Positive start for Lympsham and Belvedere

PUBLISHED: 09:30 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 11 May 2018

Neil Chadwick

Neil Chadwick


Lympsham & Belvedere made a positive start to the new season with a comfortable victory over Wembdon seconds.

Lympsham and Belvedere made the short trip to Wembdon to play their second team and having won the toss, new captain Jack Luff decided to bowl first.

The Wembdon opening pair made a positive start putting on 54 in 10 overs before CJ Neate bowled Jenkins (10). The introduction of Youngs had an immediate effect as he had the dangerous Lott (30) well caught at mid-off by Hooper.

The bowling combination of Youngs and Taylor reduced the run rate and helped build pressure leading to the accurate Youngs (1-21) bowling Hurford. Taylor (1-34) soon struck removing Watts as he overcame his early no ball problems to bowl a fine spell.

Curd and Anning played in a steady manner taking the score to 146-5 before the spin of Luff saw off Curd (39) caught by CJ Neate.

Neville (3-22) soon got into his stride, while Luff returned figures of 3-46 including Anning for (37) as Wemdon finished on 184 all out.

In reply, veterans Dave Luff and Neil Chadwick made a solid start and the scoring rate started to accelerate as both started to find the boundary. Luff departed for 20 having put on 55 for the first wicket.

Jack Luff came to the crease and looked in fine form as he made a quickfire 33 before chopping on to a ball that kept low. Chadwick continued to bat sensibly alongside Gooding seeing off the main bowlers.

The pair put on a match-winning partnership of 79 to ease to victory with two overs remaining as Gooding (35) and N Chadwick (77) finished not out.

The Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to Chadwick.

Lympsham & Belvedere 2nd XI welcomed Purnells as visitors for the first game of the season.

After winning the toss, Purnells chose to put the home side in to bat and openers Crockett and Hosey took their time, before Hosey was unfortunate to be bowled by one that kept low.

Crockett pushed ahead with a fine 45, supported well by Nathan Hancock (33) before skipper Bruce (21), Lodge (15) and Chatterjee (19) brought Lympsham & Belvedere tantalisingly close to the target of 200, finishing on 194.

After tea, the visitors made a slow start, scoring just 22 of the opening seven overs, but with all wickets intact.

Nil Chatterjee trapped both openers in the next over and when Nathan Hancock ran out Rudd in the ninth over, the tide had turned. Further wickets fell at regular intervals and Purnells were eventually dismissed for 64 off 26 overs with Chatterjee the pick of the bowlers finishing on 3-25.

Man of the match sponsored by the Indian Massala Restaurant in Bleadon was shared between Kevin Crockett and Nil Chatterjee.

Lympsham & Belvedere entertained Kilmersdon in their opening NSL fixture and new skipper Kevin Crockett elected to bat.

The home side amassed 230-8 off their 40 overs with Crockett leading the way with 51 and receiving good support from Callum Neate (36), Tom Cates (32), Rich Drew (27), Brian Hosey (21 not out), Mike Hosey (20) and Rod Simpson (15).

Kilmersdon`s response was built around an unbeaten 105 from Steve Jackson, but only two of his colleagues reached double figures as they were dismissed for 173.

Sam Jennings returned fine figures of 5-21 off seven, clean bowling all his victims and was well supported by Brendan Summers with 2-13 off eight and Crockett 2-58.

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