Belvedere go top after latest victory

PUBLISHED: 09:12 31 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 31 July 2015

Cricket  Belvederev Butleigh, Nilanjan Chatterjee.

Cricket Belvederev Butleigh, Nilanjan Chatterjee.

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Belvedere secured top spot in their division after their victory over Lydford.

BELVEDERE returned from Lydford triumphant with a 63-run victory and secured top spot in their division with four games to go.

Batting first, Belvedere lost Mike Hosey (16) with the score on 38 in the 10th over. Kev Crockett and Neil Chadwick took the score to 117 before Crockett fell for a well-crafted 66.

Sam McCrea joined Chadwick and the tempo immediately increased, the pair adding 71 in just seven overs before Chadwick fell for an excellent 66 with the score on 201.

McCrea cut loose and brought up his third half-century in a row before he was bowled for an outstanding 60 to help his side to 244-7.

In response, Lydford had no answer to McCrea’s opening burst, when he took three wickets in his first three overs to reduce the home side to 98-3.

Lydford fought hard and took the score to 146-4 before Nil Chatterjee ripped through the lower order to bowl out the hosts for 181.

Chatterjee finished with 4-33, McCrea 3-26, Crockett 2-27 and Davis 1-46 as Belvedere secured a maximum 35 points.

Sam McCrea was named Allstars Sports Bar man of the match for his 60, three wickets and three catches.

THE seconds enjoyed an exciting four-run victory over Bridgwater Sports at Priory School.

Batting first, Belvedere were all out for 115 with just nine men, with Lodge (16), Jennings (13), Platts (25) and Robinson (20) the main contributors.

Facing 10 overs before tea, Bridgwater were reduced to 36-3 with two wickets for Ham and an excellent run out by Platts.

After the break, Jennings picked up a wicket in the first over and Ham continued to tear through Bridgwater’s line-up, reducing them to 69-7 after 24 overs.

With the stubborn B Winter (60 not out) and P Winter batting well, it was looking promising for Bridgwater as they reached 104 in the 32nd over, needing just 12 to win.

But in the 33rd over, Lodge (7-0-10-3) finally broke through, bowling P Winter for 13, leaving Bridgwater on 107-9, before Lodge took the final wicket to complete an enthralling victory.

Ham (12-0-33-5) was the Allstars Bar man of the match. A special mention also goes to John Lodge for all his time and effort he has put into playing for Belvedere over the last few years. After a hard decision, he has decided to retire from cricket for now.

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