Belvedere hang on to win by six runs

PUBLISHED: 12:13 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010

BELVEDERE maintained their unbeaten run with a thrilling six-run victory at Burnham. Burnham won the toss and chose to field and Belvedere got off to a good start as openers Neil Chadwick and Aaron Mott took advantage of some wayward bowling by Green. Kar

BELVEDERE maintained their unbeaten run with a thrilling six-run victory at Burnham.Burnham won the toss and chose to field and Belvedere got off to a good start as openers Neil Chadwick and Aaron Mott took advantage of some wayward bowling by Green. Karmarkar made the breakthrough trapping Chadwick leg before and Rob Tasker soon followed, caught for a duck off the accurate Severn. Karmarkar dismissed Mott for his second wicket leaving the visitors in trouble at 41-3 after 15 overs. Gary Gullick and Ian Tasker set about repairing the damage at the expense of the run rate, Karmarkar finishing with the excellent figures of 2 wickets for 6 runs from 12 overs. Gullick was eventually dismissed with the score on 57 in the 29th over and when Adam Cooper was bowled in the 33rd over with the score on 59, Belvedere were in desperate need of some quick runs.Tasker settled into his stride with good lower order support from Ray Dibben (13) and Dave Taylor (4). Wayward late bowling also helped boost the visitors' total as the innings eventually closed on 134 all out, Tasker unbeaten on 51.Defending such a low score Belvedere had to bowl and field well and opening bowlers Brian Hosey and Rob Statham did not disappoint. Statham dismissed both openers, Coombs made to look foolish by a ball that both swung and seamed. Gaylard and Karmarkar threatened to take the game away from Belvedere, striking the ball and running well between the wickets. Rob Tasker's leg spin eventually removed a disappointed Gaylard, and this led to two quick wickets as Tasker ripped through the middle order. Tasker was well supported by Steve Buckley who bowled magnificently as Burnham struggled to keep up with the low run rate. Throughout the Burnham reply Karmarkar looked in ominous form but when he was stumped by Dibben after charging the left arm spin of Taylor with the score on 91, Belvedere were back in with a chance. The last 10 overs provided excellent, if tense entertainment as the Burnham lower order battled hard and swung the see-saw encounter back their way. However Statham, Hosey and Buckley bowled marvellously at the end, and Mott and Dibben provided good support in the field with a timely run out. Burnham required a run a ball off the last two overs but Hosey and Buckley held their nerve to seal the victory for Belvedere who stay second in the Division 2 table.Teflon man of the match went to Ian Tasker for a fine innings.

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