Castle slump at Frome

Uphill Castle were defeated by 100 runs at Frome in their latest league match.

UPHILL Castle lost their latest league match, going down by 100 runs at Frome.

Batting first, the hosts totalled 226-7, with D Dredge (68) and C Smith (61) top scoring.

For Uphill, the pick of the bowlers was George Cox who bowled two excellent spells to finish with 3-34 from his 10 overs. He was well supported by Simon Webster who ended with figures of 10-2-47-3.

In reply, Uphill got off to a poor start losing three quick wickets. Sam Brewer was the pick of the batsman, top scoring with 40. He was helped out by Hayden Watts (16) and Webster (20), as the Castle slumped to 126 all out.

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T Leonard c A Winn b Webster 14

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C Smith c Lambert b Ward 61

S Lewis lbw Webster 1

D Dredge b Cox 68

P Sanger b Cox 34

C Dredge c Lambert b Cox 3

A Stonell not out 21

S Wheeler c S Winn b Webster 0

N Asim not out 2

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Total (7 wkts) 226

Bowling: G Cox 10-3-34-3; S Webster 10-2-47-3; A Winn 7-2-31-0; S Brewer 5-0-23-0; K Ward 10-1-53-1; M Bail 8-0-34-0.


A Belcher c Smith b Wheeler 0

S Winn c&b Wheeler 0

T Oultram c Sanger b Wheeler 3

J Lambert c&b Sanger 11

S Brewer lbw Hamblin 40

H Watts c Smith b Wheeler 16

A Winn b Wheeler 12

S Webster c Sanger b Hamblin 20

M Bail run out 7

K Ward b Asim 9

G Cox not out 0

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Total 126

Uphill Castle 2nd X1 lost against Burnham in a match on a different day they could have won.

Batting first, Uphill made 180-9 with 50s coming from Hodder (57) and Tasker (52) after the pair had added 96 in 23 overs. With Uphill on 142 with eight overs to go, a score in excess of 200 was likely, but the rest of Uphill’s innings crumbled as it subsided to 180-9 apart from a brief flurry from Dibben (13 not out).

With rain forecast, Burnham’s batsmen attacked from the off and Uphill’s bowlers struggled to contain the batsmen. Kennedy had House caught with the score on 10 to an excellent catch by Chapman.

Kathait came to the crease and hit everything until he was well caught for 49 one-handed by Williams, with the score on 79 in the 11th over.

Chapman (3-44) and Bliss (2-31) were the pick of Uphill’s bowlers, but Burnham continued their assault and reached Uphill’s total in the 37th over for the loss of six wickets.

Beachlands Hotel man of the match was shared by Hodder and Tasker.

Uphill Castle Cavaliers suffered another heavy defeat, away to Barton St David, though for the first time this season bowled the opposition out.

Barton’s Hant plundered 49 off 21 balls late on to boost the home score past 250. The bowlers manfully stuck to their guns. Opening pair Andy Leech and Hallam Bickell took two wickets each for 56 and 65 respectively.

Ashley Doyle weighed in with two useful wickets and James Holt finished with 3-50. Good catches were taken by Andy Leech, Bob Hurford and Steve Worrall, who also executed a fine run out.

Chasing 258, Castle were given a steady start by Steve Worrall (21) and Martin Palmer (16). Chris Oultram (26) and Ash Doyle (12) also looked good till getting out as the Uphill innings subsided to 138 all out.

The highlight was a mature knock of 21 from James Holt who batted for 17 overs, before being last out to a fine catch off another well-timed stroke.

Added to his contribution with the ball, Holt earned the Beachlands Hotel man of the match award.

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