Cricket: Belhus Thirds win promotion

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Hainault and Clayhall 4th 171 all out
Belhus 3rd 172-9

BELHUS are now guaranteed promotion from division three of the third team section following this slender one-wicket win over Hainault and Clayhall at the Jack Carter Pavilion ground on Saturday. Acting skipper led the way with an undefeated 91, despite Atif Malik’s four-wicket haul. Earlier, Ajay Mahatma struck a majestic 66 for the hosts.

Belhus 1st 164 all out
South Woodford 1st 104 all out

Belhus moved up to fifth place in the Shepherd Neame Essex League division one following this 60-run win on home soil. The old adage that catches win matches was certainly true as ten South Woodford batsmen were so dismissed, with two catches each for Matthew Doran, Vamshi Lingala, Danny Joyce and Ryan Wells. To conclude matters, Roy Heffernan held one from the bat of Michael McIlvride off the bowling of Doran (4-34). Joe Joyce also picked up four wickets, at a cost of 32 runs from eleven overs, while the impressive Danny Norris removed opener Michael Browne for just four runs to finish a nine-over spell with 1-15 which included four maidens. Earlier, Joe Joyce top scored for the home side with 76, his innings included eleven boundaries and he faced 118 deliveries. Danny Joyce contributed 25 and Ryan Wells hit a confident 40 runs before he was stumped by Jamie Carroll off the bowling of Bradley Copper (4-42). Harry Shirt also picked up four wickets for the East Londoners.

South Woodford 2nd 236 all out
Belhus 2nd 237-5

George Maidment and Jake Wolfe hit 65 and 52 respectively to earn Belhus a five-wicket victory after a substantial run chase at Highfield Road on Saturday.

Upminster 5th 156 all out
Belhus 4th 112-6

Ryan Prendergast struck a maiden half-century though his Belhus team had to settle for a draw at Ockendon Recreation Ground on Saturday. At the close of play, opening batsman Prendergast carried his bat for his undefeated 50. Upminster also had an opening batsman who was at the crease throughout his team’s innings. Jamie Squance took tea after scoring 61 not out. For Belhus, Jamie Fairweather and Cliff Cansdale collected three wickets each, while Stewart Hammond did likewise for the visitors. Fairweather completed a fine all-round performance with 29 and featured in a half-century opening stand with Prendergast.

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