Leaders too strong for Uphill Castle

PUBLISHED: 11:34 31 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010

UPHILL Castle travelled to top of the league Knowle looking to continue their impressive run of results. Having lost the toss Castle were asked to bowl on what looked a pretty flat deck. The home side raced to 50 in the eighth over, with a flurry off boun

UPHILL Castle travelled to top of the league Knowle looking to continue their impressive run of results.Having lost the toss Castle were asked to bowl on what looked a pretty flat deck. The home side raced to 50 in the eighth over, with a flurry off boundaries.But opener Davidson got the first breakthrough as he had Long trapped lbw for 17. Mills (35) soon followed as Moffat got a wicket. Coombes and captain Solomon (20) kept things going as Knowle continued to build.The introduction of Luke Bliss saw two quick wickets for the visitors and pull back the run rate. And with the control of veteran Chris Slocombe at the other end, pressure was being created on the leaders.This pressure eventually told as Bliss picked up his third wicket, and the prize scalp of Mark Coombes for 79 off just 81 balls. Moffat took another wicket before fellow opener Davidson was re-introduced into the attack. He got two further wickets to finish with 3-80 from his 12 overs, as Knowle finished on 238-8.Castle's reply started slowly and they slumped to 43-3 and right up against it. Skipper John Davidson and Aussie Tom Moffat began to rebuild the innings. They took the score to 128 with Davidson going for a well-grafted 30.By this stage the run rate was up at nine an over, so the incoming batsman had to play their shots as Moffat kept batting through. Williams sent one in to the neighbouring tennis courts, but was caught shortly afterwards trying to continue the big hitting.Lambert scored a brisk 17 with a huge straight six out of the ground. But Castle's chances ended as Moffat was run out taking a quick single, for a well played knock of 72. Wickets then fell regularly as Castle innings closed on 174 all out with 13 balls left of the innings.Man of the match went to Moffat for his efforts with both bat and ball.

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