Lympsham and Belvedere fall well short against Huntspill

PUBLISHED: 09:15 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 July 2017

Wicket keeper Pete Hooper.

Wicket keeper Pete Hooper.

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Lympsham and Belvedere lost their latest league match by 116 runs against near neighbours Huntspill and District.

Lympsham and Belvedere hosted Huntspill and District and having won the toss elected to bowl first on a hot afternoon.

The visitors attacked from the start as S Lilycrop and J Randall both hit early boundaries, before CJ Neate and Jack Luff both picked up wickets. T Garner and M Cavill continued to play positively and put together an excellent partnership.

N Chadwick (0-31) and B Laing (0-27) slowed the scoring rate down in the middle overs taking the pace off the ball. Garner (83) played well before he edged to Dave Luff and gully. Cavill continued to hit boundaries before he fell for a hard hit 93, bowled by the returning J Luff (2-43).

M Osmant (37) and M Counsell (14) continued the late onslaught before the latter was run out off the last ball of the innings by Mike Hosey as Huntspill amassed a massive 293-5.

In reply, Lympsham and Belvedere looked to build the platform required for a big run chase as Chadwick and Hosey started positively. The introduction of Lismore proved effective as Chadwick edged to Counsell at gully for 21.

Jack Luff and Hosey continued to push the scoring rate before Counsell trapped Luff (24) leg before to leave the host at 83-2.

Hosey (31) soon perished top edging to the keeper off Lismore and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Lismore (3-33) and Counsell (2-33) removed K Crockett (6) and Dave Luff (7) cheaply.

Tom Gooding looked in good touch but lost partners around as Rich Ford fell to Garner for five. P Hooper joined Gooding and tried to get the innings back on track hitting some lusty blows.

Gooding (27) fell looking to hit out to the impressive Garner (2-22). Neate (20) and Hooper (21) continued to attack before the introduction of D Adams (3-10) removed both and J Neville to leave Lympsham and Belvedere all out for 177.

The boys will be looking to bounce back next week against league leaders Trull, knowing a win is needed to kickstart their promotion ambitions.

Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to P Hooper.

The high-flying second team visited Wedmore, and with a number of changes to the side, chose to bat first.

The innings was off to a shaky start though as both opening batsmen lost their wickets in the first five overs. Joe Statham (12) doggedly held the innings together showing great discipline to bat for 26 overs in defiant fashion, while others fell to some great catches in the deep by the Wedmore fielders.

When Statham eventually fell, it was the unlikely partnership of Jules Froud (22 not out) and Paul Davis (24 not out) who put on 66 for the last wicket and took the score to a respectable 175-9 at tea.

After the interval, the visitors set an attacking field and it soon paid off when Jon Lodge (2-13) and Simon Pilgrim (1-10) removed the home side’s opening pair, and wickets then followed at regular intervals until the 25th over when Statham bowled the last man, leaving Wedmore on 82 all out.

Most pleasing was the number of catches held in the field and that every bowler took at least one wicket.

Man of the match sponsored by the Indian Massala in Bleadon was Joe Statham.

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