Uphill Seconds fall short by just 10 runs

PUBLISHED: 09:43 13 May 2011

Andy  Llewellyn.

Andy Llewellyn.

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Uphill Castle 2nd XI lost their opening league fixture by just 10 runs.

UPHILL Castle seconds travelled to Minehead for their opening fixture in the WEPL Bristol & Somerset 2nd XI Division, and came away with a 10 run defeat.

After winning the toss, captain Andy Llewellyn put the home side into bat on an overcast day. This looked to be a good decision as Minehead were reduced to 49-4 after good opening spells from Gary Kennedy (13-4-67-5) and Andy leech (10-0-51-1), aided by good catches from Mark Hodder, George Kimmins and Ian Tasker.

The bowling and fielding became a bit wayward after this and Minehead’s fifth wicket stand contributed 172, enabling Minehead to post a score of 273-7.

Uphill innings started slowly, with Mark Hodder (11), Andre Belcher (10), Ian Tasker and Tom Oultram all going cheaply with the score at 48-4.

Uphill looked in trouble but Llewellyn and Gareth Williams started to turn things round before Williams was out for 22. Valuable contributions from Marcus Bail (16) and Matt Humphries (36) got Uphill back into the game, needing 15 runs off the last two overs.

Unfortunately, Llewellyn was out for 104 and the game ended with Uphill 10 runs short and Uphill gaining eight points. Specsavers man of the match was Andy Llewellyn

■ Uphill Castle Cavaliers were robbed of a victory when their match at Barrington was rained off after tea.

Skipper Nigel Cook inserted the hosts after winning the toss. Pete Jobling struck in the first over bowling Pitman for a duck with the fourth ball of the innings. Jobling and Tony Moore kept the pressure on the batsmen, who struggled to 37-1 from 17 overs.

James Holt achieved a further breakthrough with a craftily directed full toss. George Chapman and Bob Hurford then took four wickets each, supported by five catches in the field and two stumpings from Rob Owen. Barrington finally capitulated in the 38th over for 118.

Hurford (4-15) and Chapman (4-31) were rewarded with the wickets, but plaudits went to Jobling who took 1-10 from nine overs.

The Cavaliers were looking forward eagerly to launching their reply, but the heavens opened after tea and had to settle for 22 points.

Specsavers man of the match was George Chapman.

■ Crusaders skipper Tim Holt lost the toss and Wells chose to field. Castle’s openers Mark Plummer and the young debutant Rob Latham gave Crusaders a solid start and put on 57 for the first wicket.

Latham was the first to go for 11, bowled by the wily Wells skipper Speed. Plummer was then joined by another young debutant, Connor Davidson. The pair added 41 runs, Davidson making 17 with a couple of lusty blows.

Another old boy Dave Harding then joined Plummer and the scoring accelerated. Harding was out for a quickfire 44. Dave Bickell came to the crease and made a typically belligerent 20 runs from only 12 balls faced.

Plummer made his way to an excellent century and the innings concluded with Crusaders totalling 225-7, Plummer unbeaten on 112.

Unfortunately the rain then came and the game was concluded as a rain affected draw, Crusaders getting 22 points and Wells 19.

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