Castle seconds secure derby victory off the last ball

Uphill Castle 2nd XI caused the shock of the day when they defeated promotion favourites Lympsham off the last ball of the innings.

THE seconds travelled the short distance to promotion favourites Lympsham and caused the shock of the day when producing a last-ball three wicket win.

After winning the toss, Andy Llewellyn put Lympsham into bat after overnight rain. This paid off with Lympsham 3-2 after four overs but skipper Jack Luff (50) and Parsons (43) led the recovery. The Uphill bowlers kept plugging away, but some excellent middle order batting from Hayden Tuttiett (76) and Rich Ford (39 not out) helped Lympsham to 245-7 off their 45 overs.

The Uphill bowlers shared the wickets, with one each for Andy Llewellyn, Jobling, Frost, Leech and Tommy Llewellyn (3-40).

The Uphill innings got off to a slow start against some accurate bowling and only Mark Hodder (16) getting runs and at 57-5 off 25 overs, Uphill looked out of it.

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But Ian Tasker and 14-year-old Tommy Llewellyn had other ideas and started to attack the home bowling. Suddenly, the Lympsham bowlers started to panic and Uphill got back into the game.

When Llewellyn was out for 81, including 11 fours and three sixes, he and Tasker (78) had put on 165 for a record-breaking sixth wicket stand.

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When Tasker got out, Uphill needed 10 off two overs and Ray Dibben and another 14-year-old, Brad Patch, hit a four off the last ball for a memorable victory.

Autosmart man of the match was Tom Llewellyn.

THE 3rd XI continued their rise up the league table with a roller-coaster ride of a game at Ilminster.

The Cavaliers were put into bat by Ilminster and lost Martin Palmer for no score early on. Paul Kuht (23) and Ben Castle (20) added 52 for the next wicket before a collapse left Castle on 71-6.

Rob Newman (29) joined Dave Bickell (59) at the crease and the experienced pair put on a cultivated batting display and stand of 83 with sensible shot playing and selective as Uphill finally finished on 166 all out in the final over.

Ilminster started their innings at a canter with boundaries coming thick and fast with both openers riding their luck, but wickets were gained at regular intervals thanks to the accurate seam of Matt Davis (5-29), the spinning variation of Jacob Matthews (4-32) and quality fielding.

With the Uphill total coming under threat, the vital wicket of opener Davies (75), who batted agggressively, was taken by Matt Davis and was caught in the slips by Castle. This virtually finished Ilminster’s chance of winning, and their innings succumbed quickly to 128 all out in 30 overs.

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