Belvedere crash to the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 12:59 21 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 May 2010

BELVEDERE'S promotion hopes were dealt a severe blow following a three-wicket defeat against league leaders South Petherton. Belvedere's batsmen did not score enough runs against an accurate and disciplined bowling attack. Aaron Mott and Gary Gullick were

BELVEDERE'S promotion hopes were dealt a severe blow following a three-wicket defeat against league leaders South Petherton.Belvedere's batsmen did not score enough runs against an accurate and disciplined bowling attack. Aaron Mott and Gary Gullick were the only batsman in the top order to make any impression. Mott looked in excellent touch, mixing singles and boundaries for a composed 49 and Gullick smashed 10 fours in his innings of 43.However, no other batsmen were able to provide any support and Belvedere were only able to reach maximum batting points thanks to a last wicket stand between Brian Hosey and Rob Statham. The pair added 58 to take Belvedere past 200 and a target that could be defended.South Petherton's reply started poorly as Matt Huxtable bowled Walmsley, but Doss and Harris added quick runs to put the visitors back on top. Dave Taylor was introduced to the attack with instant success dismissing Doss for 51. Harris was out shortly afterwards as Rob Tasker held a catch in the deep, off Taylor's bowling. Rob Statham followed up his fine batting display with the wicket of Fry to put South Petherton on 137-4 and gave the home side a hope of victory. Boulton and Blackburn put on 50 runs to dash these hopes, benefiting greatly from a crucial dropped catch. Belvedere threatened again later on as Hosey took three quick wickets but South Petherton eased to their target with two overs left.Tasker Printer's man of the match went to Brian Hosey.

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