Castle youngsters record first victory

Uphill Castle Under-11s won their first game of the season against Cleeve.

UPHILL Castle Under-11s scored their first win of the season in defeating Cleeve by 42 runs.

Put into bat, Uphill were given a good start by skipper Dominic Boardman (10*) and his brother Guy. Charlie Harding (8*) and Tommy Carter (5*) kept up the tempo and with the less experienced players protecting their wickets well, Castle closed on a respectable 282-3 (Barrington).

For Cleeve, Ben Jones was the pick of the bowlers with 1-7 off three overs, also taking a catch.

Dan Moss (1-2) and Guy Boardman (1-3) made early in roads and Uphill continued to take wickets regularly through the innings, with Tom Biggs (1-6), Tommy Carter (1-5) and Alfie Calcutt (1-13) each chipping in.

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Charlie Biggs bowled two maidens with good accuracy. Emily Parsons contributed 5*, before the final pair of Ben Jones (16 net 10) and Charlie Bond (5*) took the attack to Uphill. However, Dominic Boardman (1-12) bowled Jones and restricted visitors Cleeve to 240-6.

The Four Fifty Partnership man of the match went to skipper Dominic Boardman, with Dan Moss being awarded the most improved player.

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WESTON Under-15s welcomed a strong Nailsea side to the East Ground and although the match was played on the artificial wicket, the game went to the last ball.

Openers of Wiseman (20) and Mayo for once faltered and Bradley fell soon after, but Evans (49 not out) and Harper (33 not out) put on an unbeaten stand of 99 as they finished on 141-3.

The Nailsea openers got off to a good start, leaving Weston with a need for wickets as Thompson (84) in a class of his own. Opening bowlers Beddington (4-13-3) and Bradley (4-39), picked up wickets and Morgan, Tulip and Evans (3-14-2) all bowled well with good fielding by Grandfield in the deep.

However, with Thompson at the crease it looked forlorn, finally Evans got him which brought new batsmen to the crease with four overs to go. The game came to life with some inspired captaincy from Wiseman and Harper, the fielding closed up and catches from Morgan, Greed and Bradley and keeper Harper saw the game go in the last over with the visitors needing seven.

The responsibility was given to Dan Press and he responded with two wicket for just three runs as Weston won by four runs.

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