Brian scores maiden half-century after 35 years of trying

PUBLISHED: 09:53 25 May 2018

Brian Hosey bowling for Belvedere.

Brian Hosey bowling for Belvedere.

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Having never scored a half-century in his 35 years of playing cricket, Brian Hosey proceeded to score two in one weekend.

Lympsham and Belvedere travelled to Watchet and having lost the toss were asked to bat first.

Openers Mike Hosey and Dave Luff batted sensibly against the new ball before Hosey was bowled for 11, soon followed by Luff for 16, before Brian Hosey and Tom Gooding took the score to 64-2 at drinks.

Having made 16, Gooding was bowled and Neil Chadwick joined Hosey and the pair built steadily, butting on a partnership of 104 before Hosey (55), who made his maiden half-century was bowled.

Taylor lasted one ball before being bowled leaving Youngs (12) and Chadwick (51) to run well between the wickets as the innings closed on 185-5.

In reply, Watchet made a positive start as Strong and Paterson attacked from the off, despite a good spell by Gooding (0-25).

The introduction of Youngs saw the scoring rate drop and a fine piece of fielding from Gooding saw Paterson run out. Having made 51, Strong drove loosely to Jennings who took a fine caught and bowled to give the visitors hope.

Despite his best efforts, Youngs (0-29) was unable to make the breakthrough needed as the batsmen rode their luck against his canny left arm spin. Froud (1-20) had Strong well caught by Taylor, but Robinson batted well as he made 71 not out to seal a seven-wicket victory with six overs to go.

Lympsham and Belvedere will look to bounce back against Broadway and Horton on Saturday knowing an improvement in every department is needed.

Man of the match went to Brian Hosey for his maiden half century having played cricket for more than 35 years.

Lympsham & Belvedere visited Portishead for their latest North Somerset League match at the Lake Grounds.

Portishead elected to bat and with the help of O’Connor (58) and Garrett (46) were dismissed for 181 off the last ball of their 40 overs.

Most successful bowlers were Sam Mccrea (3-15), Stuart Bruce (3-29) and a wicket apiece for Brendon Summers, Nil Chatterjee and Kevin Crockett.

L&B raced to 40 within the first five overs, but lost the wickets of Mccrea (6) and Mike Hosey (24) in the process.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and at 127-6 and 136-8 it looked like defeat was on the cards despite a 53-run sixth wicket partnership between Brian Hosey and Stuart Bruce (14).

At 161-9 the home side were favourites. However, Hosey (64 not out) and Paul Davis (7 not out) saw their team home in the 39th over.

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