Lympsham & Belvedere reach county cup final

PUBLISHED: 10:36 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:36 11 August 2017

Michael Hosey batting for Lympsham.

Michael Hosey batting for Lympsham.

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Lympsham & Belvedere reached the Somerset Minor Cup final with a four-wicket victory over Temple Cloud.

Lympsham & Belvedere reached the final of the Somerset Minor Cup with a tense four-wicket victory over Temple Cloud which went to the final over.

The home side won the toss and asked Temple Cloud to bat. Openers Head and Iles made a steady start for the visitors although were largely kept in check by Sam Mccrea and Tom Ferns (4-0-17-0). They had reached 44 in the ninth over before Jack Luff bowled Head for 23.

Lympsham & Belvedere turned the screw after the fall of the first wicket as three more wickets fell with the addition of only two more runs seeing Temple Cloud slip to 46-4 off 11.

Luff bowled Ball without scoring, Wilton was run out again without scoring and Jon Youngs bowled the dangerous Iles for 20.

Youngs bowled an excellent spell taking 2-7 off his four overs and despite brief resistance from Raisbeck (25), Temple Cloud limped to 91-9 off their 20 overs in front of a large and noisy home crowd.

Jack Luff returned to the attack to finish on 3-14 off, Sam Mccrea picked up two late wickets to finish with 2-18 and there was wicket for Mike Hosey (3-0-17-1) in an all-round excellent bowling and fielding display.

An expectant home crowd were soon quietened however when Jason Parsons left a straight one and was bowled. Dave Luff (8) and Jack Luff (6) followed to leave Lympsham & Belvedere struggling at 22-3.

Neil Chadwick (18) and Mccrea (14) worked to find some runs against some good bowling from the visitors, but when both they and Tom Gooding all fell, the home side had slipped to 61-6 off 15.

With 32 required off the last five, Mike Hosey and Jon Youngs ran quick singles to give the scoreboard some momentum, but 15 were still needed form the last two overs.

Boundaries for both settled everyone’s nerves and with just five needed from the last over, Hosey smashed the first ball for six followed by raucous celebrations.

Hosey finished on 17 not out and Lympsham Concrete man of the match Youngs on 15 not out.

Lympsham & Belvedere now look forward to the final against Trull on August 27 at the County Ground, Taunton.

In the league, Lympsham and Belvedere travelled to Wembdon and having lost the toss were asked to bat first on a blustery afternoon.

Runs from McCrea, Hosey (18), Jack Luff (91) and Dave Luff, who reached his half-century, took Lympsham to 212-3.

After the break, Chadwick (1-24), Neville (1-33), Hosey (1-15), Neate (2-26) and a couple of run outs reduced Wembdon to 176-9 at the end.

Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to Jack Luff for an impressive all-round effort.

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