Uphill Castle suffer last-ball defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:11 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 25 August 2017

George Cox bowling for Uphill Castle.

George Cox bowling for Uphill Castle.

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Uphill Castle’s promotion hopes took a knock as they slipped to a last-ball defeat against Taunton Deane.

Uphill Castle entertained Taunton Deane looking to consolidate their promotion position, but came unstuck with a last ball five-wicket defeat.

Uphill won the toss and elected to bat first and got off to a poor start, losing early wickets and at 30-3 were in trouble and by the drinks interval the score had moved onto 66-4 off 22 overs.

The innings never really got going, but Andy Llewellyn (40) and Kieran Ward (33 not out) carried on from where they left off last week and at the end of the 45 overs, Castle finished on 169-7.

Taunton Deane got off to a good start and at 80-0 were in control, but Uphill to their credit, did not give up and got a couple of wickets and slowed the run rate down with Ward, Marcus Bail (2-29) and Steve Philips (2-30) all bowling well.

Taunton started to wobble, but they needed 5fiveto win off the last over and did it off the last ball in am entertaining game.

This leave Uphill three points clear of the chasing pack, but they know two wins from the last two games will guarantee promotion, starting with Street away on Saturday. Autosmart man of match was Kieran Ward.

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