Belhus 1st 203-9 dec
Billericay 1st 206-5
BELHUS faced Essex first teamer Paul Walter at North Stifford on Saturday but it was off-break bowler Ross Poulton who spun the home side to a five-wicket win. Poulton bagged six wickets for 57 runs from a sixteen over spell. The Stifford villagers lost Joe Joyce with only ten runs on the board when he was caught by Mark Harmer off the bowling of Adam Marchant for a solitary boundary, but opening colleague Matthew Doran stayed a while and mustered a 95-run partnership with Danny Joyce. Doran was eventually run out by Walter for 58 having struck seven boundaries from 85 balls faced, while Danny Joyce’s 69 came from 124 balls and included five fours.
Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals as Poulton dismissed Ryan Wells, Vamshi Lingala, Martin Guilbert, Billy Winter, Danny Norris and Bradley Mason. Winter scored 12 while Norris and Mason contributed 22 and 23 respectively.
In the post-tea session, after the early dismissal opener Paul Martin for a duck, caught by Joe Joyce off the bowling of Norris (1-32), led the way for some solid Billericay batting. Aaron Curtis hit 48 while Walter struck 53 which included seven fours and two sixes. Number four bat David Houghton contributed 30 runs then Poulton showed his liking of the Belhus facility with an impressive 33 runs from 41 balls. It was game over for Belhus and a deserving win for the visitors. Doran picked up 3-71 and Guilbert claimed 1-15 from four overs.
Meanwhile, in a reciprocal second eleven match at Billericay’s Blunts Wall Road ground, Belhus crashed to an eight-wicket defeat. The visitors were dismissed for just 130 after 36 overs, with the hosts responding with 134 for the loss of two wickets in 28.3 overs.
Belhus 3rd 187-9 dec
Fives and Heronians 3rd 93 all out
Fourteen year old Joshua Clarke helped himself to his second century of the season at Ockendon Recreation Ground. Clarke smashed two sixes and seven fours in a superb knock of 101. Yet, astonishingly, only two other batsmen reached double figures, being Adam Dudmish with 13 and 18 from Liam Waters.
The visitors’ opening bowler Abbas Mirza bagged 6-37 from 14 overs, which included one maiden. Neil Saunders returned 2-28 which included the valuable wicket of Clarke. After tea, Heronians failed to make any significant impact as Rob Long and Alan Maidment made big inroads. Long, bowling first change, bagged 4-13 from 12.5 overs and Maidment’s 3-28 from 13 overs (two maidens) was equally effective.
Belhus 4th 168-9 dec
Fives and Heronians 4th 169-7
Suraj Thapa returned his best bowling figures for Belhus to date with an impressive six-wicket haul for 52 runs from 14 overs across two spells. Yet even this achievement was not enough to stop his team from sliding to a slender three-wicket defeat as the home side edged home with just eleven balls to spare. Rhys Goulden picked up the other wicket when the hard-hitting Jaigurdeep Sidhu was brilliantly caught by Ryan Prendergast for 38. Veteran home captain Chris Rotsey then steered his team to the win with an undefeated 25. Earlier, father and son Richard and Ewan Day contributed 32 and 38 respectively, despite Narinder Singh’s 4-35 and two wickets apiece for Uriel Duncan and Mohammed Yaseen.