Uphill Castle come out on top in thrilling victory

PUBLISHED: 16:16 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:16 18 May 2017

Yeovil's Theo Drapper bowls Uphill's George Chapman.

Yeovil's Theo Drapper bowls Uphill's George Chapman.

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Uphill Castle came out on top in a thrilling one-wicket victory over Yeovil.

Steve Phillips batting for Uphill Castle.Steve Phillips batting for Uphill Castle.

Uphill Castle made it two wins in succession with a thrilling one-wicket win over visitors Yeovil.

Andy Llewellyn won the toss and put Yeovil into bat and they added 35 for the first wicket before Kieran Ward came on and claimed the first wicket, while Andy Brooks bowled well and finished with figures of 9-4-14-0 and at drinks Yeovil were 76-2.

The introduction of Joe Gadd (3-28) and Markus Bail (3-31) ripped through the middle order to leave the visitors 130-8. George Cox (1-30) and Steve Philips (1-27) finished the tail off and Yeovil were all out for 161 in the last over.

Uphill got off to the worst possible start, losing Chapman, Philips and Winn cheaply and at 9-3 looked in big trouble, but Tom Llewellyn (23) and George Cox (36) led the recovery and took the score to 69.

Uphill’s middle order collapsed and at 93-7, Yeovil were back in control, but Andy Llewellyn (26 not out), Bail (21) and Ward (10) got Uphill to within four runs of their target.

Last man Brooks and Llewellyn used their experience and with scores level, Brooks hit the winning boundary to give Uphill a one-wicket victory and 34 points. Man of match was Markus Bail.

Curry Rivel 211-6

Uphill Castle 213-3

Uphill Castle seconds sit top of the table after a hard-fought seven-wicket win at Curry Rivel.

Skipper Sam Frost won the toss and opted to bowl on a green deck, and his side were on top early thanks to a calamitous run out in the first over and an early breakthrough for left-arm seamer Pete Jobling (1-36).

Hayden Watts (1-31) claimed the scalp of Wilkes (46) and bowled with excellent control. But the Curry batsman accelerated the run rate in the second half of the innings, with Higginson and Chris Hamlett (50 not out) taking the score past 200.

Higginson was eventually stumped off the bowling of Leech (1-44) in the final over of the innings for a well-made 83, leaving Uphill chasing 212 to win.

They were given the ideal start by openers Frost (85) and Andre Belcher (62), who tucked into some loose bowling to get well ahead of the required run rate.

The pair shared a blistering opening stand of 156 in just 21 overs, hitting the attack around the park.

Both fell in the same over, but any nerves were expelled when Paddy Holyday (27 not out) and Watts (17 not out) arrived at the crease and eased Uphill over the line with some 14 overs remaining.

Castle sit atop Somerset Division Five with two convincing wins in the bag, and they face Peasedown St John at home this Saturday, while the 1st XI are away at Taunton St Andrews.

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