Lympsham and Belvedere enjoy emphatic home victory

PUBLISHED: 15:39 16 August 2017

Tom Gooding batting for Lympsham.

Tom Gooding batting for Lympsham.

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Lympsham and Belvedere strolled to an emphatic 160-run home victory over Ilton to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Lympsham and Belvedere entertained Ilton and after a delayed start, were asked to bat first.

Parsons got the score moving quickly hitting hard down the ground, but McCrea (4) was soon out caught at short extra cover. Crockett joined Parsons and they continued to attack until Crockett (10) picked out mid-wicket who took a fine one-handed catch. Parsons made a hard-hitting 42 including eight boundaries before finding the same fielder.

Counsell joined Gooding at the crease but was undone by a slower ball and was caught at the wicket leaving Lympsham and Belvedere on 70-4. Chadwick joined Gooding and they rebuilt the innings in a sensible manner.

The pair put on a stand of 127 before Gooding top edged to the keeper for an impressive 68, including 10 boundaries. Hooper joined Chadwick and they continued to attack before Chadwick was leg before for 68.

Hooper and CJ Neate struck numerous boundaries in a quickfire partnership before Neate (17) had to retire hurt. Hooper smashed 28 before he was bowled, allowing James (5) to finish off the innings with a boundary.

Lympsham and Belvedere finished on an impressive 268-7 off their 45 overs.

In reply, Ilton’s innings was kept in check as McCrea and Crockett bowled with great accuracy. McCrea got the breakthrough having Jones superbly caught at the wicket by Hooper.

With Ilton struggling to get away from the tight bowling, Crockett produced a fine spell bowling Price and Male in quick succession. Chadwick (1-7) bowled a miserly nine over spell bowling Brunt as the pressure was building.

Crockett (2-24) had Welch well caught by Hooper and bowled Lonton first ball. Neville (1-16) bowled well removing Phillips, while Chatterjee (2-15) showed his full repertoire of deliveries.

The innings was finished by Gooding who had Hitchcock well caught by Neville to leave Ilton 108 all out.

Lympsham and Belvedere face Wellington on Saturday in a must-win game. Lympsham Concrete man of the match went jointly to Gooding and Chadwick for their match-winning partnership.

The 2nd XI visited promotion rivals Purnells and were put into bat by their hosts on a damp looking pitch.

Openers Chris Butler (35) and Jon Lodge (37) made a good start before Lodge was caught. After the run rate had slowed during the middle of the innings, skipper Brian Hosey (33) kicked into another gear with a flurry of boundaries, well supported by Tom Ferns (15 not out) to take the score to 187-8 at tea.

Purnells made a fast start in reply and looked like they could race towards the total, but Paul Davis (1-18) and Simon Pilgrim (3-15) curtailed their progress.

Despite some dropped catches, the prize wicket of opener Rodgers (60) was eventually taken thanks to a fine catch in the deep by Ferns off the bowling of Sam Jennings (2-26).

The home side lost another quick wicket by Stuart Bruce (1-26) and the target was out of reach as they finished on 160-8 from their 40 overs.

Lympsham & Belvedere remain unbeaten on top of division 8N, odds on for promotion and return home for the visit of Bridgwater Sports on Saturday.

Man of the Match sponsored by the Indian Massala in Bleadon was Jon Lodge.

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