Lympsham and Belvedere secure promotion with victory over closest rivals

PUBLISHED: 09:09 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 25 August 2017

Jack Luff batting for Lympsham.

Jack Luff batting for Lympsham.

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Lympsham and Belvedere gained promotion with a comprehensive victory over nearest rivals Wellington.

Lympsham and Belvedere secured promotion to Division 3 with this big victory against their nearest rivals, Wellington 2nd XI.

Having lost the toss, Lympsham and Belvedere were asked to bat first. Brian Hosey and Dave Luff survived the accurate bowling of the Wellington seamers, reaching 33 in the 10th over before Hosey was caught for nine.

Jack Luff joined his father Dave in putting together a crucial partnership of 114 as they ran well between the wickets, before Dave was caught for 41.

Jack Luff scored 69 before he was bowled by Adams with the score on 148. Sam McCrea and Tom Gooding continued to push for runs, before Gooding was bowled by Adams for 20.

Neil Chadwick (4) fell looking to hit out, leaving CJ Neate (6) and McCrea (34) help Lympsham and Belvedere to 222-5 from their allotted 45 overs.

In reply, Lympsham and Belvedere struck early as McCrea caught Salter off the bowling of Jules Froud (1-9). McCrea (4-12) rattled through the Wellington top order to leave Wellington on 9-4.

McCrea bowled Campbell, before Davis (4-3) entered the attack and was soon in the wickets bowling Fyfe and Burrough. Crout showed some resistance for Wellington before top edging a catch to Hosey off the bowling of Davis to leave Wellington 22-8. Davis struck again before Jack Neville (1-3) sealed victory and promotion, to leave Wellington all out for 27 and Lympsham and Belvedere victorious by 195 runs.

Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to McCrea for a great performance with both bat and ball. Special mention must go to Jack and Dave Luff for their excellent batting performances, while Davis rolled back the years with a vintage bowling performance.

Lympsham & Belvedere 2nd XI 215-6

Bridgwater Sports 157-4

The 2nd XI confirmed their promotion from division 8N, continuing their unbeaten season with victory over Bridgwater Sports.

With the visitors again fielding reduced numbers, the home side batted first. Chris Butler (59 not out) played a determined innings to thwart the Bridgwater bowlers, as he steadied the ship with the help of Rich Drew (22) and Joe Statham (23).

With the score on 151-6, skipper Stuart Bruce (39 not out) came to the crease and together with Butler, put on 65 runs in just six overs with a string of boundaries to reach 215-6 at tea.

In reply, Bridgwater lost their opening batsman in the first over thanks to Jon Lodge (1-16), but frustrated the home bowlers until the ninth over when Bruce (1-8) picked up the second wicket.

The visitors remained steadfast until the 33rd over when Nil Chatterjee (2-22) broke the partnership with two quick wickets and the innings closed on 157-4.

Man of the match sponsored by the Indian Massala in Bleadon was Chris Butler.

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