Essex League: Woodford Wells beaten by Belhus

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 August 2017

Dark clouds over the ground at Woodford Wells (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dark clouds over the ground at Woodford Wells (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Woodford Wells were beaten by Belhus in their latest Essex League Division One outing at Monkhams Lane.

Put into bat, they lost former captain Joe Johnson without scoring, before Australian import Mitch McGee (40) put on 72 with Ed Buxton for the second wicket.

Buxton fell three runs short of a half-century to leave Wells 98-3, but Gareth James hit 27 off 23 balls, before captain Jonathan Gaffney smacked three sixes in his 39 off 35 balls as he shared 53 for the sixth wicket with Christopher Hall.

Wells closed on 242-8 after Hall was dismissed for 43 off 41 deliveries and he made the breakthrough with the ball in the Belhus reply.

Joe Joyce held firm for the visitors, though, and put on 131 for the fourth wicket with Ryan Wells (60) to take the visitors to 212-4.

James claimed another scalp for Wells but Belhus reached their target with five wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare as Joyce finished unbeaten on 114 from 133 balls, having hit 15 fours.

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