Castle maintain unbeaten home record

Uphill Castle maintained their unbeaten home record with an excellent home win over league leaders Street.

UPHILL Castle entertained unbeaten league leaders Street hoping to maintain their 100 per cent home record.

Street got off to a solid start thanks to Bartlett (43) and Trotman (19), despite the genuine pace of Simon Webster The breakthrough came with the introduction of Mike Hudson (2-56) who had Trotman caught by Luke Bliss at mid-wicket.

The introduction of the impressive 16-year-old Kieran Ward before drinks had an impact as he removed Bartlett Andrew Veal (57) and James Bisgrove (57 not out) put on a significant stand to see Street pass 200.

In-between Luke Bliss bowled a tight spell, backed up by Sam Brewer and George Cox. Hudson returned to claim his second wicket, but some late hitting saw Street amass 262-4 from their 50 overs.

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Castle’s start got off to a disastrous start as they found themselves 9-3 from just seven overs. Bliss (73) and Tom Oultram (45) put on 155 for the fourth wicket. The Uphill late order batted fantastically, led by Alex Winn.

With support from Ward and Hudson, Castle still 30 required from four overs and only one wicket remaining. Webster supported Winn excellently and then hit a four in the final over to spark big celebrations.

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Big performances came from Ward, Hudson, Oultram and Alex Winn, but Bliss took the Beachlands man of the match award for another fine all-round performance.


A Bartlett b Ward 43

B Trotman c Bliss b Hudson 19

J Linter c Cox b Ward 30

A Veal c Winn b Hudson 57

J Bisgrove not out 58

J Western not out 29

Extras 26

Total (4 wkts) 262

Bowling: G Cox 7-0-39-0; S Webster 4-0-15-0; M Hudson 10-0-56-2; S Brewer 10-1-52-0; L Bliss 10-1-36-0; K Ward 7-2-37-2; A Winn 2-0-26-0.


A Belcher c Hallows b Higgs 2

S Winn c Cox b Hallows 1

J Lambert b Hallows 0

L Bliss lbw Bradshaw 73

T Oultram b Bartlett 44

S Brewer lbw Bartlett 10

A Winn not out 50

K Ward b Hallows 9

G Cox c Trotman b Higgs 4

M Hudson run out 11

S Webster not out 10

Extras 49

Total (9 wkts) 263

The Seconds beat league leaders Street by five wickets, completing the game just before the rain set in.

Asking Street to bat on a good wicket and fast outfield Street got off to a flying start reaching 50 off the eighth over. Some excellent fielding from Watts resulted in a run out. Three balls later, Dowden holed out to Williams and Uphill were back in the game.

Hill (59) was the mainstay of the Street innings and they looked on course for a score of 250 plus before Uphill hauled themselves back into the game as Street collapsed to 194 all out with wickets for Bail (3-55), Watts (3-43) and Kennedy (3-27).

With heavy rain forecast, Uphill got off to a flying start racing to 52 in seven overs before Hodder was given out lbw. Bail (46) and Watts (65) took the game away from Street and with Tasker scoring a rapid 38, Uphill reached the target in the 33rd over.

The Beachlands Hotel man of the match was Hayden Watts.

Uphill Cavaliers made the short trip to Winscombe and decided to bowl first. Winscombe amassed 298-8 with captain Bowder (108) and Shepherd (78) the stars after early wickets put Uphill in a good position.

The young bowling attack of Holt, Bickell, Davidson and Chapman stuck to their task well with Bickell coming out on top with four wickets. Veteran Hurford bowled 12 overs and took three wickets.

Uphill started well in response with Davidson striking the ball to all parts with Kuht providing solid support. Aided by a lot of extras the pair put on 130 before the loss of the first wicket, Davidson going for 68 including 14 boundaries.

Kuht was run out for 24 and further wickets fell before Brown (29) and Latham (25) put on a good stand as Uphill finished on 225-8.

Beachlands Hotel man of the match Kyran Davidson.

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