Veterans guide Belvedere home
PUBLISHED: 09:25 26 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:29 24 May 2010
BELVEDERE gained maximum points and defeated Brent Knoll by 62 runs in an entertaining afternoon's cricket dominated by two superb centuries. Brent Knoll won the toss and opted to field in perfect batting conditions. Neil Chadwick and Aaron Mott soon set
BELVEDERE gained maximum points and defeated Brent Knoll by 62 runs in an entertaining afternoon's cricket dominated by two superb centuries.Brent Knoll won the toss and opted to field in perfect batting conditions. Neil Chadwick and Aaron Mott soon set about the opposition bowling with an array of attacking strokes. Mott's innings came to an end courtesy of a superb catch by Vowles off the bowling of Dalvi. Belvedere struggled as Isgar and Lewis bowled tight lines and Isgar was rewarded for a good spell with the wicket of Chadwick, three runs short of his half century. The wickets ended there though as Gary Gullick and Ian Tasker batted superbly throughout the rest of the innings. Gullick smashed 15 fours and four sixes in a terrific innings of 124 and was ably supported by Tasker who finished undefeated on 82. The partnership was worth 204 runs out of a total of 295, a fantastic effort by the club veterans.Brent Knoll looked to attack from the start which provided plenty of opportunities for the fielding side. Brian Hosey took the first two wickets, Dave Taylor holding a skier to dismiss Lewis and Isgar being bowled. Matt Huxtable's pace caused plenty of problems and the young speedster was rewarded with two wickets, both slip catches. The left arm spin of Taylor forced two more wickets leaving Brent Knoll in deep trouble on 88-6. Haydn Thomas replaced Taylor and continued the wicket taking by removing Vowles and when Ashton fell victim to Rob Statham with the score on 130 it seemed an early finish was likely.However, Kotas took the attack to the home side, blasting boundary after boundary and received good support from Massingham and it seemed an unlikely fightback was gaining momentum until Taylor returned to dismiss Massingham. Kotas was eventually dismissed by Statham for a fantastic 122 ensuring Brent Knoll picked up maximum batting points. Tasker Printers man of the match was Gary Gullick for a fantastic batting display.