Uphill tie second successive game
PUBLISHED: 09:46 07 September 2012
Uphill Castle tied their second game in two weeks against Frome.
UPHILL Castle bizarrely tied their second game in a row when both sides were all out for 127.
Choosing to bat first on a slow low wicket, Frome never got going thanks to accurate bowling from Uphill openers George Cox and Simon Webster. Cox had Webster caught in the gully by Marcus Bail. Sanger and Dredge quickly followed leaving Frome on 21-3.
Stonnell and Wheeler dug in and put on 39 for the fourth wicket before Bail bowled Stonnell round his legs. Wickets then fell regularly and were bowled out for 127, with the last three wickets all falling on that score.
Pick of Uphill’s bowlers was Cox, returning the impressive figures of 8-5-11-4.
Uphill’s innings mirrrored that of Frome’s with only Seb Winn and Cox getting to grips with the wicket.
Winn was never in any trouble anchoring the Uphill innings until he was unluckily run out backing up for 38, when he and Cox looked to be guiding Uphill home. Cox (33) continued the chase and was bowled with seven runs required.
Ward took six off the following over and with the added bonus of a wide the scores were tied. Sanger then bowled Ward to tie the game.
With the three teams below them all winning, this result left Uphill at the foot of the table.
Beachland’s Hotel man of the match was George Cox.
Uphill Castle 2nds visited Burnham to face the hosts’ first team in their last match of the season.
Uphill were put in to bat and were reduced to 27-4 after 18 overs. Jake Llewellyn and Rob Owen brought some impetus to the inning as they added 50 for the fifth wicket before Llewellyn was caught for a fluent 40.
Uphill’s last five wickets added a further 42 as they reached 119 all out, with Owen seventh man out for 25. For the hosts, Ashton was the pick of the bowlers with 5-49 from 11.2 overs.
In reply, Uphill were given an excellent start when Slocombe had Bloodworth stumped by Ray Dibben with the score on 15. James Holt (1-37) bowled House for 18 and skipper Tim Holt (12-3-18-4) rolled back the years with four wickets to reduce the hosts to 59-8.
Slocombe (12-3-20-2) and Andy Leach (1-37), thanks to another brilliant stumping from Dibben, also took a wicket apiece.
However, this brought Ashton to the crease and he took part in an unbeaten partnership of 61 for the ninth wicket with Booth (16 not out) to see Burnham home in the 40th over, Ashton finishing on 41 not out.
Special mention should be made of the efforts of Llewellyn with the bat, but the Beachlands Hotel man of the match was Tim Holt.