Thurrock’s spin attack is young and still developing but again it was them who made the initial breakthrough. Steve Brooks’ left arm spin was probing and a brace of wickets, one of them Ubhi for 38, pegged back the initial momentum built by the visitors.
DESPITE solid knocks of 33 and 35 by Nick and Ben Marns, Belhus just couldn’t find enough in the tank to catch the 177 all out put down by Old Southendians.
A festival of runs for Basildon as the bottom side put Stanford to the sword.
Thurrock are getting closer and closer to victory, but the title winning form of last year, which proved the difference in games as tight as these, continues to elude them. Thurrock fell just 6 runs short of the win.
Old stagers Duncan Page and Michael Gray opened together for the first time this season and set about their task looking to get the team off to a solid start. They shared a season best opening stand of 133,
After his maiden hat trick for the 2nd XI against Woodford Green on 12th June (in which he claimed 4 wickets in 6 deliveries and career-best figures of 6 for 26) Ricki Ellis was selected for the Belhus CC 1st XI match against Old Brentwoods on 19th June.
A close game ended in defeat for Thurrock as their disappointing run continued despite again performing well with the bat.
In a superb bowling display, both Samwell and Maher demolished the stumps of Winter, Baker and Clarke Wren, whilst Norris was caught by Leslie and Maher caught the impressive Joyce off the bowling off Samwell.
With Woodford Green sitting confidently on 203 for 5, defeat was staring us in the face until Ricki Ellis (pictured) produced a magnificent spell of 4 wickets in 6 deliveries including his first ever hat trick and career-best figures of 6 for 26.
Stanford’s number 3 Alex Ellis (3) offered some steel to the innings without getting much luck or credit his resistance deserved. Skipper Martin Leslie (46) continued his rich vein of form and started to release some of the pressure with a mix of good batting and savage blows.
Leslie bashed his way to a quickfire 24 to get Stanford back on track. Greg Cohen continued his rich vein of form with the bat by putting Stanford in a winning position with a fine 24 not out.
An excellent weekend for Thurrock with Andrew Hills maiden century the highlight.
BATSMEN Paul Bennett continued his run of good form with a century against Old Southend at the North Stifford ground yesterday (sunday). In overcast and humid conditions, with the ball moving off the seam, Paul flayed the ball to all sides of the ground as the side set up a total of 295 in the alloted 40 overs.
On a very good batting track at Southchurch Park, Southend won the toss and elected to bat. Stanford’s new ball pair of Andrew Love (3/34) and the unlucky Greg Cohen (0/34) caused the Southend batsman all kinds of problems as Stanford started to dominate the game.
In the Essex Sunday League match against Benfleet on 30th May, Paul Bennett struck an outstanding 175 not out (20 fours and 5 sixes) from just 104 balls, to record the club’s third highest ever individual score.
Rain almost stops play but good wins for Thurrock Teams
Thurrock 3rds kicked off their season with a solid if not spectacular win against local competition as they ran out winners by 4 wickets on Saturday.
A stand of 89 between skipper Steve Huckstepp 26 another lbw victim to Dan Shuttleworth (1-16) and Richard Day 81 not out who was joined by Billy Winter 10 not out to take their team to victory
The club hosted Shepshed Town from Leicestershire League Division One; they had a Worcestershire county player Ghuman in their side.
Thurrock CC’s first run out under their new name proved to tread a well worn early season path. Pegasus played host for this Saturday friendly fixture and Thurrock found themselves on the wrong end of the result.
AS the football season comes to a climax the cricket season springs into life. Over at Belhus they have been having their annual spring clean in preparation for the new season. We caught up with Hon Chairman Brian Edwards to assess the coming season for Belhus in the beautiful surroundings of their North Stifford home. […]
Belhus CC celebrate a significant season at North Stifford.
Last game of the cricket season for Belhus CC.