Uphill Castle earn first win in three games against Shapwick & Polden

Uphill Castle's Tom Elstone in action against Shapwick & Polden seconds.

Tom Elstone top scored for Weston in their game with Shapwick & Polden seconds, where he scored 54 runs from 95 balls. - Credit: Josh Thomas

Uphill Castle returned to winning ways with a convincing eight-wicket victory against Shapwick & Polden seconds.

Collectively throughout the game the hosts bowled well, after losing the toss and being sent int othe field, as only the sixth-wicket partnership worth 52 paused the onslaught from a Castle side without George Cox.

Impressive figures from seamers George Fox (2-18 in nine overs) and Tom Elstone (3-18 in eight overs) saw the visitors bowled out for a modest 144.

Then came the Uphill chase and a threatening new-ball partnership was muted by George Chapman and Elstone, who shared 35 for the first wicket stand.

It was number three, and stand -n captain, Paddy Holyday, who enjoyed the end of the opening bowlers’ spells and ended on 13.

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At the end of Holyday’s cameo came the in-form Luke Bliss.

And it was he, and opener Elstone who led Castle to victory inside 30 overs. Elstone finishing on 54 not out, and Bliss a mesmerising 41 not out that featured three sixes.

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Uphill return to action on Saturday against Butleigh and, sitting two points behind Somerset League Premier Division leaders North Petherton, could move back into top spot with another win.

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