Lympsham & Belvedere hold their nerve

PUBLISHED: 09:19 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 30 June 2017

Kevin Crockett batting for Belvedere.

Kevin Crockett batting for Belvedere.

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Lympsham & Belvedere held their nerve against Kilmington & Stourton to emerge winners by just two runs.

Lympsham and Belvedere made the long journey to Kilmington and Stourton and having lost the toss were asked to bat first on a green looking pitch.

The innings got off to the worst possible start as Dave Luff was caught behind off the first ball. Sam McCrea soon followed, leaving Jack Luff (14) and Neil Chadwick (9) looking to rebuild the innings, but both failed to deliver leaving Mike Hosey and Tom Gooding up against it against an accurate bowling attack.

They combined brilliantly mixing solid defence and good running between the wickets to push closer to the 100 mark. Hosey made a well-constructed 29 before he was caught.

Gooding and Laing continued the pursuit for late runs to get Lympsham and Belvedere to a competitive 168-7. Gooding finished on a fine 83 not out in wet and rainy conditions.

After a delayed interval due to rain, Kilmington came out needing 169 to win off 41 overs. They started positively as Horner and Wakeling looked to attack from the off., before Jack Luff made the breakthrough as he had Horner caught hooking by father Dave.

Further wickets fell to Hosey (2-44) to leave Kilmington 76-3. A 48-run partnership followed before the returning Luff (2-20) left the game poised once again.

The introduction of Neville (0-18) and Laing (2-23) continued to keep the pressure on with the latter picking up wickets courtesy of good catches by Brian Hosey and Jack Luff.

Neville bowled a great over to keep Lympsham and Belvedere in with a chance leaving McCrea to bowl the last over with eight runs needed.

Two singles and a direct hit run out by Gooding behind the stumps saw the game still in the balance. McCrea held his nerve to leave Kilmington two short of victory in a tense finale. Both teams came away with 27 points each in a tight encounter.

Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to Gooding.

The 2nd XI continued their march on top of Division 8N of the Somerset League with a home win against Cranmore 2nds.

After being put into bat, Kevin Crockett wasted no time and set about the bowlers with a flurry of boundaries. The bedrock of the innings was a second wicket partnership of 107 with Chris Butler (36) before Butler was trapped lbw in the 24th over and Crockett was eventually bowled for 112 in the 30th.

Felix Grandfield (26) and Stuart Bruce (35) took the score past the magic 200 with some quick boundaries to reach an impressive total of 241-7.

After tea, Cranmore were off to a shaky start when Jon Lodge (2-26) had their opener caught by Sam Neate from the second ball, and despite some early missed catches, wickets fell again as the visitors struggled to build partnerships.

Paul Davis impressed with 2-11 from his seven overs and Nilanjan Chatterjee did the most damage with 3-25 as Cranmore were eventually dismissed for 111.

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


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