’s number nine batsman Zahir Nasri attempted to hit his side out of trouble with a fine 43 not out, but the only other visiting batsman at Ockendon to reach double figures was his captain Stephen Hall who mustered ten runs. Father and son team of Alan and Billy Maidment, bowling in tandem, picked up 2-22 and 4-19 respectively, both from nine overs.

Belhus 1st 194-6
STM 185 all out

Nine runs were the difference between the two teams as Belhus emerged as slender victors in this Essex Sunday League premier division match at North Stifford. There were half-centuries for Joe Joyce and Martin Guilbert, while Dale Kenyon completed a match-winning five-wicket haul, as he picked up nine wickets for the weekend. To compound matters for the unfortunate visitors, they were also deducted one point for a slow over rate. Belhus are now up to third place in the competition, who have a game in hand over second placed Goresbrook, while Chelmsford still lead the pack.

Belhus 2nd 191-6
Coopersale 95 all out

Electing to bat in this friendly 40 over encounter at Coopersale on Sunday, Belhus were soon in trouble losing Jack Thomas well caught low down at first slip by Hancock in the 1st over for nought. However, Michael Cansdale, following some some good fortune after playing and missing with some regularity, managed to compile 60 including three sixes, one of which was fortuitous as the fielder juggled the ball over the line. He was joined by fourteen year old Jamie Fairweather who had instructions to “just stay there” as runs were proving hard to come by. That is exactly what he did to compile a very mature and crucial innings on a difficult surface in a stand of 55 with Cansdale. As the total reached 99, Cansdale received a low delivery and he could only succeed in meekly gifting the ball back to the bowler. The last ten overs yielding 63 runs. Fairweather reached 52 not out at the close of the innings, his first half-century in open-age cricket which included one huge six out of the ground. For Coopersale, Harry Atwal returned 2 for 17 off five overs and opening bowler Lee Dolan collected 1-36 from eight overs. In reply, the home side opted for some quick singles but this backfired as the “electric” Lewis Young ran out opener Romily and then number three Hancock. Sam George was the pick of the Belhus bowling with 3-16 from six overs while Adam Dudmish collected 2-5 from 2.1 overs. There was one wicket each for Bradley Bunce and Rhys Goulden.

Belhus 1st 205-8
Gidea Park and Romford 1st 206-7

Gidea Park and Romford edged home to victory with three balls remaining in this tight Shepherd Neame division one encounter at North Stifford on Saturday. Joe Joyce led the way for the home side with 87, being supporting by brother Danny with 41. But a dearth of runs followed as only Ryan Wells 20, Matthew Doran 15 and Billy Winter, 10, reached double figures. Applying the brakes for the visitors was Zisan Abedin with 3-18 from ten overs which included three maidens. After the break, opener Kasi Hoq was the mainstay with 54 until he was trapped leg before by Danny Norris (1-36). His opening partner, Abedin contributed 37. Middle order batsmen Mohammed Fahad and Mahmudul Hassan scored 26 and 24, which left Kafi Khan, 11 not out and James Pegram, six not out, to complete the match in their favour. Doran was the pick of the Belhus attack with 3-66 from ten overs.

Gidea Park and Romford 2nd 235 all out
Belhus 2nd 133 all out

65 runs from home opener Michael Pegram and a half century from his captain Matthew Tarr laid the foundations for a 102-run win over Belhus seconds at the Gidea Park sports ground on Saturday. Visiting paceman Dale Kenyon bagged four wickets for 37 from his allotted nine overs and there was support from Imran Mohammed, 2-51, also from nine overs which included one maiden. In reply, number seven batsman and Belhus captain John Lewis finished on 43 not out, while supporting roles were played by Bradley Mason 17, Wayne Read 22 and Mohammed with eleven runs. Gidea Park’s first change bowler Liam Neal collected 3-32 from his nine overs.

Ilford 4th 173-9
Belhus 4th 114 all out

Middle order Ilford batsmen Arif Mahmood Butt and Muhammad Tayyab Sharif scored 37 and 38 respectively which later proved to be pivotal in taking the match away from the travelling Belhus team at Fairlop Oak on Saturday. Robert Marlow claimed 3-32 but it is in the batting department where improvements are needed. No batsman contributed more than 18 runs, as Jamie Fairweather reached that point. Michael Cansdale contributed 15, ten runs came from John Wilson while tail-enders Barry Ruck and Rob Long hit ten runs apiece. Second change Butt completed a fine all-round performace with 3-25 from seven overs which included two maidens.

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