Winscombe defeated in local derby

PUBLISHED: 09:40 25 May 2012

Jack Fraser bowling for Winscombe.

Jack Fraser bowling for Winscombe.

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Winscombe lost their first game of the season to near neighbours Uphill Castle.

AFTER five frustrating weeks of waiting, Winscombe made the journey to Uphill Castle for their first game of the season.

Skipper Iain Fraser won the toss and chose to bat, despite heavy cloud cover. Openers Jory Cureton and Dan Kennedy made a steady start against the bowling of Mike Hudson (1-17) and George Cox (2-51) However, after 10 overs, with the score on just 27, Kennedy was caught in the slips for five.

Cureton accelerated quickly to an excellent half century, but with the score on 91, Cureton (60) was bowled by Luke Bliss (1-43), paving the way for overseas player Zain Patel. However, he was trapped lbw by Cox just three shy of a stylish half century.

John Munden was unlucky to be run out at the non-striker’s end after a powerful straight drive from Fraser was tipped onto the stumps by Hayden Watts (1-25). Jon Reeves joined Fraser (70 not out) and the pair put on 47 to reach 233-6 in their 50 overs.

Uphill’s reply started well, thanks to some loose bowling from Cureton (0-52) and Clough. However, Clough then turned his spell around and finished with the outstanding figures of 2-33 from his 10 overs.

However, the remainder of Winscombe’s attack failed to fire, regularly serving up an array of half volleys and long hops to release pressure. The only other wicket fell to Patel, finished with figures of 1-36.

Uphill’s Jon Lambert (69 not out) and Ed Bliss (63 not out) took their side home with just under six overs remaining.


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