Belvedere let down by their batsmen

PUBLISHED: 11:53 22 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:19 24 May 2010

BELVEDERE were left to rue a poor batting display in a narrow two-wicket loss at Whitchurch. Asked to bat, Belvedere started well as Neil Chadwick took on the opening bowlers to good effect, ably supported by Adam Cooper. The loss of Cooper triggered a st

BELVEDERE were left to rue a poor batting display in a narrow two-wicket loss at Whitchurch.Asked to bat, Belvedere started well as Neil Chadwick took on the opening bowlers to good effect, ably supported by Adam Cooper. The loss of Cooper triggered a steady fall of wickets through a combination of poor shots and good catches. Only four players reached double figures and Belvedere were indebted to Chadwick's 43 as the away side were dismissed for 114, at least 30 runs short of a competitive total.An excellent fielding display almost saw Belvedere grab victory, though. Matt Huxtable's pace forced an early breakthrough as Dave Taylor held on to the catch at point. The introduction of Taylor and Rob Statham increased the pressure on Whitchurch. Lightning reflexes by Aaron Mott resulted in two stumpings as Taylor picked up three wickets. Statham was rewarded for a superb spell with three wickets, the pick of which was the dismissal of the dangerous J Gammon. When Jack Gadd removed Brown it looked like Belvedere may pull off an unlikely victory, but it was not to be as Whitchurch prevailed.Tasker Printers man of the match was Rob Statham for delivering a lesson in seam and swing bowling.

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