Belvedere relegated for the first time

Belvedere were relegated to Division 2 of the Somerset League, despite winning their last match.

BELVEDERE completed their league season with a 29-run defeat of fellow relegated side Castle Cary.

Asked to bat first, Belvedere were given a steady start by Neil Chadwick and Michael Hosey on a difficult batting wicket. The pair added 72 for the first wicket before Hosey fell for 29. Chadwick followed shortly after for 32.

Kevin Crockett held the remainder of the innings together as wickets fell regularly and he was the only other batsmen to reach double figures with 44 as Belvedere closed on 144-8.

Sam McCrea gave Belvedere the perfect start with two early wickets, but at 84-4 the game was evenly poised.

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The introduction of spin twins Nil Chatterjee and Chadwick had a devastating effect as Cary subsided to 125 all out.

Aided by two run outs, Belvedere bowlers McCrea (2-21), Bradley Ashfield (2-45), Chatterjeee (1-30) and Eurocams man of the match Chadwick (3-13) all performed admirably.

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Belvedere will look to bounce back to Division 1 of the Somerset League next season after suffering their first relegation.

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