Comfortable victory for Castle youngsters

Uphill Castle Under-15s comfortably beat Banwell & Churchill by eight wickets.

UPHILL Castle Under-15s travelled to Banwell & Churchill and comfortably won by eight wickets.

Uphill won the toss and decided to field, Banwell started solidly and reached 14 without loss after six overs. However, wickets started to tumble when Davies and Singal were brought into the bowling attack.

Davies ripped through the middle order taking four wickets, while Signal managed three, both from four overs. Mathews came into the attack and immediately took two wickets, reducing Banwell to 39-9. The final wicket went to Miller, who finished with impressive figures of 1-3 runs off 3.2 overs.

Uphill started badly by losing Miller first ball of the innings. That brought Chapman to the crease to join Holyday, who scored seven before being caught. At this point Uphill were 12-2 off three overs, but Williams steadied the ship.

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In the end, Castle reached the target inside seven overs with Holyday on 10 not out and Williams on four.

The Under-11s were beaten at Claverham by 59 runs. Batting first, Uphill made 245-6 (Barrington) with Myles Bliss making 10*, Charlie Harding 16 (net 10) and Tommy Carter 9 (net 3). Dan Moss (5*), Matthew James (3*), Lewis Elvey and Charlie Huke all remained unbeaten.

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For the hosts, Louis Woodland took an impressive 3-5, with Calum Watts (1-14) and Bailey Kempster (1-12) being the other wicket takers.

Bailey Kempster (17*) and Jake Maine (13*) gave Claverham an excellent start and Louis Woodland (8*), Samuel Toole (5*) and Max Andrews (4*) all chipped in to take the hosts past 300.

Lewis Elvey (2-8) bagged a couple of wickets, but otherwise it was a disappointing all-round team performance with Caverham closing on 304-3.

The Four Fifty Partnership player of the match was awarded jointly to Myles Bliss and Lewis Elvey.

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