Lympsham & Belvedere secure triumph in county cup final

PUBLISHED: 09:37 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 01 September 2017

Lympsham & Belvedere Cricket Club.

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Lympsham & Belvedere emerged winners of the Somerset Cricket Board Minor Cup with victory over Trull with just two balls remaining.

The top two from Division 4 of the Somerset Cricket League clash in the final of the Somerset Cricket Board Minor Cup competition at the County Ground, Taunton.

Cheered on by a fantastic bunch of supporters, Lympsham & Belvedere returned victorious.

Having won the toss, captain Jack Luff asked Trull to bat first. In an excellent performance, Lympsham & Belvedere restricted Trull to 133-5 from their 20 overs.

Ferns (2-24), Chadwick (2-21) and Chatterjee (1-7) took the wickets, while Hosey (0-30), McCrea (0-23) and Jack Luff (0-24) backed up the wicket-takers.

In the field, Counsell, Tuttiett, Dave Luff and Chatterjee patrolled the boundaries, saving numerous extra runs.

In reply, Parsons and Jack Luff saw off the accurate attack before Parsons fell for 18. Father and son Dave (44) and Jack Luff took the score to 94 before Dave was out and Jack soon followed for 25.

McCrea and Tuttiett (8) were at the wicket with 37 needed off the last four overs, before 19 runs came off the next over. Chadwick joined McCrea and they continued the push for victory, with 15 needed off the last two overs.

A good over saw Lympsham & Belvedere needing six from the final over. Three runs came from the first three balls, before Chadwick scored a boundary to clinch victory.

Man of the match went to Dave Luff for a brilliant batting effort under pressure.

Lympsham and Belvedere entertained struggling Kilmington and Stourton and having lost the toss were asked to bat first on a hot, sunny afternoon.

The hosts got off to a quick start as Chadwick and CJ Neate plundered 71 off the first 10 overs. The hard hitting continued as the pair put on 177 before Neate fell for a league best 63, including ten boundaries.

Chadwick went on to make 129 before falling lbw, an innings that included 20 fours and one six. The combination of McCrea and Laing ran the opposition ragged, as McCrea finished on a fine 58, whilst Laing ended on 22 not out as the innings closed on an impressive 285-5.

After tea, Ferns (1-44) bowled an impressive spell and was backed up by Froud (3-32), Chatterjee (4-42), while Crockett picked up a wicket with his first ball, as Kilminton were dismissed for 175.

In another good all-round performance, special must go to CJ Neate and McCrea for their batting efforts, while veteran bowlers Froud and Chatterjee bowled well in partnership. Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to Chadwick.

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