Chris leads Uphill to local derby victory

PUBLISHED: 09:39 17 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:36 24 May 2010

UPHILL Castle won the toss against Clevedon and John Davidson elected to bat on an overcast day. With little between the teams at the lower end of the table, both were looking for a much needed win

UPHILL Castle won the toss against Clevedon and John Davidson elected to bat on an overcast day. With little between the teams at the lower end of the table, both were looking for a much needed win. The opening pair of Sam Trego and Chris Davidson made a steady start against the disciplined Clevedon openers. Trego was the first to fall early on, mistiming a drive and being caught in the covers. This brought in the ever reliable Tom Moffat and he and Davidson looked to occupy the crease to provide the big hitting middle order the chance to free their arms towards the end and when Moffat brought up his 50 and the 100 partnership with a sweetly timed boundary, the game looked to sway to towards the home side. Soon after Davidson followed to his 50, pulling Loveridge to boundary. The pair then set about increasing the run rate and were soon on top of the Clevedon attack with boundaries coming regularly. Eventually Moffat went for an outstanding 80, ending a superb 170 run partnership which brought Luke Bliss to the middle. Davidson followed soon after for an excellent 85 and it was left to John Davidson and Bliss to take Castle to 249 and to a commanding position. Pick of the Clevedon bowlers was Purnell claiming 2-39.The attack of Moffat and Davidson failed to make the early breakthrough and when Jenkins and Moore took the game to the Castle bowlers, the total looked well within reach. However as the openers looked more and more dangerous up stepped vice-captain Luke Bliss who removed both within an over, one a spectacular tumbling catch in the deep by veteran Andre Cox. Soon after John Davidson stumped Rob Cunliffe off the bowling of Trego and although several Clevedon players reached double figures, the run rate was always climbing and the wickets fell regularly. Bliss and Trego finished with four victims a piece in a brilliant 30-over spell. The game was finally over in the 48th over when Hawkes was run out leaving the visitors 75 runs short. Mirage Interiors man of the match went to Chris Davidson for a fine batting display.

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