Record stand fails to inspire Uphill

PUBLISHED: 10:50 08 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 24 May 2010

UPHILL took a scratch side to Warminster in the first round of the Cockspur Cup. Captain John Davidson won the toss and decided to bat first, but they were soon in trouble after losing early wickets and were looking at an early return home at 18-3. This b

UPHILL took a scratch side to Warminster in the first round of the Cockspur Cup.Captain John Davidson won the toss and decided to bat first, but they were soon in trouble after losing early wickets and were looking at an early return home at 18-3. This brought Davidson and Bliss to the crease, and they set about rebuilding the innings.Once in, the ball started to fly to the boundary for both players, with a good deck and fast outfield. Between them they put on a record fourth wicket stand 140, before skipper Davidson was bowled for a brilliant 69.After this wickets began to fall regularly, so Luke Bliss decided to deal in boundaries in the hunt for quick runs, but attempting his third six in a row, he was caught on the boundary for a much needed 84.After the dismissal of Bliss the tail managed to add a further 23 between them, giving Uphill a fighting total of 202 from their 45 overs. The pick of the bowlers for Warminster was Powell with 3-30, who did the early damage.Warminster's reply was positive as they raced to 48 after only seven overs, but Castle replied with two quick wickets, Bliss trapping Adams for 24 and Holt bowling out Bateman without scoring.Warminster continued to build and Coxon-Tenty (63) and Under-down (62) took them up to the brink of victory. Another wicket fell, but the home side got past the winning total with four overs to spare. There were good bowling spells for Bliss (1-38), Lambert (1-15), and Moffit who bowled well without any luck.Special mention to youngster Adam Bradfield who bowled tightly in his 1st X1 debut. Although Davidson had a fine innings, the man of the match went to Luke Bliss for a good all-round display.Uphill Castle fielded a mixed 3rd and 4th XI in an early season friendly against Cranmore, who were invited to bat first on the main Castle ground.Julian Froud bowled an impressively accurate opening spell, picking up a wicket into the bargain. At the other end Jack Fowler soon found his radar and caused the batsmen problems with his movement, also picking up a wicket.Young Alex Winn bowled with confidence and accuracy to keep the pressure on and Tom Oultram's leg spin provided some variety and he took the wicket of the dangerous looking Monk, caught in the covers.The experienced duo of Chris Oultram and Mark Hodder were called upon to share the bowling, each picking up a wicket. Visiting skipper Mike Peng struck the ball cleanly from the start and his 54 took Cranmore to 150-6 in their 40 overs.Froud (1-31) and Fowler (2-30) returned to good effect and Winn also bowled steadily to return 0-25 from six overs. Hodder took 1-15, with Chris Oultram taking 1-13 (Chris) and Tom 1-30.Uphill's fielders supported the bowlers well. Good catches were taken by Paul Kuht, Chris Oultram and Seb Winn, backed up by effective ground work. Matt Loud stood in well behind the stumps also taking a catch standing up.Uphill were given a good start by Nigel Cook and Paul Kuht (12). Seb Winn also contributed 17 as Castle made steady progress towards the target. When Cook was out for 60, Chris Oultram (29 not out) picked up the tempo and Hodder helped Uphill pass the total in the 35th over.

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