Belvedere triumph in top of the table clash

PUBLISHED: 11:22 11 June 2007 | UPDATED: 11:08 24 May 2010

BELVEDERE recorded an exciting four wicket victory over Watchet in a well contested top of the table clash. Watchet were put into bat by Belvedere and openers Martin and Sully rode their luck as Brian Hosey and Andy Loud bowled well without reward. Rob St

BELVEDERE recorded an exciting four wicket victory over Watchet in a well contested top of the table clash.Watchet were put into bat by Belvedere and openers Martin and Sully rode their luck as Brian Hosey and Andy Loud bowled well without reward. Rob Statham eventually broke the opening partnership with the score on 53, Hosey holding onto the catch at mid-on.Dave Holland was unlucky not to add to the wickets as both batsman played and missed throughout his spell. The left-arm spin of Dave Taylor turned the contest in the visitors favour as Milton was soon stumped by Will Whittle, who was making his first team debut. Taylor then removed Sully with a well taken caught and bowled before J Strong and Bishop both holed out, Neil Chadwick and Loud taking the catches.Rob Tasker was brought on to provide spin at both ends and Tasker soon had success deceiving M Strong. Two more wickets for Taylor, another stumping for Whittle and two run outs saw Watchet dismissed for 192, Taylor recording career best figures of 6-42.The Belvedere batting response received an early setback as Gullick departed for a duck. Rob Tasker and Aaron Mott soon put Belvedere back on top, Mott playing aggressively, whilst Tasker batted with unusual but welcome caution. A fine catch by Milton saw Mott dismissed for 26 and when Chadwick was caught behind the contest was finely poised with the reply on 81-3.Tasker unluckily played on for a fine 48 with the score on 94 further increasing the pressure on Belvedere as skipper Ian Tasker joined Dave Holland at the crease. Holland and Tasker batted superbly though, offering no chances and running well between the wickets. Both were dismissed within 10 runs of the target of 193 setting up a tense finish, but Andy Loud and Will Whittle held their nerve, Whittle punching the ball through extra cover with five balls remaining to secure a four wicket victory and maximum points for Belvedere.The Tasker Printers man of the match award was shared between Dave Taylor and Will Whittle.

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