CRICKET: Belvoir lose friendly after good start

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Trent College 163-7

Belvoir 121

The day started well for Belvoir in their second pre-season warm-up game, with accurate nippy bowling from Joe Bottomley, Danny Gibson and Phil Irvine (2-41) sharing the first three wickets as Trent College fell to 3-39 in 16 overs.

All three succumbed to good catches with Josh Sharpe’s at second slip being the pick.

However, Trent’s captain Matt Young (28) and Tom Hill (38) embarked on a spirited recovery, scoring 51 from 53 balls for the fourth wicket. They scored 10 fours between them, some of them of excellent quality for so early in the season. They were both snaffled by keeper Ryan Lewis (two catches and a stumping) off Olly Elson’s (2-29) nagging spinners.

The Doleman brothers, Harvey (28 at a run-a-ball) and Will (18) made up the bulk of the rest of the innings.

After the early loss of Jack Copley, Harry Adams (20) and Ryan Lewis took Belvoir’s reply to 36 till the latter was bowled a jagging delivery from Tim Wyatt.

Adams had just started to play with confidence, having scored a couple of good boundaries when he too was bowled by a difficult delivery, this time from James Towndrow (2-22).

Dan Wilson played correctly and his confidence was growing too when he became the fourth victim, bowled by a nastily moving ball. He and the punchy Phil Irvine (top scorer with 24) had rallied Belvoir to 95-5 before the introduction of Trent College’s sixth choice bowler Eoin Bowley (4-10) who castled them both.

Dan Gibson (11no) smacked and scampered some hopeful runs at the end, but Belvoir fell 43 runs short of their target.