Castle register its first win of the season

PUBLISHED: 09:36 17 June 2011

Tom Mosling batting for Uphill.

Tom Mosling batting for Uphill.

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Uphill Castle get their season going with a first victory over Stapleton.

UPHILL Castle got their season up and running with a spirited win at home to Stapleton.

Losing the toss, Uphill were inserted on what turned out to be a difficult wicket. After the loss of an early wicket, Lambert and Belcher looked to build, but both were back in the pavilion in quick succession.

At 40-3 and with a disciplined attack making runs hard to come by, Uphill were reliant on Tom Moseling. With a dogged defence mixed with some boundaries, Moseling was able to see off the dangerous bowlers with the help of Chris Davidson.

Davidson was leg before in the 38th over, followed quickly by Andy Lewellyn, but with wickets in hand, Marcus Bail (17) and Jason Lane (18) were able to chip in with some lusty blows to push Uphill to 150-9 at the break.

Moseling was run out for an invaluable 46. Pick of the bowlers was Steve Leonard, who bowled 15 overs for just 19 runs.

Opening bowlers Gary Kennedy and George Cox got Uphill off to the perfect start. With pressure building from both ends, Cox quickly removed both Williams and Purchase lbw.

Shortly before drinks, Stapleton were ahead at 50-2 before Gary Kennedy bowled Matt Chidgey for a deserved wicket. A brisk 14 from Phillips looked like taking the game away, but Kennedy found the stumps again.

Stapleton captain Daniel Chard hung around for a well fought 53, but he too fell to the nagging Kennedy as he top edged, held by an excellent Oultram catch. Jason Lane then removed Coombes, caught by Oultram to leave Stapleton at 98-6.

Danger man Andy Chidgey forced to bat down the order due to injury hit a quick 16, but Chris Davidson found his outside edge and John Davidson took a sharp catch standing up.

Lane removed Steve Leonard lbw before Davidson removed his brother Matt’s middle stump. With tension building and the crowd cheering them on, Castle held their nerve as Oultram took his third catch to top off a good spell from Lane leaving them victorious by 12 runs.

The bowling unit was outstanding and bowled with great discipline, in particular Gary Kennedy, while Tom Oultram and Andre Belcher led in the field. Special mention must go to John Davidson who conceded just two byes on a wicket with inconsistent pace and bounce.

Nick Evans will be delighted to see the effort and belief that won promotion last season return to the team, and Jon Lambert will be expecting more of the same this week at high flying Bedminster.

■ Uphill 2nd X1 continued their run of poor form when they were soundly beaten by Stapleton.

Struggling with late cry offs, things were compounded when Uphill were inserted on a drying wicket. Williiams and Hodder saw off the new ball and grafted 30 for the first wicket before Williams was run out.

Hodder got his head down and continued his good form reaching 50. Useful contributions from Owen (18), Dibben (18) and Loud (16) saw Uphill to 163.

Due to a succession of full tosses and long hops, Stapleton reached 45 from four overs. The introduction of Mark Patch stemmed the tide, as he rolled back the years taking 2-26 from 10 overs.

Sadly no support from the opposite end was forthcoming as Stapleton raced to the total in the 24th over for the loss of three wickets, with 137 runs coming from the 14 overs not bowled by Patch.

■ Crusaders captain Tim Holt won the toss and inserted Long Sutton on a damp wicket. Opening bowlers Hallam Bickell and Holt kept a tight rein on the batsmen, Holt claiming an early wicket.

Dave Kelley bowled unchanged to record good figures of 2-25 off 12 overs. He was ably supported by the veteran Cox and the young 
all-rounder Ewen Kennedy (1-24). Hallam Bickell came back at the 
end of the innings and while not getting a wicket, bowled well for 11 overs as Long Sutton finished on 141-6.

Crusaders lost Tristan Keight early on, but Sam Frost and Kennedy put on a stand of 53 before Frost was out for 38. Kennedy was next to go for 23, followed by Adam Brown, who played a solid knock of 20.

Dave Bickell chipped in with a typically belligerent 25 not out, being joined at the end by son Hallam, who finished on nine not out. Crusaders won by six wickets, taking 34 points.

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