Heffernan’s 73 and a touch of WD40 wins it for Belhus
Roy Heffernan struck 73 runs from 83 deliveries as Belhus overcame a good Rainham outfit in this 35-overs per side midweek match at North Stifford last Wednesday (19th July). Zak Wilson finished the job with a brisk undefeated 37 as the home side stormed to a five wicket win with 4.4 overs remaining.
Wayne Read, whose self-styled profile on the Belhus website is “WD Read”, scored exactly 40 and opening batsman Chris Didd struck 28. Before tea, the first six visiting batsmen all made double figures, ably led by Tony Stouchbury, who finished on 52 not out. Waites contributed 41. Billy Maidment’s 2-28 from seven overs, which included one maiden, was instrumental in curbing the Rainham run accumulation, while there was one wicket apiece for Wilson, Heffernan and guest player Joe Mitchell.
Wickford U13 147-2
Belhus U13 55-7
Belhus were taught a cricketing lesson in their first eight a side league clash by an excellent Wickford outfit. The visitors batted first and racked up 147-2 with McKenna making a fine 51 before retiring and Bate making 47. Alex Blake and Kaelan Casey picked up the two wickets to fall. In reply, Belhus were reeling at five runs for five wickets; they lost five wickets for no runs. Thankfully for the home side, Alex Blake (21 not out), Kaelan Casey (14) and Billy Baker (14) dug in to survive their 20 overs, but the excellent Sayers (three wickets for nine runs) and McKenna (three also wickets for just one run) from their allotted four overs made sure Belhus came a distant second.
Loughton U12 169-6
Belhus U12 140-4
Belhus lost their final Peter Coe Cup match of 2017 by 29 runs. Loughton batted first and totalled a healthy 169-6 from their 25 overs. Chauhan top scored with 40, Boparai made a powerful 33 and Chapman a steady 28. The Belhus wickets came from Tom Anderson, Ted Waters (who also both made run outs) and Reece Herbert. Charlie Ovey also made a fine run out and Tyler Robertson bagged the only Belhus catch in the match. In reply, skipper Waters fell agonisingly short of a maiden half century as he was caught behind for 49, his knock included six boundaries. Fellow opener Lewis Blake made 28 (with 4 boundaries) as they added 91 for the first wicket. While Belhus fell short of the target, there was some fine hitting late on from Anderson who made 21 not out with two fours and a rare five. Coope was the most successful Loughton bowler with 2-23. Chapman and Gardiner took the other wickets as the home side eased to their win.