George blasts Ashbrittle attack to finish on 152 not out

George Cox batting for Uphill.

George Cox batting for Uphill. - Credit: Archant

Uphill Castle’s George Cox blasted the Ashbrittle attack to finish on 152 not out, as Uphill ran out by 140 runs.

A VERY young Uphill side travelled to fellow strugglers Ashbrittle on the final Saturday of the season and came away with an emphatic victory.

Stand-in skipper Markus Bail made a brave decision in deciding to bat first and Mitch Fox (13) and Seb Winn (12) got the innings off to a quick start. After losing three wickets in quick succession, Chris Disney (21) and George Cox began to repair the damage.

Cox was immediately on the attack and was hitting the ball to all parts of the ground. He finished on a brilliant 152 not out, which included eight sixes and 16 fours off just 97 balls to record his maiden century.

Bail (32 not out) helped Cox to take the score to 288-5 when Uphill declared.

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Opening the bowling, Bail (10-0-36-4) took early wickets and was well backed up by Fox (8-3-20-1). Uphill took wickets at regular intervals, including an excellent slip catch by Kieran Ward.

Kieran Chapman (7-2-17-3) and Sam Matthews were both brought on and cleaned up the tail as Ashbrittle were bowled out for 148.

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Uphill’s side had five of this season’s Under-19s playing and a further four under the age of 25.

THE 2nd XI completed their season with a comfortable five-wicket victory over bottom club Glastonbury.

Uphill put their visitors into bat and took wickets at regular intervals with Andy Leech (5-26), Pete Jobling (1-42), Brad Patch (1-27) and Matt Humpries (1-5), bowling Glastonbury out for 105.

Uphill also lost early wickets, but Tom Oultram (15), Ian Tasker (44 not out) and Andy Llewellyn (18 not out) guided Uphill to victory and maximum points to complete their season.

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