Uphill lose entertaining match by two wickets

PUBLISHED: 09:37 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:37 29 June 2018

Luke Bliss batting for Uphill.

Luke Bliss batting for Uphill.

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Uphill Castle lost an entertaining match at fellow strugglers Yeovil with just eight balls to spare

Uphill travelled to fellow strugglers Yeovil and after an entertaining game of cricket, ended up losing by two wickets with eight balls to spare.

Skipper Andy Llewellyn won the toss and chose to bat first and despite losing Andre Belcher first ball, recovered with Jermain jones (21) joining Dayne Siede (74) and runs started to flow.

When Jones departed, Luke Bliss (31) kept the score ticking over. The other batsman all chipped in, with Marcus Bail (27) and young Dominic Boardman (14 not out) making his debut, taking the Uphill score to 230, their highest score of the season.

The Uphill bowlers soon got into their stride and Yeovil were 7-2, but they recovered and got back into the game and Bliss carried on his good work with figures of 3-33.

With the score at 150-6, the game was evenly balanced. Bail (2-37) and a wicket each for Kieran Ward and George Cox and a run out from Tom Llewellyn had Yeovil 212-8.

A dropped catch proved costly as Yeovil reached there target. Uphill took nine points from the game.

This Saturday, Uphill are home to North Perrott. Autosmart man of match was Luke Bliss.

Uphill Castle seconds’ promotion charge gathered pace after a convincing home eight-wicket win over Crewkerne.

Castle skipper Paddy Holyday lost the toss, with the visitors opting to bat under blue skies – but Uphill’s veteran opening duo of Andy Leech and Pete Jobling made early inroads.

Leech (2-25) swiftly dismissed the opening pair of Keylock and Lawrence, before Jobling (1-17) pegged back Kember’s off stump.

The Gould brothers steadied the ship for Crewkerne, who won promotion alongside Uphill last season, setting their sights on a score of more than 200.

Mark Biggs (1-35) dismissed Chris Gould for 37, before Palfrey arrived at the crease and nailed several straight drives to the boundary.

The big wicket of Jon Gould (67) went to Tom Miller (2-37), who then had Palfrey (31) caught on the boundary to break the back of the visitors’ innings, which was superbly cleaned up in the closing overs by Matt Davis (2-19) and Kieran Chapman (2-30), leaving Uphill a manageable chase of 177.

Holyday (5) fell early to Keylock, but opening partner Sam Frost and number three Brad Carter began to dismantle Crewkerne’s attack, finding the boundary with ease and scoring at better than a run-a-ball.

Carter (45) creamed three huge sixes, but fell short of a deserved half-century after toeing a full toss off Palfrey to cover, while Frost cracked several boundaries to close in on a ton.

Ogborne (15 not out) ensured Castle’s victory with a well-paced knock, and it was left for Frost (103 not out) to bring up his century and the winning runs with a pull over square leg in just the 28th over.

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