Sam smashes Uphill to classy victory

PUBLISHED: 12:55 21 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 May 2010

Uphill Castle continued their good form at home to Stapleton in their latest Bristol and Somerset League encounter. Bowling first, Castle started badly having both openers dropped early in the innings. However, as the batsman were looking set, Chris David

Uphill Castle continued their good form at home to Stapleton in their latest Bristol and Somerset League encounter.Bowling first, Castle started badly having both openers dropped early in the innings. However, as the batsman were looking set, Chris Davidson removed Chidgey lbw, beaten for pace.Stapleton continued to dominate the bowlers and raced to 85, until a mix-up between the batsman, accompanied by a fast and agile piece of fielding by Davidson, left opener Leonard heading back to the pavilion for 43.Sam Trego was introduced into the attack picking up three quick wickets, leaving the score on 129-5 and Castle in a commanding position. Further mishaps in the field allowed Stapleton to pick up further runs and relieved the pressure.Trego removed Philips for a quickfire 40, followed soon after Williams to pick up a well deserved fifth wicket. A late onslaught by the Stapleton tail helped them get to 229 all out.Trego finished with 15-2-45-6 from an excellent spell of bowling. The final wicket was taken with three balls to go with a good pick up and throw on the boundary by Hayden Watts.The Castle innings started brightly as Trego hit his fourth ball for a straight six through the trees. Trego continued to take the game to the Stapleton bowlers, who could do little to avoid the onslaught.Chris Davidson played a spectator role, supporting Trego and helping see off the new ball was the first to fall. Playing forward to a ball which popped off a length leaving him unfortunate to be leaving the crease.This brought the reliable Tom Moffat to the crease, who although he started uncomfortably, soon became accustomed to the conditions. Trego raced to his 50 thanks to several huge sixes with the score on 60.The Castle faithful were lucky to witness one of the most entertaining innings seen at The Park, as Trego continued to destroy the bowlers, losing several balls in the process. A bludgeoned four straight past the bowler saw Trego reach his hundred with only 117 on the board.Seven runs later Trego was caught on the boundary for a brilliant 107 from just 73 balls, leaving a leisurely stroll home for Castle.Moffat and Luke Bliss continued to hit the ball to all corners of the ground and guided Castle home with seven overs to spare. Moffat finishing on an excellent 67 not out, while Bliss finished on 47 not out.For the second week running, a Castle player scored a hundred with five dismissals and captain John Davidson can be delighted with another comfortable victory.Mirage Interiors man of the match went to Sam Trego for a fantastic all round performance. Castle finished the game with 24 points sending them further up the table. With three games left, they will be confident of a mid table finish.

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