IT would not have been possible to watch a better game of 50 over cricket than the one contested by these two sides at the village green in North Stifford. The visitors won the toss and decided to make use of the excellent batting conditions. A 124 run partnership between opener Matthew Tarr and no 3 batsmen Alan Croft ensured that their total would be a defendable one.. Tarr made 42 whilst Croft went on to complete an excellent 127 from 118 balls. Connor Day and Daniel Dreher were the pick of the home bowlers. Day taking 3 for 63 in his ten over spell and Dreher 2 for 43.
HOME side Harold Wood won the toss and opted to bat first and immediately took advantage off the flat track. Openers Glen Wooding, 77 not out and N Sohail (60) both reaching half centuries as well as a useful 48 from C Bennett to bolster the total. Stanford bowlers were made to toil with Ben Tarten, Neil Fuller and Jack Carter taking a wicket a piece before Wood skipper Luke Hammett called his men in with the score on 238.
IN reply, Thurrock were in a spot of bother at 36-3, but Laird (43*) and Ross Fullbrook (36) came together and put on an excellent partnership of 75 for the fourth wicket to take the score to 111. The runs were quickly seen off with plenty of time to spare.
Thurrock are now joint third in the Premier Division with five games of the season remaining.
STANFORD-le-Hope managed to cling on for a draw in this nail-biting local derby with Belhus at North Stifford. Stanford skipper Drew Robinson won the toss and inserted the home side on a green tinged wicket. It proved a wise decision as the Belhus batsman struggled against the new ball. Fourth team captain Andy Freeman, drafted in late because of a shortage of availability, immediately made an impact and was ably supported by Ben Tarten who picked up 2-50 off his 13 overs.
THURROCK won a thrilling match at home to Little Baddow by 11 runs. The hosts batted first on a humid day at Blackshots and gained two batting points in their total of 178. Number nine Clarke Wren came to the crease and smashed his way to a crucial 39 which included three maximums. Ross Fullbrook (28) Umaad Sultan (26) and Matt Hills (22) also added some valuable runs.
BELHUS won the toss and elected to bat first on a sweltering afternoon in North Stifford. The wicket offered significant assistance to the fives bowlers during the first hour of play and the home side made a steady but sedate start to their innings. However wickets soon began to fall at regular intervals and none of the Belhus batters could impose themselves on the game.
STANFORD played host to West Essex this week and despite a creditable batting performance were left to rue a string of dropped catches as the visitors blasted their way to a seven wicket victory.
AFTER winning a crucial toss, skipper Drew Robinson invited Leigh to have a bat on a damp wicket after the recent heavy rains leading up to the game the previous week. The decision proved to be a good one as they reduced Leigh to 2 for 2 off the first 5 overs. Leigh eventually recovered to set a modest target of 162-8 off their allotted 52 overs thanks mainly to Al Lawrence (29) and Joshal Patel (37). Stanford’s bowlers were able to keep things generally tight and wickets were shared around with Adam Knight (3-36) Jack Carter (2-36) and Greg Cohen (2-68) bowling well in a staggering 26 over spell.
THE visitors batted first but were bowled out for only 132 from 38 overs. Top scorer Daniel Laird (39) and Danny Crow (22) were the only batsman to score anything of note. High Roding bowled very well as a unit as Travis Hussain bowled an excellent 4-33 from his 12 over spell while Mel Hussain picked up two wickets from nine overs and conceding only 10 runs.
THURROCK ended their recent poor form with a thrilling three wicket win at home to Great Baddow. The visitors batted first and thanks to some good middle order hitting, posted a competitive total of 228 from their 45 overs. Clarke Wren excelled once again with the ball for Thurrock this season, picking up 4-50 from 12 overs.
RHIANNAN Jefferies top scored for Belhus Ladies with an impressive 13 not out against their illustrious guests in this T20 encounter at North Stifford. Though as expected, the intermediate county development eleven powered their way to an unassailable total, largely due to a strong opening start by Sophie Tudor and Grace Oswald, both retired having scored 25 runs apiece. This led the way for Kaz Ravalia to plunder 28 not out from just eight scoring shots, hitting five fours and one huge six over mid-wicket. The most economical Belhus bowlers were Jefferies, Sarah Fergey and Charlotte Hughes, who conceded just seven, three and twelve runs respectively from their two overs.
STANFORD successfully chased down a target of 200 to earn a vital third victory of the season against Ardleigh Green. After opting to bat first the visitors got off to a positive start with the top three batsman all getting starts. However, it was skipper Cason who made the biggest contribution of Ardleigh Green’s innings with 85 not out.
BOWLERS dominated this encounter after table topping Billericay won the toss and inserted Stanford-le-Hope. A half century from Jordan Dodd was the highlight of Stanford’s innings as they were restricted to 129 off their 52 overs by some skilful bowling. Jack Granby picking up 4-31 off 14 overs, Rob Rayner 3-27 off 12 overs and John Walter, 2-42 off 18 overs.
THURROCK lost their fourth Premier Division game in a row by two wickets at home to Bentley. The hosts won the toss and batted first but could only post 149 from a rain-reduced 40 overs. The batting from Thurrock has been below-par in recent weeks and unfortunately on Saturday this was no different. There were no scores of over 50, but there were some good contributions from Umar Ayub (31), Daniel Laird (34) and captain Nick Henry (38), but there were no other significant scores to speak of.
THIS top of the table clash was played out on a damp afternoon at Harrow Lodge Park. Winning the toss and electing to bat first Hornchurch’s Jamie Sorrell ( 69) and Chris Sains (63) were the chief architects of a well-constructed first innings total of 288 for 8. The wily leg spin of Belhus’ Daniel Dreher provided enough problems for the home side to earn him four wickets for 61 runs in his ten over spell. Hornchurch were given significant assistance in the form of an astonishing 46 wides that were sent down by the Belhus attack.
THURROCK lost their third game in a row, losing by 6 wickets away at Old Chelmsfordians. After the winning the toss and batting first, a combination of an indifferent pitch and poor batting contributed to a score of just 134 all out.
AN opening stand of 110 from Jordan Dodd (52) and Alex Ellis (47) wasn’t quite enough to kickstart a run chase and secure Stanford a second victory of the season. A hard fought draw against Gidea Park and Romford was all Stanford could muster after the home side amassed 270, Russell Collard (81) and Phil Walker (79) the main contributors with the bat.
STANFORD were beaten by a strong Hutton side despite making their highest total of the season so far.
Hutton put the home side into bat and took an early wicket but opener Alex Ellis (50) and number three batsman, Mark Knight (20), managed to set a platform for some fluent stroke play by Sachin Sewgobind (59). A late flourish from the tail, got the total to 194, just six runs short of securing full batting points.
A LAST-wicket 71-run partnership by Matt Hills and Umaad Sultan was all in vain as Thurrock narrowly lost to Hatfield Peverel by 35 runs. The home side batted first and were looking in a good position for a total of over 200 with the score on 121-4, but collapsed and were bowled out for 187. Danny McIntyre made 61 from 70 balls while Clarke Wren picked up 4-47 for the visitors.
BATTING first on an overcast afternoon Belhus 1’s accumulated a competitive fifty over total of 226 for 8. The backbone of the innings once again came from the remarkably consistent Joe Joyce (49 ) . Joyce was ably supported by brother Danny 31 ) and wicketkeeper Michael Fogg ( 33 ).The Orsett batters however could not have been prepared for the tempest that was to follow as Dan Norris produced career best bowling figures of 7 wickets for just 30 runs. Steam rolling Belhus to a resounding 89 run victory and taking them to second place in division 2 of the SNEL.
ON a good pitch, the visitors batted first and smashed a huge total of 290 for the loss of just two wickets. Opener James Latimer-Jones made a fine 81 and Manpreet Singh hit an incredible 91 not out from just 48 balls containing five big sixes.
A WELL balanced Belhus bowling attack restricted the visiting team to a respectable but achievable first innings score of 192. Paceman Matt Lewis Junior and Spinner Dan Dreher captured three wickets each on a wicket which generally favours batsmen. The Horndon bowlers produced an equally spirited response however in restricting Belhus to 166 for 9 in their reply. This was despite a fine century from Belhus run machine Joe Joyce ( 102 not out ). The home side would be disappointed that Joyce could not find the support needed to get them over the finish line.
AN outstanding 100 not out from Daniel Laird helped the visitors post 226 from their 45 overs. Laird’s fine innings only came from 105 balls and contained 11 fours and one six. Laird was watchful to start with as his 50 came off 72 balls but he accelerated towards the end and reached his century only 33 balls later. Nick Henry also chipped in with some valuable runs with a patient 51 from 72 deliveries. J Grant was by far the best bowler for the hosts, picking up 5-47 from his 12 overs.
THE home side immediately struggled to make runs with only Omar Afzal (59) getting to grips with conditions. Bowlers Matt Higgins (3-47 off 18 overs) and Greg Cohen (5-78 off 23 overs) took wickets at regular intervals and if it wasn’t for cameos by Ahmed (18) and Aslam (19) West Essex would have struggled to make a competitive total.