Uphill finish fifth

PUBLISHED: 10:37 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

UPHILL Castle travelled to local rivals Winscombe in the final week of the season looking for a convincing win to potentially finish third. The home side won the toss and elected to bat. The overcast conditions and green surface were seamer friendly thou

UPHILL Castle travelled to local rivals Winscombe in the final week of the season looking for a convincing win to potentially finish third. The home side won the toss and elected to bat. The overcast conditions and green surface were seamer friendly though, and Castle were soon in the wickets. Tom Moffat ripped through the top order taking four wickets in his opening spell. Hunt and Lunn went without scoring, the first trapped leg before and the other a fine low catch by Alex Luke at first slip. Ross Touhey held the innings together as he held his end up against the pressure of Moffat and Pete Trego, who bowled well in partnership together. Skipper Davidson changed things up after that and opted for spin with Slocombe and Watts. This kept things tight, but allowed Touhey in tandem with Bailey to rebuild the innings. Pete Trego was brought on for a second spell and he managed to get the crucial wicket of Touhey (47) caught behind by Davidson. Bawden (29) joined Bailey, and after a slow start, saw them to the close of the innings, posting a respectable 181-5 from their reduced 47 overs. Dave Bailey was the pick of the batsmen, scoring a boundary filled 80 not out to the Winscombe cause. In reply, Castle got off to the best possible start as the openers Moffat and Williams hit the ball to all parts. Knowing the wet weather was on its way, the pair had to make sure they were a head of the rate if they reached the minimum 30 overs required. Gareth Williams led the way, punishing anything slightly lose and raced to 50 with one of his many boundaries. But he was first to go, caught behind square for a brilliant 77 to the cause. Trego (13 not out) joined Moffat with the target in sight, and Moffat soon brought up yet another half century for the team in his anchor role. Thirty overs passed with the score over 150, and the umpires called it a day as the rain set in. Castle had won the game and picked up 21 points to end the season with their seventh win of the campaign. Moffat was man of the match for his 4-44 and 57 not out, a great all round display.Castle finished fifth in the table and will be going into next season positive and full of confidence in their ability in this league. The club would like to thank overseas player Tom Moffat for a great season with the club on and off the field. With over 700 league runs at an average of over 70, and 37 wickets, he will be welcome back next season. Special mention for John Davidson for a good first year as captain, juggling keeping, batting and running the team well. And credit must go to team manager Phil Loud who has been a great motivator to the side.

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