Castle lose to league leaders

PUBLISHED: 09:22 10 August 2012

Rob Tasker batting for Uphill Castle.

Rob Tasker batting for Uphill Castle.

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Uphill Castle travelled to league leaders Street and were comprehensively beaten.

UPHILL Castle lost to top of the table Street in a one-sided clash by 136 runs.

With thunderstorms threatening but never materialising, Street were asked to bat first. Uphill got off to an excellent start when Alex Winn and George Cox took early wickets leaving Street on 22-2.

A partnership of 117 between Veal (85) and Linter (88) took the game away from Uphill before Veal played a poor shot and was bowled by Rob Tasker.

Street accumulated runs and with the score on 160 off 30 overs, launched an assault on the Uphill bowling plundering a further 160 runs of the last 20 overs to finish on an imposing 320-7.

With the threat of rain disappearing, Uphill would struggle to reach this total, but 225 and maximum batting points was a realistic target.

Uphill’s batting followed the usual batting with eight batsmen reaching double figures with no-one making a big score.

Uphill had reached 181-6 in the 41st over and were poised to reach 225. The loss of Bickell signalled a swift end to proceedings as the last four wickets fell in an eight ball blitz leaving Uphill all out for 184 in the 42nd over.

Uphill’s Beachland’s Hotel man of the match was Alex Winn for his opening spell and top score of 32 runs.

STREET

J Linter b Williams 88

M Pope c Oultram b Winn 0

R Hill b Cox 10

A Veal b Tasker 85

J Bisgrove b Castle 31

J Cox c Williams b Cox 1

T Higgs not out 57

J Hallows c Bickell b Castle 9

M Higgs not out 0

Extras 39

Total (7 wkts) 320

Bowling: G Cox 10-0-50-2; A Winn 10-0-51-1; M Bail 10-1-57-0; R Tasker 10-0-50-1; B Castle 9-0-93-2; G Williams 1-0-7-1.

UPHILL CASTLE

M Bail lbw Higgs 0

A Belcher c Hill b Linter 17

R Tasker b Hallows 28

G Williams lbw Hallows 15

I Tasker st Cox b Bartlett 18

T Oultram b Bartlett 16

A Winn b Bartlett 32

D Bickell c Bisgrove b Higgs 12

G Cox b Higgs 1

R Dibben not out 0

B Castle lbw Bartlett 0

Extras 45

Total 184

The seconds earned a rain-affected draw against their high-riding opponents. With a wet ground and rain forecast, Castle won the toss and inserted their opponents in a game already reduced to 40 overs per side.

The Street openers made steady, if unspectacular progress against openers George Kimmins and James Holt.

The introduction of evergreen Mark Patch produced a wicket with a stumping by Owen. Uphill dropped opener Trotman twice, who went on to score 105 not out. Holt returned for a second spell and took a wicket as Street finished on 175-4.

Holt returned 2-38 off nine overs in a tidy display and Patch recorded 1-37 off his 10 overs.

Uphill’s innings was reduced to 30 overs before the heavens finally opened with Castle on 47-3, securing a useful 18 points from the draw.

Beachlands Hotel man of the match was James Holt.


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