Castle crushed by league leaders

PUBLISHED: 10:13 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:28 24 May 2010

UPHILL travelled to top of the league Stapleton looking for their first win of the season. Davidson won the toss and decided to bat, with a view to getting the best out of the conditions. But both openers went cheaply and this brought Tom Moffat and Luke

UPHILL travelled to top of the league Stapleton looking for their first win of the season. Davidson won the toss and decided to bat, with a view to getting the best out of the conditions. But both openers went cheaply and this brought Tom Moffat and Luke Bliss to the crease. Moffat looked in typical fine form and set about rebuilding the Castle innings. Bliss was caught with the score on 42, bringing keeper John Davidson in. He picked up the momentum for the team, but departed for 18 leaving Castle 80-4 just after drinks. Wickets continued to fall regularly, which encouraged Moffat to open up a bit. And he did just that as he hit five sixes into the neighbouring housing estate. Ed Bliss, down at nine, gave him good support, hitting 27. Moffat then skied one on 98 and unfortunately fell just two runs short of a well deserved hundred. Warman saw Castle over the 200-run mark before the innings closed with the final wicket of Slocombe. Uphill finished all out for 202, at least 50 runs light of a par score at that ground.Stapleton wasted no time setting about the Castle total, making better use of the short boundaries square. Davidson looked to mix it up giving bowlers short spells to try and make things happen. But this worked in the home sides favour, as they never let any bowler get into a rhythm.Castle veteran Slocombe showed he can still produce, with a good display of spin bowling lacking any luck. But opener Chidgey went through to a fine century in the 30th over, with the score already past the 150 mark.Warman came on to bowl and picked up Castle's only wicket, caught by Steve Cooke at backward point. But Leonard carried his bat to see Stapleton home in the 39th over scoring 71 not out.Castle's man of the match when to Aussie Tom Moffat for his knock of 98.

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