Lympsham and Belvedere consolide second spot after comfortable victory

PUBLISHED: 09:22 07 July 2017

Tom Ferns bowling for Lympsham.

Tom Ferns bowling for Lympsham.

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Lympsham and Belvedere kept up the pressure on the leaders with another victory, this time over South Petherton.

Lympsham and Belvedere entertained South Petherton looking to consolidate their second place position in the table.

Having lost the toss, the hosts were asked to bat first and were soon in trouble as S McCrea (9) and D Luff were soon dismissed. Jack Luff and Neil Chadwick looked to rebuild the innings and batted sensibly against the accurate visitors bowling attack.

With the innings well set, Chadwick (22) fell caught behind to leave the score at 74-3. Tom Gooding joined Luff in putting together the crucial partnership as both ran hard and put away the loose ball at will, before Luff was dismissed for a hard-hitting 93, including 15 fours and two sixes.

Gooding continued his good form before making a fluent 47. With only a few overs remaining, Hosey (0) and Counsell fell looking for late runs leaving, P Hooper and J Youngs to see Lympsham and Belvedere to a respectable 225-7 at the interval.

In reply, McCrea got a wicket in the first over. Reed and Tinsley looked to dig in and batted sensibly before McCrea (2-15) had Reed well caught at cover by Gooding for 10.

Tinsley and Catchpole frustrated the hosts’ bowling attack as they rode their luck playing in an attacking manner. The introduction of Jack Luff and Youngs changed the game in Lympsham and Belvedere’s favour as they dried up the runs and forced the batsman to take risks.

Youngs bowled a fine spell of left-arm spin inducing Catchpole down the ground to be well stumped by P Hooper for 28. Luff got in the act having Tinsley well caught by Gooding for 22 leaving South Petherton in trouble at 88-4.

Youngs (3-12) struck twice in quick succession leaving Luff (4-27) to destroy the lower order, clean bowling Harris, Edmonds and Ross. Chadwick finished the innings off having Bell leg before off his first delivery, leaving South Petherton all out for 107.

Lympsham and Belvedere picked up a full 35 points and look forward to hosting Hunstpill and District on Saturday. Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to Jack Luff.

Lympsham & Belvedere 2nds XI visited Bridgwater Sports for the second time in three weeks.

CJ Neate opened the bowling with some lively deliveries, but it was Sam Jennings who took the first wicket with a well disguised slower ball.

Missed catches again threatened to let the hosts off the hook, but Jon Lodge removed the prize wicket of the home side’s dangerman. Simon Pilgrim produced a spell of spin bowling that bamboozled the Bridgwater batsmen and produced figures of 4-14 from just 6.5 overs.

With a total of just 74 to chase, skipper Stuart Bruce decided to send openers Sam Neate and Jason Parsons out in an attempt to finish the game quickly.

Happily the boys obliged, and the target was reached in just 10 overs with Parsons again leading the way on 58 not out and Neate 18 not out.

Man of the match sponsored by the Indian Massala in Bleadon was Simon Pilgrim and with the season now past the halfway stage, the team have pulled clear at the top of Division 8N.

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