Lympsham and Belvedere keep up promotion push

PUBLISHED: 09:38 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 28 July 2017

Michael Hosey batting for Lympsham.

Michael Hosey batting for Lympsham.

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Lympsham and Belvedere kept up their promotion push with a convincing victory over Castle Cary.

Lympsham and Belvedere hosted Castle Cary and having lost the toss were asked to bowl first.

The visitors were soon in trouble as McCrea struck twice and CJ Neate (2-18) joined in the action also took two wickets. McCrea (3-12) continued to cause havoc, while combining with Gooding to run out the dangerous Mekala.

Castle Cary batted sensibly against the spin of Youngs (0-20) and Chatterjee until the latter picked up a wicket. Luff (0-11) and Neville (0-13) bowled without luck as the Castle Cary batsman survived taking the score past the 100 mark.

The home side resulted to the slower bowling of Gooding (0-18) and Chadwick in a bid to pick up the full bowling points. Chadwick (3-13) bowled Leach for a fine 48 and soon picked up two more in the same manner to leave Castle Cary all out for 128 off their full 45 overs.

In reply, the innings started positively as Hosey and McCrea hit early boundaries and both batsmen ran well to keep the score ticking over. The partnership reached the 50 mark before McCrea was stumped for 18.

Hosey continued to bat with conviction, passing his 50 with a drive through the covers. Luff continued his good form making a boundary-filled 23 before being. Gooding (17) joined Hosey and eased the team home to victory with nine overs to spare as Hosey finished on a fine 67 not out.

Lympsham and Belvedere remain in second place in the league and look forward to their Somerset Minor Cup semi-final match against Temple Cloud 2nds on Sunday.

Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to Mike Hosey.

Churchill 2nd XI 89

Lympsham & Belvedere 2nd XI 90-3

The 2nd XI visited Churchill 2nd XI keen to continue their winning streak.

With rain in the air and the toss won, the home side were put into bat and made a slow start against some tight bowling by Sam Jennings and Paul Davis (1-4). The opening partnership was eventually broken in the 13th over by Jon Lodge (2-9) and this was the turning point as wickets began to fall at regular intervals.

Kevin Crockett took a fine five wickets with the help of Brian Hosey and Tom Cates took two catches each, plus a stumping by Sam Neate on the last ball of the innings to leave Churchill on 89 all out.

In reply, Lympsham & Belvedere lost the early wickets of openers Crocket and Cates before Sam Neate (27) and Felix Grandfield (41 not out) began to hit boundaries and the target was reached after just under 15 overs.

This gives Lympsham another maximum 35 points and real momentum going into the game against Weston 4th XI on Saturday.

Man of the match sponsored by the Indian Massala in Bleadon was Kevin Crockett.

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