Low-scoring thriller for Belvedere

PUBLISHED: 10:16 27 May 2011




Belvedere finish on the wrong end of a low-scoring match at Purnells.

BELVEDERE’S visit to Purnells resulted in a thrilling encounter that went down to the wire.

Having been asked to bat first, Belvedere soon lost captain Chadwick, who was caught off a chest high full toss, soon followed by Ashfield.

With the visitors in trouble, more wickets fell at regular intervals as Newman, Jones, McCrea and Taylor succumbed. Veterans Watts and Hosey began to rebuild the innings before both were caught in the outfield looking for boundaries.

Young Nathan Hancock battled well taking the score over 100, before Francis bowled out Loud and Broadhead out, leaving the total at 107.

Purnells came out in positive fashion, but Hosey’s patience was rewarded as Ashfield caught Chard at gully. Brooks and Nolan began to take the game away from the visitors and at 59-1 Purnells looked as if they were cruising to victory.

However, the introduction of Taylor and McCrea changed the game dramatically. Firstly McCrea had Nolan well caught at slip by Chadwick for 35. When Taylor had Brooks lbw, the home side became nervous.

McCrea decimated the middle order as Ridewood and C Redwood soon. Taylor continued his fine start to the season bowling D Redwood and having Francis caught by a stunning Chadwick catch at cover.

With Purnells struggling to get home, Broadhead bowled Casling, but the home side rode eventually crossed the finishing line.

Special mention must go to Jones, Watts and Hancock for battling batting performances. Buildbase man of the match was shared between McCrea and Taylor for fine bowling spells.

■ After making the long journey to Frome, Belvedere Seconds lost the toss and were asked to bat.

The new opening partnership of Kev Crockett and Sam Neate played well against the opening bowlers and put on 44 for the first wicket until Crockett went for a patient 19. Gareth Little came to the wicket and increased the tempo before he fell for 36 and Neate for 34. Wayne Hind made 15, but the familiar batting collapse occurred and the innings finished on 148-9.

The opening pair of Statham and Little bowled well without success with three catches going down to the evergreen Statham. The breakthrough came as spinner Crockett got one to nick behind to wicket keeper Huish. However, the opening pair had already put on 83.

Runs continued to flow before CJ Neate was introduced into the attack and removed Cantrell for 51. He then took a fine catch off the bowling of Fairhurst, but Frome got to their target winning by seven wickets.

Buildbase man of the match was Gareth Little.

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