Belvedere pulverised by Perrott

Belvedere produce a below par performance at struggling North Perrott.

BELVEDERE produced their worst performance for some time, going down by eight wickets to strugglers North Perrott.

Arriving late due to heavy traffic, they were inserted by their hosts and Chadwick and Ashfield started in blistering fashion as both found the boundary at ease. Ashfield (23) looked in dominant form before he was bowled by the lively Harper in the seventh over with the score on 42.

Chadwick (20) soon perished edging to the keeper. From a position of strength Belvedere collapsed to the accurate medium pace of Downing and Ireland as runs dried up quickly.

Huxtable, Gullick and Hancock all fell to the away swing of Downing. Ireland was soon in the act removing Gadd (9) and Jones in quick succession. With the home side on top, opening bowler Harper returned to skittle out the lower order with Brian Hosey (6), Taylor and Broadhead all clean bowled, leaving young Mike Hosey undefeated at the non-strikers end as Belvedere limped to 80 all out in a poor display.

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In reply, North Perrott started in a positive fashion as captain Briggs and ex-Somerset professional Greg Kennis looked to be strolling to victory as they raced to 43-0.

Belvedere got the breakthrough when Ashfield (1-23) had Briggs well caught by Huxtable at point. Huxtable was soon rewarded when he had Bradley caught at slip by Chadwick.

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However, North Perrott cruised to victory as young Marshall-Jones and Kennis eased home with 26 overs in hand.

Belvedere will be looking to bounce back this weekend against rivals Ashbrittle in a must win game. Buildbase man of the match went to Brad Ashfield.

? Belvedere’s 2nd XI travelled to Wellington, looking to secure much needed points to lift themselves from the foot of Division 4.

Captain Kev Crockett won the toss and elected to bowl first. Gareth Little (8-0-53-1) and Rob Statham (12-1-47-0) opened the bowling with no luck with Wellington’s opening batsman Brooks and Crout made a flying start.

Paul Davis (4-0-0-20) and Crockett (12-2-65-3) were on first change with Crockett making the first breakthrough and followed this with two more dismissals in his spell.

CJ Neate (6-1-22-0) bowled tightly during his spell. Little came back on for the final overs and picked up a wicket, with CJ Neate taking a fine catch. Wellington posted 246-5.

Chasing 247, Belvedere never looked like troubling the scorers, Rob Newman (7) and Crockett (14) got off to a good start, but the familiar collapse occurred.

CJ Neate (8) and top scorer Matt McCarthy (15) put on a small partnership and secured an extra batting point for Belvedere. Jamie Loud struck a quick seven, but wickets continued to fall and found themselves all out for 98.

Buildbase man of the match was Kevin Crockett.

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