Second successive defeat for the Castle

PUBLISHED: 15:51 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:51 21 June 2017

Sam Frost bowling for Uphill.

Sam Frost bowling for Uphill.

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Uphill Castle slipped to their second successive defeat at Taunton Deane and their lead at the top reduced to just 14 points.

Uphill Castle lost their second successive game when they went down by 63 runs to Taunton Deane.

Taunton won the toss and elected to bat first on a hot day, but Castle started well and Andy Brooks claimed the first wicket with a great diving catch from George Cox.

This set the standard for the rest of the innings and with other great catches from Jermain Jones, Andy Llewellyn and George Chapman, Taunton were struggling 60-6.

The hosts regrouped and the last wicket pair put on 45 runs and the innings finished on 194-9, with wickets going to Cox (3-21), Bail (2-42), Gadd (1-33) Philips (2-42) and Brooks (1-34).

Uphill’s innings got off to a bad start and never recovered with only Steve Philips (29) offering any resistance. Kieran Ward (10) and Marcus Bail (10not out) put up a bit of a fight at the end, but the innings collapsed to 131.

Uphill’s lead at the top as been reduced to 14 points and they will be looking to bounce back on Saturday home to Street.

Autosmart man of match was Steve Philips.

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