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Peg dig deep to win thriller
1:25pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
PEGASUS & Corringham skipper Paul Bennett paid tribute to his team after they edged to a three-run victory over Westcliff in division three of the Shepherd Neame Essex League.
Paul Bennett (71) and Danny Freeman (37) put on 116 for the first wicket for Pegs while Robert Hutcherson (28no) and Chris Baker (33) boosted the middle order.
The hosts, who moved up to sixth in the table with the win, posted 231-7 from their 50 overs.
Westcliff’s top order made inroads into the total, but Hutcherson (3-18), Baker (2-32) and Danny Crow (2-59) got among the wickets to help bowl the visitors out for 228.
“It was a fantastic game and everyone chipped in for us with the bat,” said Bennett.
“Westcliff were always scoring the runs but we were taking crucial wickets at the right time.
“Ian Turnbull and Harry Morgan-James bowled out of their skins, bowling 20 overs for 60 runs, and Chris, Rob, Danny and I all chipped in.”
A mammoth first innings score of 341-4 was not enough for Belhus to beat Southend & EMT in division two.
Joe Joyce made a magnificent 154, striking up partnerships with fellow opener Martin Guilbert (72) and later Danny Joyce (81) as Belhus posted their seemingly insurmountable total.
But hosts Southend had other ideas and led by their opener Numan Khan (144) they made it home in the final over of the day’s play to leave Belhus kicking themselves.
Connor Day was the pick of the Belhus bowlers, claiming figures of 3-57 off his 10 overs.
The victory also put Southend in first place after Horndon on the Hill suffered a 15-run defeat at Gidea Park & Romford.
Gidea Park were put into bat after losing the toss and scored 277-6.
Jeff West was the pick of Horndon’s bowlers, taking 3-52 but his side were then dismissed for 262.
Opener Connor Hammond top-scored with 69, while Usman Jan scored 43 and West 41 but it was not enough to stop Horndon suffering a defeat which pushed them down to third in the table.
And they will now be desperate to bounce back in a mouth-watering clash against Southend on Saturday.
Hutton sit second after beating bottom-of-the-table Stanford le Hope by two wickets.
Stanford were bowled out for 141 with Matthew Higgins leading the way with 33 not out.
But Hutton then made it home for the loss of eight wickets, despite the best efforts of Gary Sanderson, who took 3-25.
In the Premier League, Orsett lost by 66 runs to Harlow on Saturday.
After winning the toss and inserting Harlow, Orsett restricted their opponents to 226 for eight with Gaurav Bhandari the pick of their bowlers (3-38).
Despite openers Ryan Plom (37) and Philip Keeping (25) getting starts, neither could go on to a big score, something that was reflected right down the order as they ended up being bowled out for 160.