Title favourites defeat the Castle

PUBLISHED: 12:19 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010

DESPITE an impressive bowling and fielding display, Uphill Castle eventually succumbed to a disappointing defeat against Midsomer Norton, who themselves are very much in the running for the title of the West of England Premier League Bristol and Somerset

DESPITE an impressive bowling and fielding display, Uphill Castle eventually succumbed to a disappointing defeat against Midsomer Norton, who themselves are very much in the running for the title of the West of England Premier League Bristol and Somerset Division.Jon Davidson won the toss and inserted Midsomer Norton to bat on a wicket that had coped remarkably well with the recent horrendous weather.The usual tight opening spell by Castle bowlers Matt Newton and Tim Holt was rewarded with Cox being caught behind to a splendid low catch by Davidson off the bowling of Newton with the score on nine.Maule was next to go when he was involved in a bad misunderstanding with Cabot and Luke Bliss was able to run him out easily.There then followed a period of stability by Norton with Cabot riding his luck a little, but he was ably supported by Tabb at the other end and they took the score to 87 before Cabot was caught off the bowling of Harry Warman for a rather lucky 43. Tabb went on to make 31 and Potter then batted well to make 42 in a total of 197-8 off of 50 overs. There were tidy figures for most of the Castle bowlers, the outstanding bowler was Luke Bliss who bowled tightly towards the end of the innings and took 2-35 off of nine good overs. One of the wickets was a fantastic catch in the deep by young Cory Nicholls, a truly splendid effort.Sam Trego and Harry Warman opened the Castle reply, and the usual boundary or nothing ensued for the first five or six overs. Then Warman was bowled by Martin Cox, the first one of his five wickets in a good display of medium pace bowling.Uphill never really looked likely to challenge the modest Norton total until Newton came to the wicket at 61-6. He then proceeded to bat like he was in the nets, hitting the ball to all parts of the ground. He ended up being bowled by Andrew Cox having scored 49 including five sixes.Uphill were eventually all out for 130, earning five points to Norton's 18. Man of the match was Newton for his tidy bowling and impressive hitting.

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