George smashes a century in comprehensive Uphill Castle victory

PUBLISHED: 09:39 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:39 26 May 2017

George Cox scores 115 off 78 balls.

George Cox scores 115 off 78 balls.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

Uphill Castle returned from Taunton St Andrews with a comprehensive 153-run victory with George Cox smashing a 84-ball century.

Uphill Castle travelled to Taunton St Andrews 2nds looking to keep their unbeaten record intact and this they did in style by thumping the hosts by 153 runs.

Taunton won the toss and asked Uphill to bat first in a match reduced to 40 overs and after a steady start, lost Chapman, Philips and Tom Llewellyn and found themselves 40-3.

Seb Wynn (20) was next to go with the score on 54 and skipper Andy Llewellyn joined George Cox looking to rebuild the innings. After a short rain break, Cox quickly got into his stride, hitting a 84-ball hundred, hitting the bowlers to all parts of the ground and with good support from Llewellyn, who finished on 39 not out, Uphill scored 209-4.

After more rain at tea, Taunton’s overs were reduced to 31, so Uphill knew they had to start well and Andy Brooks (5-3-10-1) and Steve Philips (3-25), who bowled with real pace had the home struggling at 25-5.

The introduction of George Cox (2-11) and Marcus Bail (3-10), who were well supported in the field with some quality catches from Tom Llewellyn and Kieran Ward and wicketkeeper Jermain Jones’ two breathtaking catches, resulted in St Andrews being bowled out for 56 in the 16th over and maximum points.

A tremendous performance from Uphill, who look to continue their winning ways at home to Ashbrittle on Saturday. Autosmart man of the match was George Cox.

Uphill Castle seconds played out a hard-fought draw at home to Peasedown St John after the weather intervened.

Castle won the toss and opted to field, and made early inroads through Pete Jobling (2-36). But the visitors steadied the ship and posted a strong total of 217-7 from their 43 overs, with Lock top scoring with 60.

Luke Bliss bowled with excellent control to rack up figures of 2-16 from his nine overs, while skipper Sam Frost bowled tightly in the final stages of the innings to pick up 1-23.

But Frost was dismissed early in the reply, which was reduced to 35 overs, and Uphill were soon in trouble at 70-5. Asolid partnership of 67 from Kieran Chapman (34) and Bliss (53 not out) saw them to a final total of 147-6.

Man of the match was Luke Bliss.

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