Belvedere fall short as Neil hits a century

Neil Chadwick

Neil Chadwick - Credit: Archant

Neil Chadwick hit a century for Belvedere, but his side fell 41 runs short of their target.

BELVEDERE slipped to a 40-run defeat at Peasedown St John in their latest league match, gaining 18 points.

The home team batted first and took advantage of some early wayward bowling to race to 70 off the first 14 overs before Kevin Crockett was introduced into the attack, gaining success in his second over having Tucker caught by Sam Neate.

Nil Chatterjee was also successful in his second over, having Mitchell well taken behind by Rob Huish.

Despite Crockett’s best efforts to reduce the run rate in an excellent 12-over spell (3-38), the home side found runs easier at the other end as Tucker eventually fell for 98, dismissed by Callum Neate.

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A late charge by Swift (33 not out) set Belvedere a challenging 242 for victory.

Neil Chadwick weighed in with three quick wickets (3-44) and there was a wicket apiece for Neate and Chatterjee.

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In response, the home side bowled an excellent line and length with few scoring opportunities, which saw the early dismissals of Crockett and Pete Hooper.

Mike Hosey became the third wicket to fall with the score on 38 as the reply faltered, and despite a fluent 20 from Sam Neate, Belvedere were in trouble at 66-4 after 25 overs.

Chadwick and Callum Neate set about rebuilding the innings and played with caution to see their side to 111-4 off 35. Chadwick then launched an assault on the bowling as he and Neate added a further 84 runs in the next eight overs before Neate fell for an excellent 38.

All Stars man of the match Chadwick reached a deserved century and ended up unbeaten on 110 as Belvedere ended on 201-6.

THE seconds lost to Lympsham by 33 runs in a local derby at Priory.

Lympsham won the toss and decided to bat first on a slow wicket. They scored freely and took the opening wicket partnership to 105-0 at drinks.

Captain Lodge bought on Jefferies and Cates to bowl and both finished with three wickets apiece. Three more wickets were shared between Jennings, Bennett and Hancock, as Lympsham were bowled out for 198.

In reply,Belvedere got off to an awful start and were reduced to 59-5. This bought Bennett and Ham to the crease and a partnership of 60 saw Belvedere creep close to the target.

After Ham (50) and Bennett (28) both lost their wickets, the game slipped away, despite Cates, Jennings and Statham all scoring double figures, as Belvedere were bowled out for 165.

The All Stars Sports Bar man of the match went to Callum Ham.

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