Lympsham & Belvedere beat the rain to record victory

PUBLISHED: 09:26 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 03 August 2018

Mike Hosey bowling for Lympsham & Belvedere.

Mike Hosey bowling for Lympsham & Belvedere.

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Lympsham & Belvedere beat the rain at Broadway & Horton to record a fine victory.s

Lympsham & Belvedere made the trip down the M5 to Broadway & Horton on what had the potential to be the first weather effected game this year.

L&B won the toss and elected to field in the overcast conditions. Opening bowlers Sam McCrea and Lympsham Concrete man of the match Andy Taylor (9-6-10-4) both struck early removing Larkman to a smart catch in the slips from Mike Hosey and Taylor having Cook caught behind by Gooding.

The wickets continued to tumble with McCrea and Taylor reducing Broadway & Horton to 8-5 in the 12th over. McCrea finished with figures of 9-3-32-2 which were slightly ruined by the counter attack of Mason (16) and Laton (36) before the latter was removed by Jack Neville (6-2-27-1) by an excellent catch by Rich Ford on the boundary.

Jack Luff mopped up the tail finishing with figures of 2.2-0-12-3. Broadway & Horton must be commended for managing to recover to 120 all out.

With the first innings over early, L&B went out to bat for eight overs before tea. Openers Hosey and McCrea pushed the scoring rate early to try and avoid the inevitable rain. McCrea was removed before the tea interval by Mason for a quick fire 31.

A mini collapse saw Luff (1) and Gooding (0) were removed before tea to reduce L&B to 48-3 from eight overs.

Then the rain came, L&B lost 16 overs from their innings and were left to bat on a wet. Hosey was removed soon after the rain break for 27 before Neil Chadwick (34 not out) and Nathan Hancock (23 not out) scored quickly to wrap the game up as the rain began to fall again.

L&B finished victorious on 124-4 with 8.4 overs to spare and just after finishing, the heavens opened and would certainly have made the game unplayable.

L&B took max points from the game and have, barring disaster, secured their place in Division 3 for next season.

Frome 3rd XI 216-8

L&B 2nd XI 105

On a blustery afternoon, the seconds welcomed Frome and with the visitors winning the toss and electing to bat.

The home side were off to a positive start when Kevin Crockett (1-24) took a wicket in the third over and with his partner falling to a fine catch from Brian Hosey off the bowling of Stuart Bruce (2-24), the signs looked good, but fielding errors allowed far too many runs to leak through and Frome reached 100 before the drinks interval.

Bruce struck again before Rod Simpson (1-40), Sam Jennings (2-15) and Sam Neate (2-36) continued to take wickets, as Frome closed their innings on 216-8 at tea.

After the break, the tall Frome opening bowler Ethan Cox (3-18) ripped through the L&B top order with Crockett, Drew and Grandfield all clean bowled for single figures.

Only man of the match Sam Neate (34) showed any real resistance, but the total always looked out of sight as wickets continued to fall and there were long faces when last man Jennings went for a duck with the score on 105.

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