Senior Tour Report
BELHUS completed a four-match annual tour of Norfolk last week. On Monday, Belhus travelled to the hamlet of Ingham to face Norwich. The home side won comfortably following a generous Belhus declaration, induced by a rain interruption. The next day’s fixture at Vauxhall Mallards’ Halvergate venue ended in a remarkable tie, with both sides having reached 200 after forty overs. The tourist’s top order performed well, with Ryan Wells making 38, Vamshi Lingala scoring 31, 21 was crafted by Billy Winter and Michael Cansdale hit 41. Wayne Read accelerated the Belhus total still further, with a rapid undefeated contribution of 40. The scheduled Wednesday match at Mattishall was cancelled due to a weather-affected ground, but the Thursday finale was yet another thrilling match, this time Belhus edged home by one run. In the Belhus total of 231, Zak Wilson with 95 and 63 from Cansdale were the mainstays before Matthew Williams claimed the vital last wicket.
Belhus 1st 235-7
Harlow 1st 122 all out
Belhus returned to winning ways and a familiar story emerged as Joe Joyce was in the runs yet again. His match-winning contribution was 97 runs, being run-out by Harlow’s wicketkeeper Alan Jones just three short of deserved century. Joyce put on 77 for the first wicket with Matthew Doran, who was first to be dismissed with 41 runs to his name, being caught by Nathan Khelawon off the bowling of Lewis Aldred (1-47). Dannny Joyce played a supporting role with 39, though Mustanser Meraj’s 4-51 from ten overs caused some damage to the Belhus middle order. After tea, Harlow made an impressive start as Hafiz Yawar and Jones put on 59 for the first wicket with scores of 26 and 24 respectively. Thereafter, the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals as Vamshi Lingala and Doran were rampant with 4-23 and 4-19 respectively. The Harlow tail tried to wag but couldn’t; boundary catches from Billy Winter and Lingala were critical. The final nail in the Harlow coffin was inserted with Aldred was clean bowled by Doran.
Belhus 2nd 123 all out
Oakfield Parkonians 2nd 126-5
Belhus all-rounder Imran Mohammed top scored for his team with 32 batting at number eight, but only three other visiting batsmen reached double figures. They were openers George Maidment and Matthew Williams with 17 and 10 respectively, while number five Wayne Read contributed 21. For the victorious home side, Dhruv Patel made a match-winning undefeated 54 and James Foley offered good support with 39 runs. For Belhus, Mohammed completed a fine all-round performance with 3-61 and Deepak Sinha collected 2-32.
Belhus 3rd 56 all out
Hadleigh and Thundersley 3rd 59-6
Richard Straker of Hadleigh and Thundersley bowled magnificently to take six wickets for just nine runs from seven overs. It would be an understatement to say that this was not the best Belhus batting performance in recent times as only their captain, Tom Thompson, reached double figures with seventeen runs to his name. In their post-tea run-chase at Ockendon Recreation Ground, the visitors wobbled slightly as Rob Long and Alan Maidment bagged 3-33 and 3-15 respectively, but undefeated batsmen Ruben Vapiwala and Greg Hood ensured that there was no further loss. Despite this reverse, Belhus remain top of their Shepherd Neame Essex division with six matches remaining. Alan Maidment remains the division’s leading wicket taker with 28 victims to date.
Belhus 4th 110 all out
Wanstead and Snaresbrook 6th 111-2
Belhus suffered a heavy defeat at Fairlop’s London Marathon Sports Ground on Saturday. The highlight was a fine innings of 57 from debutant Ashir Saleem. The only other visiting batsman to reach double figures was number ten Peter Clark with 13 runs. Fourth change bowler Salba Rahman produced Wanstead’s stand-out bowling figures of 3-18 from 4.3 overs as he mopped up the tail. But earlier, three other bowlers had produced economical returns in favourable conditions. Matloob Piracha finished with 1-14 from eight overs (two maidens), Hassan-Ali Iqbal’s 1-18 from seven overs (one maiden) was equally restrictive and Haaris Raza chipped in with 2-26 from eight overs. After tea, Abdullah Mukhtar was trapped leg before by Saleem for 28 and Rahman was caught by Jai Chopra off the bowling of Mike Squires for 12. But Oliver Arnold saw the home side through to a comfortable eight-wicket win, aided by Dhilan Dhanjal who was 19 not out when the winning post was reached.
Zak Wilson scored his second century with a fine knock of 103 to earn the Belhus development eleven a seven-wicket win at Orsett and Thurrock on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Belhus second eleven were entertaining Old Cooperians at North Stifford. The home side emerged on top by three wickets, following an undefeated 57 from McDonald. The Belhus under eleven team played two matches this week: They lost by 28 runs to Goresbrook and won by 57 runs when they entertained Stanford le Hope.