Uphill Castle given a boost in relegation fight

PUBLISHED: 15:34 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:35 08 August 2018

Tom Miller bowling for Uphill.

Tom Miller bowling for Uphill.

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Victory against fellow strugglers Staplegrove has give Uphill Castle a great boost of staving off relegation.

Uphill Castle gave their hopes of staying up a great boost with a 56-run victory over fellow strugglers Staplegrove.

Castle won the toss and elected to bat first on another glorious day and got off to a fine start before Dayne Siede went for 15. Jermain Jones came in and attacked the bowlers with success and with Belcher hitting the ball superbly, Castle were moving along nicely before Belcher went for 27.

Luke Bliss joined Jones and also played some entertaining shots, scoring a quickfire 22 and with youngster Matt Ogboune also getting 22, Uphill were in a strong position at 130-3 off 25 overs.

This allowed Jones to open up and he raced to 82 before he was bowled, leaving Marcus Bail 39 not out and young Tom Miller, making his first team debut, chipping in with 17 not out, Uphill reached 283-8 off their 45 overs.

Uphill went out to field and 15-year-old George Fox claimed the first wicket, clean bowling the opening batsman, but Staplegrove showed great character, moving to 100-1 and hitting anything loose to the boundary.

The introduction of Siede, who bowled with great line and length, got Castle back into the game and he finished with figures of 4-25 and with Miller (2-30), who bowled very well, Uphill were in a strong position.

Fox (2-41) claimed the last wicket and Staplegrove were bowled out for 227 and 22 welcome points.

This Saturday, Uphill face a tough game away to Minehead, knowing their survival hopes is now in their own hands.

Autosmart man of match was Jermain Jones.

The 3rd XI made the long trip to Frome looking to extend their winning run, but having to field a weakened team lost by 44 runs.

Frome won the toss and elected to bat and scored 201-8. Uphill’s bowlers stuck to their task well, with Neve Kennedy (2-37), Dave Wilcox (2-41), Ubaid (2-12) and James Robinson (1-33) taking the wickets.

In reply, Uphill made a good start with both openers looking to be positive by putting on 54 for the first wicket, but when Ben Castle was dismissed for 30 and Tom Oultram for 33, Uphill started to fall behind the run rate with and with wickets starting to fall, only Dave Wilcox with a hard-hitting 35 offered any serious resistance with Uphill finishing on 157-9.

Autosmart man of the match was Dave Wilcox.

The thirds quickly bounced back from defeat on Saturday by winning their game in hand to move into second place in the league when they hosted Huntspill & District.

Huntspill won the toss and chose to bat, but were soon in trouble with Jack Fowler (8-1-22-2) making the early breakthrough.

The introduction of spin however, proved crucial as James Robinson found plenty of turn on and bounce on a dry wicket to record figures of 7-2-8-4.

Good bowling performances from Dave Wilcox (7-0-36-2), Hayden Watts (7-1-33-2) and Neve Kennedy (4-0-10-1) restricted Huntspill to 135 all out.

In reply, despite the early loss of skipper Ben Castle for 10, Tom Oultram (64 not out) Watts (58 not out), both continued their fine form and with the result never in doubt, Uphill cruised to victory in the 18th over.

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