Uphill Castle cruise to comfortable victory
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Uphill Castle enjoyed a comfortable seven wicket victory over visitors Street.
UPHILL Castle registered a welcome victory at home to Street, running out winners by seven wickets.
Uphill opened up with spin at both ends for the first time this season and after conceding 13 runs in the first two overs, it proved to be a good decision.
Openers Luke Bliss (10-4-24-0) and Markus Bail (10-1-29-2) constricted the Street batsmen as well as taking two wickets after the first 20 overs.
After a slow start from the Street batsmen, the introduction of Kieran Ward (10-1-30-3) and Mitch Fox (8-1-36-3) kept up the hard work. Ward took his first victim off his first ball when Trotman was caught well behind the stumps by Chris Disney.
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After a good run out by Ward, Uphill were on the brink of bonus points for bowling Street out for under 120 when they were 119-9.
The final two batsmen for Street showed some resilience and Kieron Chapman (3.4-0-13-1) got his rewards and brought the Street innings to an end on 140.
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Uphill innings for off to a good start with openers, captain Dave Millard (15) and Seb Winn (54 not out) got Uphill off to the best possible start. Millard played one shot too many which brought Gareth Williams (12) to the crease, who looked comfortable until he pulled his hamstring and had to retire hurt.
This brought 14-year-old Tommy Llewellyn to the crease and despite his age and lack of first team experience, did not look out of place and his first scoring shot was a huge leg side six.
Llewellyn and Winn carried on attacking the Street bowlers and this led up to 96 before Llewellyn was brilliantly caught at gully by Mitchell. Bliss (15) took Uphill to 118 before he was bowled by Mitchell.
Andy Llewellyn (14 not out) was next in, aiming to see Uphill over the line with Win, which they did. Andy Llewellyn finished on 14 not out.
Winn led Uphill to their third win of the season and are only two points behind Street in the table and with strong players returning to the squad, they are looking to avoid relegation.
THE seconds returned from Street with a 27-run defeat.
Batting first, Street struggled against fine opening spells from Pete Jobling (12-8-19-0) and Sam Matthews (6-0-17-1). Only Evely (83) and Parsons (23) managed to get going as the home side finished on 161-7.
Tom Miller (6-1-19-1), Krish Kumar (11-1-45-2) and Mark Patch (10-0-3-54) were the other wicket takers.
In reply, Uphill also struggled on a slow wicket as they could only reach 144-9. Top scorers were Dave Bickell (44), Kumar (29), Mark Hodder (18) and Miller (12 not out).