Belvedere crush Fitzhead but miss out on promotion

PUBLISHED: 10:38 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

BELVEDERE crushed a weak Fitzhead to pick up maximum points for a third consecutive week.

BELVEDERE crushed a weak Fitzhead to pick up maximum points for a third consecutive week. Disappointingly other results meant that Belvedere had to settle for third place in Somerset Division 2 and no promotion.After losing the toss, Belvedere were asked to bat first and openers Neil Chadwick and Aaron Mott quickly dominated the Fitzhead bowling. Neither batsman were troubled as boundaries flowed quickly and easily. Mott timed his strokes with ease, taking a particular liking to the bowling of Burns. Chadwick started the slower, but reached his century first, an excellent innings in which not a single chance was offered to the fielding side. Mott reached three figures shortly afterwards, the Western Australian's third century of an excellent season. Chadwick was eventually dismissed for 120 with the score on 255. Rob Tasker was out a few overs later with the score on 269. Belvedere then declared after only 33 overs, Mott undefeated on 127 not out. Fitzhead's reply was soon in trouble. Andy Loud took two early wickets, Dave Taylor and Mott holding two good catches. Rob Statham took four wickets in his opening spell, including a double wicket maiden to leave Fitzhead on 57-6. After a heavy shower, both sides agreed to play on and Belvedere continued to take wickets. Dave Holland dismissed Burns for 79 and Rob Watts and Rob Statham, with his fifth wicket put Belvedere on the brink of victory. Holland eventually bowled Baycock, giving Belvedere a 92-run victory.Tasker Printer's man of the match went to Aaron Mott.

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