Wellington too strong for Belvedere

Belvedere crash to defeat at Wellington.

BELVEDERE’S trip to Wellington proved a tough one, as a well organised home side came away with the victory.

Having lost the toss, Belvedere were asked to bat first and the innings began well as Chadwick and Ashfield looked to see off the new ball.

Ashfield was first to go skying to mid off for 12. Wickets fell at regular intervals as Huxtable and Gadd fell to De Save and Bunce. Chadwick (37) was well caught on the mid wicket boundary off Lee, leaving Belvedere in trouble at 63-4.

With Wellington bowling the spin trio of Bunce, Short and Moysey, Belvedere found it difficult to score freely. Rob Newman showed great patience in batting his way to a fine 26 under pressure. Watts and Jones both succumbed looking to push the score along. Young McCrea (28 not out) and Hosey batted intelligently as they managed to get Belvedere up to a final score of 138-9 off 45 overs.

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With Wellington having bowled their overs quickly, Belvedere went out to field for seven overs before tea. This worked in Belvedere’s favour as captain Short was well caught by Newman off Hosey in the second over.

McCrea was soon into the action again as he had Rexworthy caught by Ashfield for 12, leaving the game well balanced at tea.

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After tea, Holloway and Trott began to rebuild the innings as Belvedere struggled to take wickets. The reintroduction of Taylor had immediate rewards as he had Holloway caught and bowled and Trott caught behind by Jones to give Belvedere hope.

Wellington’s Latifi began to take the game away from Belvedere and won with over 10 overs to spare. Hancock, Newman and Ashfield provided lots of energy in the field setting the standard for future games.

Despite losing, there were notable performances from Taylor (2-33), McCrea (1-26) and Ashfield, who bowled without luck. Buildbase man of the match went to all-rounder Sam McCrea.

? Belvedere A travelled to East Huntspill looking for their first victory of the season.

Having won the toss and inserted the home team into bat, they got off to a flying start with opening bowlers Jamie Britton (1-18) and Dave Fairhurst (2-17) both picking up early wickets, Sam Neate, CJ Neate and Jon Lodge all holding catches.

Sam Jennings (1-23) and Lodge (1-22) came on first change and both took wickets. CJ Neate (0-19) kept things controlled at one end, whilst Sam Neate (4-43) helped bowl out the hosts for 150.

Belvedere never looked like troubling the scorers and suffered a collapse with Sam Neate and Jon Lodge top scoring with 12 and David Long hitting eight, the Belvedere batsman struggled and were all out for 67. Buildbase man of the match was Sam Neate.

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