Last pair frustrate Uphill Castle
PUBLISHED: 10:55 15 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 24 May 2010
AT Dial Hill, Clevedon won the toss and invited Uphill to bat first in overcast conditions. They lost opener Lambert early on to a fine inswinging yorker from Hawkes. Alex Luke soon followed, but this brought Bliss (28) and Moffat to the crease. They put
AT Dial Hill, Clevedon won the toss and invited Uphill to bat first in overcast conditions.They lost opener Lambert early on to a fine inswinging yorker from Hawkes. Alex Luke soon followed, but this brought Bliss (28) and Moffat to the crease. They put on 45 until Bliss was caught at mid-off off the bowling of young leg-spinner Carpenter. Uphill continued to tick over with support for Aussie Moffat coming from skipper John Davidson (35). A partnership of 75 between the two young batsman put Castle in a great position going into the last 12 overs. Moffat was finally dismissed for a well crafted 70 on his league debut. Contributions from Watts (18) and Plummer (10) saw Uphill post 185 as their innings closed in the 48th over.With 51 overs for Clevedon to get the runs, Castle had to be positive and look for wickets. And they got an immediate breakthrough when Moffat bowled Jenkins without scoring. Bliss then got in on the action as he had fellow opener McBride trapped leg before in the sixth over. Cunliffe (25), Moore (25) and Hanley (57) rebuilt the Clevedon innings and put them in control. But a fantastic spell of bowling for Castle saw them completely turn the match in their favour. Hudson got two big wickets, and in his second spell Moffat picket up two more wickets, including the scalp of former Uphill batsman Belcher for a duck. At 130-8 it looked like Castle had the game won. But Sullivan (37 not out) with support from the tail saw Clevedon home with just eight balls remaining. For Uphill, Sims bowled with great control, Hudson produced his best spell of swing bowling, Luke Bliss put in a typical all-round display, but the man of the match went to Tom Moffat for his 70 and 4-51.