Tough opening day defeat for Uphill Castle

PUBLISHED: 09:28 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 11 May 2018

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Picture: Thinkstock

DAVID MARIUZ

Uphill Castle crashed to defeat in their opening fixture of the season away at Frome.

Uphill Castle started their new season after promotion last year with a tough opening fixture away at Frome.

The home team won the toss and elected to bat on a green wicket, but with George Cox (1-27) and Andy Brooks (2-35), Uphill took early control of the game.

The introduction of Kieran Ward and Marcus Bail, who both bowled superbly, left Frome on 91-4 at drinks.

Uphill continued to take wickets but some late hitting from the lower batsmen resulted in Frome being bowled out for 189. The rest of the wickets went to Ward (3-28), Bail (1-28), Joe Gadd (1-20) and debutant Dayne Siede (1-41).

Uphill started their innings confidently with Andre Belcher (17) and Gadd (15) putting on 35 for the first wicket, but once they departed the innings collapsed with only George Cox top scoring with 29 and Castle were all out for 86 and a 103-run defeat.

This was a harsh lesson learnt in a tough league, but there were positives in the bowling and fielding to take into the next game at home to Bridgwater on Saturday.

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