Tough times for the Castle

PUBLISHED: 10:05 03 June 2011

(click on image for larger view) CRICKET : Uphill Castle  V  Chard, Steve Cook batting for Uphill. (bowled)

(click on image for larger view) CRICKET : Uphill Castle V Chard, Steve Cook batting for Uphill. (bowled)

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Uphill Castle still looking for their first win of the season.

UPHILL Castle played host to Chard in a game reduced to 43 overs per side due to the inclement weather.

Home skipper Jon Lambert won the toss and put Chard into bat in wet conditions, looking for early movement from the seamers. However, Glentworth (39) and Rideout (52) put on a stand of 94 for the first wicket.

The introduction of spin enabled the home side to regain some control as Luke Bliss and Matt Kearsey (2-51) bowled well in partnership. Kearsey was the first to get a breakthrough when he bowled Glentworth and just prior to drinks, Bliss joined in the action having Moxom (6) caught in the deep by Llewellyn.

Following drinks, Bliss took an excellent caught and bowled to remove the dangerous Rideout for a hard hitting 52. Despite resistance from opposition captain Jon Dalwood (36), Bliss ripped through the Chard middle order ending with outstanding figures of 6-46 for his 13 overs.

There were catches for Lambert, Cooke and a smart stumping from Hayden Watts to assist Bliss. Chard made a competitive 210-8 from their 43 overs.

After tea, Castle got off to a poor start as they soon lost Steve Cooke. Andre Belcher (31) and Andy Llewellyn got the scoreboard ticking before the latter was caught behind off the bowling of Scott (1-16).

Belcher continued to play his game and was not phased by the lack of support. Lambert came in and made 17 before he was caught looking to push the rate along, then wickets fell regularly as the Castle collapsed to the spin of Dalwood (4-4).

Moxom also picked up four wickets as the home side collapsed without any signs of a fight. Matt Kearsey (17) once again showed his ability to bat and with Tom Oultram managed to get them one over short of batting the full allocation. But Castle were still some 98 runs short when the final wicket was taken.

Man of the match went to Luke Bliss. Special mention also goes to Tom Oultram who fielded superbly on his first team league debut.

Castle visit fellow strugglers Bishopston on Saturday looking to put things right.

■ Uphill seconds travelled to Chard missing eight regulars and struggled to compete.

Chard were inserted on a miserable afternoon and amassed 281-4 from a rain reduced 41 overs. All the bowlers struggled to contain the Chard batsmen, who were particularly severe on anything loose. Highlight of the Uphill bowlers was Matt Loud who took 3-32 from six.

Uphill never threatened the Chard score and were dismissed for 116 from 31 overs. Marcus Bail top scored with a hard fought 33, with spinner Wyatt picking up 7 -26.

■ Uphill Crusaders fell to their first defeat of the season, away at Wincanton.

Batting first, Uphill got off to a solid start with Paul Kuht (39) and Martin Palmer (67) getting the Crusaders to a good position. Once Kuht departed, only Ewan Kennedy (14) reached double figures as Uphill finished on 164-7.

In reply, Wincanton got off to a good start, putting on 90 for the first wicket. Despite losing three further wickets, the hosts got home with overs to spare. Wicket-takers were Julian Froud (2-43) and Mark Patch (2-42). Young Nick Kuht bowled well and returned figures of 6-2-15-0.

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