Castle cruise to comfortable victory to keep promotion hopes alive

PUBLISHED: 09:26 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 19 August 2016

Uphill's Tom Llewellyn and Cheddar WK Scott Harris.

Uphill's Tom Llewellyn and Cheddar WK Scott Harris.

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Uphill Castle defeat Taunton Deane 2nd XI to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Uphill Castle bounced back to winning ways with a deserved victory over Taunton Deane 2nd XI.

On another stunning day at the Castle, skipper Kieran Ward decided to bat first and Uphill started smoothly when Luke Bliss (10) and George Chapman (20) moved along nicely, but slipped from 40-0 to 61.

George Cox (16) batted maturely and Tommy Llewellyn (56) got his maiden fifty, hitting three sixes along the way. Ward (20) and Markus Bail (22) batted well as Uphill finished on 209 to gain maximum batting points.

Cox (9-6-12-5) bowled his best spell of the year to remove the Taunton opener in the first over. He then removed the other opener when he was caught by Ward and Chapman took a catch off Cox to remove the number four.

Bliss (9-3-18-1) bowled tightly from the other end and got a wicket when he bowled the Taunton number five. Matthews (5-0-18-0) was unlucky not to take a wicket as he swung the ball and caused problems.

Bail (9-1-46-1) took over from Bliss and took a wicket with his first ball. Ward (7-0-28-3) chipped in with wickets after two catches from Bail and a stunning catch from Holyday behind the sticks.

Cox finished proceedings when he took two wickets to claim his first five-wicket haul of the season and Taunton were all out for 129.

With other results going their way, Uphill will be promoted if they win their remaining three games. Man of the match was Tom Llewellyn.

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