Tom leads Castle to classy victory

PUBLISHED: 10:24 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010

UPHILL Castle revival continued as they made it four wins from the last five games with a convincing eight-wicket win at home to Winterbourne. Invited to field by the visitors, Winterbourne found it difficult to get opening bowlers Chris Davidson and Tom

UPHILL Castle revival continued as they made it four wins from the last five games with a convincing eight-wicket win at home to Winterbourne.Invited to field by the visitors, Winterbourne found it difficult to get opening bowlers Chris Davidson and Tom Moffat away with only nine runs scored from the opening seven overs. Moffat eventually made the breakthrough in the 11th over when visiting skipper Tovey chipped a short ball to Hayden Watts at point. When Moffat removed Kylander for nought in his next over, the visitors found themselves 28-2 after 14 overs. After Moffat was removed from the attack, spinners Luke Bliss and Sam Trego continued to keep the pressure on the Winterbourne batsman and once Trego had taken two wickets in two overs, thanks to good catches by Moffat and Bliss, the visitors were in trouble at 60-4. A partnership of 49 between Crane (20) and Purnell (31) gave Winter-bourne some hope before Trego took his third wicket by having Purnell caught behind. Crane followed in the next over when he was bowled by Chris Slocombe to leave the tail exposed with the score at 119-6.This was soon 119-7 when Trego took his fourth wicket to finish with excellent figures of 4-25 from 15 overs, seven of which were maidens. Moffat was then re-introduced to the attack which allowed him to pick up two more wickets to return figures of 4-29. The final wicket was a run out from a John Davidson direct hit, to add to a stumping and his earlier catch. A target of 140 was well within the reach of Uphill's strong batting line up. However, when openers Trego and Davidson were dismissed cheaply to leave Castle 8-2 in the fourth over, Uphill were in some trouble. Uphill need not of worried as Moffat and Bliss joined forces in an unbeaten partnership of 132. Moffat made his fifth league 50 of the season which featured his usual classical strokeplay. Bliss, although patient at the start of his knock, was chanceless and displayed his usual belligerent strokeplay as he reached his 50. Uphill cantered home in the 35th over with eight wickets in hand to take a 20-point haul that sees them go above their opponents in the league table.

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