Castle fall just short in basement battle

PUBLISHED: 09:52 01 July 2011

(click on image for larger view)  CRICKET:  Uphill Castle v Old Bristolians. WK Chris Disney celebrates Rupert Sweetman's dismissal.

(click on image for larger view) CRICKET: Uphill Castle v Old Bristolians. WK Chris Disney celebrates Rupert Sweetman's dismissal.

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Uphill Castle lost their latest league match by just one wicket in an exciting encounter.

UPHILL Castle entertained Old Bristolians & Westbury in this basement clash and was involved in a thrilling encounter.

Batting first, Uphill found themselves 12-2 with both openers back in the hut. Jon Lambert (24) played a gritty innings supported by Tom Moseling to rebuild, but the loss of Moseling and Matt Kearsey left Uphill struggling at 44-4.

Swetman picked up Lambert when he was caught at mid off and the aggressive Hayden Watts scored a quick 13 before he was stumped. A mix-up between the wickets saw Chris Disney run out soon after.

At 90-7, an all too familiar collapse seemed likely. However, Jason Lane pushed Uphill past 100 with a six, and eventually to 139 before he was bowled for an enterprising 31.

Davidson then manipulated the strike and brought up the 150, before letting loose. He hit Swetman for six down the ground before pulling Australian Knezevic to the fence to bring up a deserved 50.

In the last over Davidson bludgeoned Knezevic high over the clubhouse roof for an enormous six before being run out off the last ball for an excellent 61 closing the innings on 168.

Consecutive maidens got Uphill off to a good start before Baker hit some crisp boundaries. However, chasing a wide away swinger he played Davidson onto his stumps. Keznevic (27) attacked from the start but was bowled by Gary Kennedy.

Lane then removed Currell and captain James King saw three chances fall just short of sprawling fielders, but grinded out a solid innings.

Swetman supported him but when he was bowled by Kennedy, Uphill saw an opportunity as Westbury were reduced to 107-4. Kennedy had Jacobs caught by Lane in the gully before Davidson came back and bowled King for 39.

Matt Kearsey (2-22) dried an end up and was rewarded with the wickets of Graveney before Davidson (3-45) had Penny caught by Seb Winn. Kearsey then trapped Snelling lbw and with 20 needed and nine down, it looked like Uphill were destined for victory. However, Alex Harris 20 not out was able to guide OB’s home with eight balls and one wicket to spare.

Man of the match went to Chris Davidson.

■ The seconds travelled to league leaders Old Bristolians Westbury and came away with a disappointing 134-run defeat.

Old Bs won the toss and decided to bat. Opening bowlers George Cox and A Leech both bowled good spells. Wickets fell to Leech (1-29), George Kimmins (1-28), Andy Llewellyn (3-30) and Mark Patch (4-73).

Some good fielding and a tremendous catch by Mark Hodder plus two stumpings by Ray Dibben, restricted the home team to 236-9.

The Uphill innings got off to a disastrous start, and only two players reached double figures. Dibben scored 23 and Patch 14 as Uphill were bowled out for 102.

Specsavers man of the match was Ray Dibben.

■ Uphill Cavaliers gave a good account of themselves, despite losing to second placed Butleigh by 41 runs.

The home side chose to bat and were given a flying start by their openers as 54 runs were pillaged from the first 10 overs. It took a direct hit from Ian Tasker to make the breakthrough.

Castle struck again when Jake Llewellyn took a smart low catch at point off Nick Kuht to make it 72-2. Uphill were left to rue missing the hard-hitting Weeks on three occasions, as he went on to make 60.

Great credit is due to the accuracy of 15-year-old James Holt (0-27) off six overs and veteran Bob Hurford 3-41 from 12. Openers 16-year-old Nick Kuht (2-62) and Tony Moore (1-63) came back to constrain Butleigh to 226-8. Ian Tasker added another run out and took a difficult catch to exemplify the Cavaliers’ spirit in the field.

In reply, Castle struggled to 41-5 after 17 overs. However, the two Matt’s, Loud and Hill, put a gloss on to the innings with a brilliantly crafted stand of 130 in 20 overs, which put the visitors back in with a realistic chance with 57 required from the last seven overs, before Hill was out for 34.

Loud went on to a superbly struck career best 90 from 67 balls, including 11 fours, before he fell to a tired shot, which meant the game was up. Castle were eventually all out for 185 and garnered 17 points.

Specsavers man of the match was Matt Loud.

■ Crusaders skipper Dave Bickell lost the toss against Horrington and Uphill were inserted on a wet wicket at the Castle’s ground.

Horrington’s opening bowler Steve Lewis made the most of the conditions and Uphill were quickly in trouble at 16-4, with Lewis taking three of the wickets. However, veterans Palmer and Bickell slowly rebuilt the innings.

When Palmer was out having made 43, the pair had added 72 for the fifth wicket. Bickell then continued scoring runs on a difficult wicket and saw Crusaders through to 162 when he was out caught for 75.

The innings was given a boost at the end with a fine 26 not out from 15-year-old Keiron Ward as Uphill finished on 185-8.

Horrington had no answer to the Crusaders bowlers, Dave Wilcox taking 2-37 off 12 overs and Hallam Bickell taking 2-18 off of six. Keiron Ward then ripped out the middle of the order taking 3-18 from 6.3 overs.

Castle wrapped up the game, bowling Horrington out for 111 from 33.3 overs to gain 34 points.

Specsavers man of the match was young Keiron Ward.

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