BELHUS Cricket Club reached the final of the Dukes League Cup for the first time with a six-wicket win over premier division Southend-on-Sea & EMT at Southchurch Park on Sunday. They will now meet Chingford or Wanstead & Snaresbrook in the final on Bank Holiday Monday. Full match report below.
Southend-on-Sea & EMT 1st 229-7
Belhus 1st 231-4
Belhus sensationally conquered Shepherd Neame premier division members Southend on Sunday afternoon in the Dukes League Cup semi-final. The travelling North Stifford-based cricketers showed their resilience as the first seven home batsmen all made significant contributions at Southchurch Park. Tom Phillipe had top scored for Southend with 54 and Numan Khan, opening the batting, posted 47 runs. But Belhus captain Danny Joyce kept his nerve and led his team to a six-wicket win with an undefeated score of 91. Supporting Danny Joyce was younger brother Joe with 47, while Roy Heffernan mader 27, Ryan Wells produced 37 runs while Martin Guilbert was at the crease with Danny Joyce when the target was reached, Guilbert finishing on 12 not out.
Earlier, the home side’s Oliver Wagstaff scored 19, Harry Ridgewell made 24, captain Joe Robbins struck 27, while Sam Rowe weighed in with an undefeated 23. Alex Karkoski added 15 but Robbins, Karkoski and Wayne Spear became victims of Belhus opening bowler Danny Norris, whose three scalps came at a cost of 43 runs from ten overs (one maiden). Vamshi Lingala provided valuable support with 2-48, also from ten overs. Guilbert and Matthew Doran picked up one wicket each. For Southend, Karkoski, Robbins, Ridgewell and Wagstaff picked up a wicket each, but were unable to stem the Belhus victory charge.
Danny Joyce reached 1,000 runs for the season with his match-winning innings and no doubt he, along with the rest of the Belhus membership, will be looking forward to Bank holiday Monday when the Essex final is staged.
Woodford Wells 1st 242-8
Belhus 1st 244-5
Joe Joyce struck his fifth century of the season to earn Belhus a five-wicket win over Woodford Wells at Monkhams Lane on Saturday. The younger of the Joyce brothers struck 15 boundaries and faced 133 deliveries in an outstanding innings of 114 not out. Ryan Wells added 60 from 74 balls faced in a knock which included six fours and one maximum as Belhus reached their target with sixteen balls remaining. Earlier, Vamshi Lingala and Joe Joyce picked up two wickets each, through three home batsmen reached scores of more than forty runs, being Ed Buxton, Mitch McGee and Christopher Hall with 47, 40 and 43 respectively. Joe Joyce is now the leading run scorer in the Shepherd Neame League this season (all divisions).
Belhus 2nd 216-4
Walthamstow 2nd 204 all out
Belhus opener Mark Sansom struck a match-winning 91 and he put on 88 for the first wicket with George Maidment (36) at North Stifford on Saturday. Jake Wolfe hit 29 while Wayne Read finished on 20 not out. Secoind change Walthamstow bowler Younnis picked up two wickets, one being George Maidment, the other being the scalp of Belhus captain John Lewis for just six runs. Ahmed and Shaikh shared the remaining two Belhus wickets to fall. Shaikh continued his good work after tea with 46 runs, then number seven Ali put the result in doubt with a firmly struck 48. But when Moffat (15 runs) was caught on the boundary by Zak Wilson and skipper Lewis held on from a lofted drive by Ali which seemed as though the ball had rounded the International Space Station, the writing was on the wall for the visitors. The East London threat came to an end when Sansom rounded off a fine afetrnoon’s work with a comfortable stumping off the bowling of Braydon Scarlett (2-49). Deepak Sinha was the most successful home bowler with 3-25 from nine overs, while there was one wicket apiece from Jack Martin-Hussey, Matthew Williams, Billy Maidment and Wilson.
Belhus 3rd 253 all out
Harold Wood 4th 221-7
Belhus made a strong start to their Shepherd Neame Essex League match at Harold Wood on Saturday as openers Richard Waters and Keith Dhannie plundered 87 and 42 runs respectively. Later, number six batsman Adam Dudmish struck 45 runs until he was run out by Wood’s Sean Boswell. The home side may not have been bowled out, but it mattered little in this 45-overs-per-side match. Four home players reached scores in the thirties; Justin Palfreyman and Bilal Mohammed both made 37, while Darren Ellis and Michael Rowe hit 35 and 31 runs. These two were also the backbone of the Harold Wood bowling attack as Rowe’s 2-29 and Ellis’s 3-85 helped stem the flow of Belhus runs to a degree. Ashir Saleem, promoted to the third team following an impressive fourth eleven debut last week, picked up 2-40 from nine overs (two maidens). Sam Hall also returned two wickets, while there was one apiece for Alan Maidment, Sam George and Dhannie.
Belhus 4th 158 all out
Buckhurst Hill 4th 159-3
John Wilson struck a career-best 93 runs and debutant spin bowler Ethan Barnett picked up all three Buckhurst Hill wickets to fall. Despite these two encouraging performances, Belhus were an inevitable second best as they struggled in worsening light and weather conditions, while the visitors to Ockendon Rec enjoyed much drier conditions and bright sunshine throughout much of their innings.
Belhus 2nd 226-8
Old Falopians 159 all out
Wayne Read struck a masterful 75 runs and in so doing reached 1,000 runs for the season. Earlier, Zak Wilson and Jack Thomas contributed 36 and 38 respectively, while Liam Waters hit 14 and Adam Dudmish was undefeated on 15. After the break, Bilal crashed 66 runs until he was caught off the part-time bowling of Mike Randall who finished with 2-10 from four overs, Dudmish and Joshua Clarke also picked up two wickets while Rhys Goulden bagged 1-34 from 6.3 overs.
Goresbrook U11 278-5
Belhus U11 282-6
Belhus edged to a four-run win over Dagenham-based Goresbrook at North Stifford on Friday evening. This ten-a-side pairs fixture saw visiting brothers Andre and Phillip Thoufick make undefeated contributions of 23 and 12 respectively, despite an early setback when opener Charlie Collins was bowled by Charlotte Waters with the first ball of the match. Waters went on to concede just two runs from two overs which included one maiden. Goresbrook recovered in the face of further good bowling performances from Zoran Suneel, 1-18 from three overs, while Ryan Sims claimed two wickets for just nine runs from three overs (one maiden). After the break, Callum Constantine scored ten runs for Belhus while Robert Healy weighed in with 14 runs as Andre Thoufick, Liam Elsom and Albie Smith picked up one wicket each as they supported Phillip Thoufick who picked up 2-12 from three overs for the visitors.