Lympsham and Belvedere defeat the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 11:15 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 July 2017

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Lympsham & Belvedere cemented second spot in the league after defeating league leaders Trull.

Lympsham and Belvedere travelled to table-topping Trull looking to cement their second place position in the league and inflict a first defeat of the season on their hosts.

Having won the toss, Lympsham asked Trull to bat first on a dry-looking track. It started well as Tom Ferns had Sapey caught by Neil Chadwick at mid-wicket.

Trull’s batters came out in an attacking manner as Clark and Blundell looked to drive hard. Blundell did not last long as Ferns had him caught at mid-on by Rich Ford for 15.

Clark and Fitt continued to attack, but the introduction of J Youngs and Jack Luff changed the game dramatically as Trull went from 64-2 to 70-5. Youngs had Clark (26) lbw, Fitt caught behind by Hooper and Parsons caught at extra cover by Chadwick.

Nurcombe (16) and Hayward (17) dug in but both were removed the lively Luff (2-28). Youngs (4-17) soon removed Palmer leaving Sam McCrea (1-23) and Adam Micklewright (1-10) to finish Trull’s innings inside 33 overs.

This was a fine bowling and fielding effort by Lympsham and Belvedere with lots of energy and enthusiasm shown by all.

Having to bat 10 overs before tea, Lympsham and Belvedere were soon in trouble as Mike Hosey and McCrea were removed by Walters and Lawton.

Jack Luff and Dave Luff steadied the ship as they pushed on to 32-2 at tea. After the break, Jack Luff hit eight boundaries in a fine 49 before being bowled by Lawton.

Wickets continued to fall as Ford and Chadwick fell to Lawton. Dave Luff (30) looked to attack but fell to a fine slip catch with the score at 102-6.

Hooper (11) joined Youngs (10) and they showed their batting talents easing the visitors over the line without alarm as Lympsham and Belvedere sealed a great victory inside 34 overs.

The win boosts the chances of promotion and inflicted Trull’s first defeat this season. In a fine team performance, special mention must go to the efforts of Jack and Dave Luff in difficult batting conditions.

Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to Youngs for an exceptional bowling display and a cool head when batting.

Lympsham & Belvedere 2nd XI entertained Wembdon Academy looking to maintain their unbeaten record.

The home side were asked to bat in damp conditions and soon lost Kevin Crockett in the second over.

Tom Cates and Sam Neate scored quickly punishing any bad balls before Cates fell for 34 with the score on 87. Neate carried on finding the boundaries with ease bringing up his maiden century as the visitors battled on in the light drizzle.

He was dismissed shortly after for an excellent 106, including 14 fours and three sixes. Felix Grandfield bludgeoned a quick 47 as the innings closed on 266-7 off 40 overs.

The light rain did not relent during the tea break and 14 overs were lost from the visitors’ innings giving L&B just 26 overs to bowl Wembdon out for a victory.

Despite attacking fields, they were unable to make any inroads until CJ Neate bowled Stone in the 23rd over as the visitors ended on 116-1 and the match ended in a rain-affected draw.

For his excellent century, Sam Neate was named Indian Massala (Bleadon) man of the match.

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