Belhus youngsters lift trophy

Hadleigh and Thundersley U13 117-8 Belhus U13 118-9

BELHUS achieved successive U13 South Essex league final victories at Southend’s Garon Park as they overcame Hadleigh and Thundersley. 

The winning margin was by just one wicket in a tense finish.  

Belhus lost the toss and were invited to field.  Kyle Hewson and Tyler Robertson were tidy for Belhus as they started well and when Lucas Barnett removed Vapiwala for 13, Belhus were well placed with Hadleigh stuttering at 20-1 from six overs.  

But Luke Whitbourn counter attacked making a fine 28 before retiring.  Charlotte Waters and Owen Williams took a wicket apiece then Oliver Plunkett removed the dangerous Maddocks for 14.  Matt Huggins made a vital 28 not out for the Castle Point side but Henry Overy swung the match in the last over of the innings taking a fine hat trick as he had Young caught through a great diving catch by Lewis Blake and then bowling Khoker and Tierney – ending up with 3 for 15. There were also catches for Williams and Sammy Fairweather.

So 118 to win for Belhus. They started well as both openers Blake (28) and Overy (31 not out) were compulsorily retired.  Plunkett made an important 19 but wickets started to fall as Belhus frantically tried to keep up with the run rate.  Nerves started to shred as Whitbourn (1-5) and Young (1-10) put the pressure on.  

Hewson backed up and stole some important leg byes and byes to keep Belhus in the hunt before being run out.   So Belhus reached the final over needing four to win with three wickets in hand.  Baryar (4-13) stepped up for Hadleigh bowling Barnett and the returning Blake with the first two balls of the over. 

Enter the returning captain Overy.  With one wicket remaining he showed nerves of steel to cut the next delivery through backward point to send Belhus to victory with just three balls to spare.  A great game keenly contested and a credit to South Essex youth cricket.