Uphill Castle fall just short against the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 15:44 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:44 05 September 2018

Andy Llewellyn batting for Uphill.

Andy Llewellyn batting for Uphill.

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A weakened Uphill Castle side fell just short of victory against league leaders North Perrot.

Uphill Castle’s final game off the season saw them travel to league leaders North Perrot knowing nothing less of a victory was needed.

Perrot won the toss and chose to bat first on a good wicket and Uphill with only five first team regulars playing knew it was going to be a long afternoon in the field.

The hosts got off to a good start before George Cox got a wicket caught behind by Brad Patch, but runs were being scored freely and at the drinks break Perrot were 139-1.

The introduction of third team bowlers Jack Fowler and Mark Patch, who bowled 10 overs, taking 2-50, slowed thing down but the highlight was Brad Patch taking a stumping off his dad’s bowling, but at the end of the innings the Perrot total was 279-3.

When Uphill went out to bat they made a disastrous start, losing star batsman Dayne Siede run out and Andre Belcher lbw and at 20-2 things didn’t look good, but skipper Andy Llewellyn joined Gareth Lloyd and these two put on over 100 before Lloyd went for 29.

Cox came in and soon got into his stride hitting two tremendous sixes and with Llewellyn in fine form, the run chase was 65 off eight overs.

Llewellyn got his hundred with a fine cover drive by was stumped next ball for 101 and when Cox went for 59 the innings was coming to a end, but young George Fox with 13 not out got Uphill to within 16 runs of their target before the overs ran out.

This was a tremendous performance from Uphill and all the players who stepped up to play should be proud of their performance. A special mention to Australian Dayne Siede whose performances have been to the highest standard and it was a privilege to have him in the team.

Autosmart man of match Andy Llewellyn.

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