Luke's century in vain as Uphill fall short

PUBLISHED: 11:58 22 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:19 24 May 2010

UPHILL won the toss at Winterbourne, where the wicket was green and wet. Skipper John Davidson decided to bowl on what looked to be bowler-friendly conditions, but Castle's bowling attack was lacking depth and a strike bowler. Humphries got an

UPHILL won the toss at Winterbourne, where the wicket was green and wet.Skipper John Davidson decided to bowl on what looked to be bowler-friendly conditions, but Castle's bowling attack was lacking depth and a strike bowler.Humphries got an early breakthrough when he clean bowled Kylander for six, but after that it was a period of dominance for the home side. Opening batsman Purnell started to play his shots, as Uphill bowlers were a little generous with their line.Castle pulled back a few quick wickets towards the end of the innings (Bliss 3-84), but Purnell kept on playing his shots. Moffat got a leg before for his troubles, and a smart running catch by Lambert gave Sims a wicket in the final over. Winterbourne managed to amass 269-6, with Purnell left not out on 151. Castle got off to a solid start with openers Hodder (17) and Lambert (14) seeing off the new ball. Bliss and Moffat came together and carried on building the Castle reply. They started cautiously, but once past 50, both batsmen kicked on in an effort to chase down the big total. With 10 overs to go they needed over 100 to win, so they were up against it. But the two batsmen kept the total within reach, and with wickets in hand, Uphill were still in with a shout. With 30 required off the last two overs, Luke Bliss was caught out for a brilliant 101 off 110 balls.Davidson came in and finished not out at the end, as did Aussie Tom Moffat who was left just six runs short of a century. Castle were just 16 runs short in the end, and after bowling 21 wides in the Winterbourne innings, it was clear to see where they missed out.A couple of positives from the game were that Bliss and Moffat put on 193 which became a new third wicket stand, and Uphill managed to gain eight points from the defeat. Man of the match went to Luke Bliss for his century and three wickets. Castle entertain high flyers Knowle tomorrow (Sat), looking to take the lion's share of the points.

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