Welcome victory for Belvedere

BELVEDERE recorded a much needed victory by defeating Wellington by 44 runs.

BELVEDERE recorded a much needed victory by defeating Wellington by 44 runs.

Belvedere lost the toss and were asked to bat on a damp track offering assistance to the bowlers. The home side shrugged off the loss of Gary Gullick as Anup Kolambkar and Kevin Burgess put on 56 runs for the next wicket.

Burges was dismissed for 24 which brought Rob Tasker to the crease and he and Kolambkar looked in good form, punishing any bad bowling. Kolambkar hit a fine 50 before being caught for 56. Tasker made a superb 71, running singles well and also smashing five fours and three sixes. Neil Chadwick (33) and Ray Dibben (21 not out) ensured Belvedere received maximum batting points, the innings closing on an impressive 225-5.

Wellington never looked like reaching Belvedere's total as Brian Hosey and Joe Gadd tore into the batting. Hosey was rewarded with fine figures of 4-23, Ian Tasker and Ray Dibben holding fine catches to provide support for Hosey. Rob Watts also took four wickets as Wellington struggled. A fine eighth-wicket stand put on 98 which gave the Wellington reply a touch of respectability, but Kolambkar and Watts finished off the innings to give Belvedere maximum points.

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Tasker Printers man of the match went to Rob Tasker for a fine batting display.

Belvedere A lost the toss at Priory and were put in to bat. Wickets fell slowly although East Huntspill bowled and fielded well. Belvedere were eventully dismissed for 139, Adam Cooper (51), Ashley Woodall (17) and Sam Neate (18) the main contributors.

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Belvedere took the field after tea and Nittin Taykar and Neil Parks opened the bowling. Parks recorded figures of 12-1-44-3 and Taykar 10-1-33-1. A good all-round performance but not good enough to keep runs down East Huntspill finished on 140-6 as Belvedere suffered another loss. Tasker Printers man of the match was Neil Parks.

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