Lympsham & Belvedere slip into bottom two after latest defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:45 15 June 2018

David Luff batting for Lympsham.

David Luff batting for Lympsham.

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After losing by 37 runs at Kilve, Lympsham & Belvedere slipped into the bottom two of the league.

Lympsham & Belvedere slipped into the bottom two with a 37-run loss at Kilve.

Kilve were asked to bat first and were fortunate to survive excellent opening spells from Andy Taylor and Tom Gooding, before Kevin Crockett teased Stone to drive to mid-off where Neil Chadwick held on safely.

James and Rock added a 102-run partnership before smart work from Sam Neate saw him run out Rock (64) leaving Kilve on 139-2 with 10 overs left. Unfortunatley those 10 overs accounted for a further 90 runs to see Kilve finish on 229-3.

Crockett (1-30) and CJ Neate (1-37) were the successful bowlers and Gooding returned excellent figures of 9-3-15-0.

In response, L&B made an excellent start with Dave Luff and Chadwick both looking in good form, until Chadwick (41) was acrobatically caught at deep mid-wicket with the score on 73-1 off 18.

The innings stuttered with only Luff (64) making a major contribution and his dismissal in the 38th over on 151-5 left his colleagues with a mountain to climb and despite 29 from Nathan Hancock, the innings ended on 192-8.

L&B now have two important matches against sides currently one place above and one place below them and look to return to winning ways.

Lympsham Concrete man of the match went to Dave Luff.

Harptree 214-8

L&B end XI 211-8

The 2nd XI fell short of victory in a close game against Harptree by just three runs.

The visitors won the toss, chose to bat and made a steady start before Paul Davis finally received a reward for his efforts with the ball when Ben Laing took a catch in the covers to remove the opening batsman.

Laing (2-41) took a wicket with the ball just before the drinks break. Suitably refreshed, Harptree pushed on and frustrated the home attack until Jon Lodge (2-27) took two quick wickets thanks to catches by Tom Cates and skipper Stuart Bruce. Bruce then added to his tally with two quick run outs and a bowled wicket with the last ball of the innings to leave a total of 214-8 to beat.

In reply, Rich Drew (33) and Rich Ford (82) set off at a strong pace, putting on 88 runs before Drew was caught, but thanks to some tight bowling the run rate dropped.

When Ford was dismissed with the total at 159-3, the middle order kept the scoreboard moving forward and looked to have the total in sight.

With just 10 needed off the last two overs though, four wickets fell giving the momentum back to the visitors who closed the game off with Lympsham & Belvedere just three runs short, finishing on 211-8.

Man of the match sponsored by the Indian Massala in Bleadon was Rich Ford.

The Sunday XI moved to the top of their division with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Keynsham.

Keynsham had first use of a dry pitch and started well, reaching 49-1 and 98-2 with Arblaster (49) playing well.

The home side then turned the screw to see Keynsham dismissed for 140 in the penultimate over with wickets shared between Sam Jennings (2-13), Julian Froud (2-19), Kevin Crockett (2-23), Simon Pilgrim (2-33) and George Nuttycombe (2-37). L&B made a poor start slipping to 27-3 in the ninth over with Andy Hall, Rod Simpson and Jon Lodge back in the pavilion.

However, an unbroken partnership of 117 in 16 overs between Brian Hosey (58) and Bruce (48) saw their side home with 16 overs to spare.

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