Lympsham & Belvedere start at Cheddar after beating Bridgend Town

Lympsham & Belvedere after their game with Uphill Castle at Lympsham Sports Club ground.

Lympsham & Belvedere after their game with Uphill Castle at Lympsham Sports Club ground last summer. - Credit: Josh Thomas

Lympsham & Belvedere start the Somerset League Division Two season with a short trip to Cheddar on Saturday.

And they do so on the back of a friendly win over Bridgend Town, who provided competitive opposition as a late replacement.

The visitors began positively, but A Taylor (2-43) struck in quick succession to dismiss S Wood (12) and M Moruzzi (0), who was well caught at slip by Chadwick.

T Dalton and S Pearce (17) steadied the ship before S McCrea (1-21) had the latter caught behind by the impressive M Grute, with T Gooding (1-29) then removing T Dalton (22), again caught at the wicket to make it 73-4.

T Smith and J Davies batted sensibly as Gooding and N Chadwick bowled tight spells, with the latter removing Smith (30) caught behind.

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J Luff (2-47) trapped T Jones leg before and bowled Davies as he looked to attack, as Chadwick (3-14) dismissed R Owen (15) and A Cogbill (0).

G Nuttycombe (1-1) came on and closed out the Bridgend innings on 168, having also impressed in the field along with J Howson and Grute.

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L&B lost openers M Hosey (8) and J Howson (4) to the skiddy T Jones, who bowled a good opening spell, but J Luff and D Luff steadied the ship batting steadily against accurate bowling

J Luff (32) looked in good touch but was caught at the wicket by R Owen off A Reed (2-37), who also had S McCrea (4) superbly caught low down by S Wood in the covers.

D Luff (24) continued to bat nicely alongside the powerful G Nuttycombe, hitting boundaries at will down the ground, but fell leg before to J Davies.

The returning T Jones made an instant impact as he had Nuttycombe (36) caught at mid-off and bowled M Grute (9) to leave L&B 132-7, but N Chadwick (26) joined T Gooding (5) and saw the hosts home in the 36th over.

Wicketkeeper Grute said: "It is great to be back playing again after nearly two seasons out of action, I'm really looking forward to the season ahead and think the playing squad is in a good place."

Nuttycombe added: "I'm looking forward to pushing for a spot in the first-team batting line-up. I have some school games up until the end of May then I will be back looking to continue with my good pre-season form in a L&B shirt."

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