Lympsham and Belvedere denied by the rain

PUBLISHED: 09:39 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:39 26 May 2017

Jack Neville bowling for Lympsham.

Jack Neville bowling for Lympsham.

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Lympsham and Belvedere were denied a good chance of victory at Castle Cary by the weather, the home side struggling on 16-3 when play was ended.

Lympsham and Belvedere travelled to Castle Cary and having lost the toss were asked to bat first on a slow track offering the bowlers early assistance.

Openers Sam McCrea and Dave Luff started in watchful fashion before McCrea started to attack and made a fine 42 before being bowled bringing Jack Luff to the crease,.

Dave Luff fell for a well compiled 29 and other batsman came and went as they searched for late runs. However, the momentum was continued by Luff, who made a mature 64.

Some quick running and hard hitting from Parsons (11) and Hancock (13 not out) ensured Lympsham and Belvedere finished on a highly competitive 181-7.

In reply, Castle Cary needed to survive the reduced 30 overs due to time lost to rain. However, they struggled against the pace of McCrea (3-10) and Jack Luff as they showed good control of line and length. Young bowled an accurate over of spin before the heavens opened once more to end the game with Castle Cary on 16-3 off 11 overs.

Lympsham and Belvedere picked up 24 valuable points. Jack Luff once again impressed with the bat, but the Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to McCrea.

Under heavy skies and after a delayed start due to rain showers, Lympsham & Belvedere 2nd XI restricted their visitors to just 14 runs from the first 14 overs, thanks to some tight bowling from Sam Jennings and Nil Chatterjee.

After a short spell off for more rain, the visitors lost three quick wickets to Jon Lodge (2-19) and Ben Laing (1-25) to reach 57-3 from 25 overs at an early tea interval.

At the restart, Kevin Crockett (2-17) and Stuart Bruce (5-24) went through the Churchill line-up to bring the innings to an early close on 105 all out from 35 overs.

In reply, Crockett took the bull by the horns, and with more rain always a worry, he hit a quick 50 before holing out, leaving Tom Cates and Brian Hosey to take the side to the target in just 21 overs.

Man of the match sponsored by the Indian Massala in Bleadon was Kevin Crockett, and the team now sits on top of division 8N ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Weston to play their 4th XI.

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