BELSTONE welcomed touring side Harrow Wayfarers to Rew Meadow on August 3 for a rain-reduced evening match of 18 overs a side played on a damp, green wicket.
Openers Ryan and Matt Dennis got the home side off to a fine start with a partnership of 73 before Matt was stumped by keeper Shave off McLaughlin for 37, which included four boundaries and a six.
This prompted a collapse as three more wickets fell in the next over to J Baron, including Ryan Dennis who was bowled by one that kept low for 33. Baron also picked up wickets in his third and fourth overs to finish with excellent figures of 5-9 as the scoring dried right up in the second half of the innings, the last five overs producing just ten runs as Belstone ended on 105-6.
Harrow openers Pollard and Atkinson put on 18 for the first wicket but took five overs to make them and then they were both out in quick succession, caught at mid-on by Alex Jopling off full tosses from left-armer Andy King. Jopling followed up with a third catch and King chipped in with two catches at mid-off as the visitors struggled to up the run rate, led by Shave and Buckfield’s good running between the wickets.
However, when Buckfield was run out by the ever-present Jopling for 14 and Shave was stumped by Matt Dennis for 29 the innings petered out well short to give Belstone a 28 run win.
Belstone beat Harrow Wayfarers by 28 runs.
Belstone v Hatherleigh
THE following evening Hatherleigh arrived at Rew Meadow for a low-scoring cup game where most of the batsmen found it hard to adapt to playing on the seldom-used all-weather strip — that and the slow outfield led to only five fours being hit out of 184 runs scored.
The visitors got away to a poor start losing four wickets in the first five overs with only 11 on the board, as Ryan Dennis returned his best figures of the season, three for six from three overs.
Callum Mallett, returning for his first game since retiring hurt in the opening game of the season, picked up one wicket, but Gareth Tidball held the middle order together with an unbeaten 28 and Matt Thomas showed how the wicket should be played with a late onslaught for 25 not out, but the 20-over total of 95 for eight looked eminently gettable by a Belstone side unbeaten in their ten previous evening games this season.
Belstone took their time to get going as opener Chris Walpole managed 12 singles in ten overs but two successive sixes from Matt Dennis (22) put them back on course at 52 for two in the eleventh.
Andy Hooper (13) hit some lusty blows but the turning point of the match came when Ryan Dennis slipped over on the all-weather to be run out for his first duck of the season, followed next ball when skipper Richard Drake chipped to Sharp at midwicket off Thomas (3-0-9-3) for a golden duck – suddenly Belstone had gone from 75-4 to 77-8. There were still 22 balls left to score the 19 runs needed but it remained hard to get the ball away; the Hatherleigh bowlers kept good control to register a six run victory, and inflict a first evening defeat of the season on Belstone.
Hatherleigh beat Belstone by six runs.