Tailenders guide Belvedere home

PUBLISHED: 13:24 02 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 May 2010

BELVEDERE continued their winning ways with an exciting victory at Brent Knoll, marred only by a theft during the game from the changing rooms. Electing to bowl first in drizzly conditions, Belvedere got off to the quick start they have enjoyed in previou

BELVEDERE continued their winning ways with an exciting victory at Brent Knoll, marred only by a theft during the game from the changing rooms.Electing to bowl first in drizzly conditions, Belvedere got off to the quick start they have enjoyed in previous games, Moore and Woodall removing both openers with only five on the board. Thereafter the luck clearly went the way of Brent Knoll as Belvedere bowlers continually found the edge only for the ball to fall short of fielders or crash to the boundary through the slips.Whilst Belvedere were guilty of four dropped catches, overall the fielding was again sound in slippery conditions. Woodall was the pick of the bowlers returning figure of 2 for 43, including a wicket with the worst ball of the day as the rain fell.Belvedere's luck did not change with the introduction of Takyar, Cousins and then Fear as Brent Knoll continued to pile on the runs. Holmkin reached his century in the last over as tight fielding restricted Brent Knoll to 182 for 4 wickets.With the pitch holding no demons, Chubb immediately took the attack back to Brent Knoll, hitting an enormous six off the first over and, with Cousins rock like at the other end, Chubb helped himself to boundaries galore as he raced to 50 before falling with the score on 70 while looking serene.This solid foundation quickly crumbled as in-form Hind, Kington and Absalom quickly fell. With Cousins joining them back in the clubhouse having scored 21 and Woodall and Moore recording ducks the Belvedere innings lay in tatters as they slumped to 103 for 7.Takyar and Maitland started to rebuild the innings as others were preoccupied with the now discovered theft and were able to move the score along to 132 before Maitland fell for 17, bringing the last wicket pairing of Billy Fear and John Lodge to the wicket.With most thinking only of amassing bonus points, Fear and Lodge turned on a performance usually seen in comic books only, as they batted like experienced campaigners belying their years.Timing their innings to perfection, both produced chanceless performances as they defended and attacked perfectly, rotating the strike and punishing the bad ball.Almost unnoticed the target was beckoning as the last wicket duo continued to amass the runs.Needing only five an over from the last four overs, Lodge took on the dominant role with exceptional support from young Fear. With Lodge hitting an enormous six in the penultimate over, Belvedere reached their target with five balls remaining as the last wicket had put on 51 and steered Belvedere to a famous victory and 29 points.Tasker Printers man of the match goes jointly to John Lodge and Billy Fear.

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