Belvedere crush fellow strugglers

Belvedere beat fellow strugglers Purnells to move out of the relegation zone.

BELVEDERE produced their best performance this year, despatching fellow strugglers Purnells in a convincing all-round performance.

Having lost the toss, Belvedere were asked to bat first. Chadwick and Seale put on a 50 run partnership before Chadwick was well caught at slip off Kenrick for 17. Seale and Gadd (42) continued to lay the foundations, mixing aggression and good running in a 80 run partnership.

Seale (61) scored his maiden Belvedere half century hitting 10 boundaries in a fine innings before being caught. Wickets fell in quick succession as the aggressive Gadd (42) and Crockett fell to Redwood, leaving the Belvedere innings at 132-4 with 14 overs to go.

Ashfield joined Cornish and both attacked the bowling, Ashfield smashed 42 off 25 balls including five sixes and Cornish 72 not out off 46 balls including five sixes as Belvedere finished on 267-5 at tea.

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Purnells came out attacking from ball one. After early boundaries, Hosey struck with consecutive balls having both openers caught by Taylor. Cornish (2-21) continued his fine form, backed up by Hosey (4-24) as Belvedere continued to pile on the pressure.

The introduction of Taylor (3-28) had immediate reward as Casling was caught by Ashfield. Francis and L Redwood batted well, putting on 40 before Redwood was caught by Cornish.

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Taylor finished the game bowling Kenrick leaving Francis not out 33 and Purnells all out for 113.

Belvedere’s win by 154 runs was a fantastic team performance, picking up 35 points and moving out of the relegation zone. Buildbase man of the match went to Matt Cornish.

? Belvedere Seconds hosted Frome at Priory School and captain Sam Neate won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Opening the bowling was Rob Statham (1-16) and CJ Neate (2-25), Statham bowling his typical tight spell, including five maidens. The openers were well backed up by Ben Robinson (2-24), Ross Wood (2-28) as Frome were restricted to 147-9 off 45 overs.

Chasing 148, Belvedere opener Rob Newman (9) started positively, but lost partner Mike Hosey first ball. Nathan Hancock and Sam Neate both failed with the bat, while Ben Robinson (19) held the innings together.

Adam Brueford, Jamie Loud and Rob Huish were all dismissed cheaply before youngsters CJ Neate (24 not out) and Ross Wood (6) played a mature innings between them. Rob Statham (15) played a typically aggressive innings which ended when he was bowled and Belvedere ended up short.

Buildbase man of the match went to CJ Neate.

? The A team asked Wedmore to bat first and the opening pair of Paul Davis (12-0-31-3) and Dave Fairhurst (12-6-11-1) bowled another fine spell to contain the opposition batsmen.

Jamie Britton (10.2-2-34-3) and Sam Jennings (7-2-11-1) continued the trend bowling an impressive spell. Kyle Sully had immediate success with two wickets in his only over as Wedmore’s innings ended on 123.

Belvedere’s innings got off to the worst possible start as Mike Long retired hurt. This brought Hind to the wicket and he and Sully took the score to 31 before Hind was bowled by Major.

Jon Lodge (20) then joined Sully and both proceeded to hit the ball to all parts with Sully making a well-deserved maiden 50 hitting 10 fours and a six before he was out for 63.

This left Toby Brees and Graham Wigg to see the innings home with the latter hitting the winning runs with a boundary.

Buildbase man of the match was Kyle Sully.

? Belvedere Sunday XI travelled to Staplegrove and returned home victors by four wickets.

The home side totalled 235-8 off their 40 overs with wickets shared between Neil Chadwick (2-15), CJ Neate (2-37), Brian Hosey (1-17), Sam Neate (1-20), Kyle Sully (1-24) and Dave Fairhurst (1-39).

Belvedere’s reply was dominated by Jermaine Jones and Sully (65). Jones eased to his second century of the season with an excellent 101. Mike Hosey (27 not out) and Sam Neate (12 not out) saw Belvedere home with five overs to spare.

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