Uphill Castle start with emphatic derby victory
PUBLISHED: 09:38 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 12 May 2017
Uphill Castle start the new season with an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Cheddar to earn maximum points.
Uphill Castle travelled to local rivals Cheddar for the opening league fixture and came away with an emphatic 10-wicket victory.
Skipper Andy Llewellyn won the toss and had no hesitation in putting the hosts into bat. George Cox and debutant Andy Brooks opened the bowling in fine style with Brooks (1-14) claiming his first wicket.
Cheddar moved on to 39-1 before the introduction of Kiwi Steven Philips who bowled with pace. He and another debutant, Joe Gadd, ripped the Cheddar middle order apart and they collapsed 65-6.
Kieran Ward came onto bowl and quickly finished the innings off claiming 3-7 and Cheddar were all out for 99. Philips and Gadd both finished with figures of 3-18.
Seb Winn and George Chapman opening the innings and after a nervous start, they both got in to their stride, comfortably knocking the runs off without losing a wicket, Winn finishing on 52 and Chapman on 39.
This was a great start for Castle, with everyone playing their part and a maximum 35 points and look forward to playing Yeovil at home on Saturday.
Uphill Castle 2nd XI 97-2
Uphill Castle seconds kicked off their league season in style, easing to an eight-wicket victory at home to Churchill.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first on a good track, but they found runs hard to come by thanks to tight opening spells from seasoned veterans Pete Jobling and Andrew Leech.
Jobling (2-12) made early inroads for Uphill, removing Caddick and Whitcombe on his way to racking up impressive figures.
Kieran Chapman celebrated his 18th birthday in style by taking 3-33, and could have had more had it been for some better catching in the slip cordon.
Caddick offered some resistance with the bat, making 30 hard-earned runs, but Hayden Watts, returning to cricket after a spell out of the game, was brought on to bowl with control with Churchill needing to force the issue, and he duly delivered by outfoxing the lower order in taking 4-2 from seven overs.
Leech returned to claim the final wicket to leave Castle chasing 96 to win.
But their reply started poorly with captain Sam Frost falling to the first ball of the innings, and Brad Carter (3) on his debut was bowled shortly after.
But Belcher’s (46 not out) mix of solid defence and crunching blows put Uphill in control, before a blistering 45 not out from Paddy Holyday took Uphill to victory inside 15 overs.
Man of the match was Hayden Watts.
Next up for the seconds is a trip to Curry Rivel on Saturday.