Cricket: Lympsham & Belvedere earn thrilling tie with Weston seconds

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 May 2019

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Lympsham & Belvedere earned a thrilling tie with Weston seconds in their opening match of the new season.

Put into bat, they made a flying start as Samuel McCrea (34) hit eight fours before being bowled by Sam Goodhew (1-24).

Mike Hosey (24) and Jason Parsons (41) continued to apply pressure, but fell to Matt Blamire (1-23) and Andy Fear (1-50) respectively as the scoring rate slowed.

Matthew Kearsey (4-17) and Paul Stringer (3-21) then made an instant impact as wickets began to fall at regular intervals, with only Nathan Hancock (14) and Matt Grute (11) making double figures as Lympsham & Belvedere limped to 179 all out in 39 of their allotted 45 overs.

McCrea removed Fear early in Weston's reply but Dominic Mayo (44) and Alex Leeks (34) laid a good foundation for the visitors despite tight spells from Andy Taylor (0-24) and Tom Gooding (0-26).

Despite a couple of dropped catches and a few near misses Lympsham & Belvedere continued to plug away and the introduction of Brendon Summers and Jack Luff, who dismissed Leeks and Mayo, left the game evenly poised.

Simon Turner and Kearsey looked to attack and put the pressure back on the bowlers, but the returning McCrea (2-35) had Kearsey (18) well caught by Jack Neville at point and Neil Chadwick (1-35) had Turner (37) leg before.

With 23 needed off and three overs, Kruz Belcher (16) and Matt Huxtable (11) looked to have won it after scoring 14 off one over.

But a fantastic over from Summers saw Huxtable stumped by the impressive Grute and Stringer superbly caught by the diving Hancock at long off to leave six needed from the final over.

Belcher hit captain Chadwick's firs tball for four and took a single off the third, but with the field all up McCrea produced a direct hit to run out Blamire, before another dot ball.

The last ball was hit down the ground but Lympsham Concrete man of the match McCrea threw to Chadwick to run out Belcher and secure the tie against the odds.

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