Belvedere relegation fears eased

Belvedere record their third successive victory to ease their relegation fears.

BELVEDERE made it three wins in a row, beating fellow strugglers Stogumber at their picturesque venue.

Having won the toss, Belvedere asked the hosts to bat first. It was the introduction of Dave Taylor that had instant success as Weetch (48) gave him a simple return catch. Webster joined Penny and they continued to push the score along before Taylor (2-54) bowled Penny (34).

Broadhead (2-55) bowled a fine spell, removing the dangerous Rexworthy brothers. Walsh and Webster looked to push the scoring rate and with the score nearing 200 with six overs to go, Sam McCrea (2-52) removed Walsh and then bowled Penny to slow down the scoring rate.

The introduction of Rob Watts had an instant impact as he had Webster leg before for 62 and Weetch the same way as Belvedere began to take wickets. Watts also produced a fine run out to remove Bryant leaving the Stogumber score at 237-9 at tea.

Belvedere looked to build a good foundation to their innings and an aggressive approach from openers Neil Chadwick and Jeff Seale took the game away from the hosts, putting on 122 in 14 overs.

Chadwick (57) struck eight fours and three sixes in reaching his half century off just 34 balls. Seale (57) also scored a half century, which included 10 fours and one six coming off just 44 balls.

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Gadd (15) and Crockett batted sensibly before Gadd and Robinson (5) were dismissed, leaving Belvedere needing 50 runs to win. Watts joined Crockett (47) and the veterans eased nerves putting together a match-winning partnership. Crockett was bowled, leaving McCrea (8) and Watts (21) to finish the game off.

In a fine team performance Belvedere picked up 34 points and eased their relegation fears. Buildbase man of the match was shared between Chadwick and Seale.

? The second team took an inexperienced side to Staplegrove. Captain Sam Neate won the toss and had no hesitation in inserting the home side.

CJ Neate (12-0-86-1) and Jamie Britton (9-0-40-0) opened the bowling and both started tightly. Ross Wood (6-0-50-2) took the key wicket of Wiltshire, when Nathan Hancock took a comfortable catch.

Sam Neate then came on and accounted for the wicket of Higgins who was bowled for 44. Jon Lodge (6-0-40-2) impressed taking two important wickets, but Belvedere’s poor fielding let them down. Jamie Loud took a wicket in the final overs, but Staplegrove had already amassed 307-8.

Belvedere’s poor performance continued, with only Sam Neate (38) making a considerable difference to the scoreboard. Nathan Hancock (10), Mike Hosey (10) and Jon Lodge (15) all contributed, but Belvedere collapsed to a humiliating 90 all out.

Buildbase man of the match was Sam Neate.

? Belvedere A had immediate success against East Huntspill as Paul Davis (10-1-30-4) took a wicket with the first ball of the day.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as he and David Fairhurst bowled a great opening spell (12-3-34-4). Fine catches were held off the bowling of Fairhurst by John Cox and David Long.

Sam Jennings was introduced into the attack and found the mark with the wicket of Hodge. Some lusty blows by Stamp (35) took Huntspill’s score to 96 before he was bowled by Rob Statham.

Martin Taylor and Wayne Hind then had to negotiate nine overs before tea and took the score to 32 without loss.

After tea, runs continued to flow until Hind lost his wicket with the score on 68. This brought Graham Wigg to the crease who made a quick 19, but it was left to Taylor (42 not out) to hit the winning runs.

Buildbase man of the Match was Martin Taylor.

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