Uphill fall short in high-scoring encounter
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Uphill Castle lost another high-scoring encounter, this time going down by 86 runs to Wellington.
UPHILL Castle lost to Wellington in another high-scoring match.
Wellington decided to bat first and raced to 80 off the first 12 overs with Brockley hitting 64 before being well caught by George Cox off the bowling of Simon Cattermole.
Campbell was well caught by Dave Millard at slip, but skipper Sparks scored a rapid 80, assisted by some inconsistent bowling and a liberal helping of 30 wides.
Pick of the Uphill bowlers was Miresh Surendran, who making his league debut and took 3-48 from his 10 overs. The Wellington innings closed on 296-8 from their allotted overs.
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Uphill got off to a poor start quickly losing Ty Watson and Millard, leaving a mountain to climb. Brief hope was raised as Cattermole (21), Rob Tasker (32) and Luke Bliss (43) all got going, but perished in the search for quick runs.
Gareth Williams (29) and Disney (26) put on 64 for the eighth wicket to get Uphill within reach of maximum batting, but were all out for 210 in the 46th over with Uphill taking eight points from the game to keep them in third place.
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Uphill man of the match went to Miresh Surendran.
R Davies run out 51
J Brockley c Cox b Cattermole 64
A Campbell c Millard b Bail 0
A Sparks b Surendran 80
P Short b Surendran 20
L Desave b Surendran 0
L Goodman-Jones b Cox 6
R Moysey b Cox 5
N Hendy not out 26
I Hewson not out 6
Total (8 wkts) 296
Bowling: G Cox 10-1-53-2; S Matthews 3-0-29-0; L Bliss 7.1-1-52-1; M Bail 10-1-52-1; S Cattermole 9-0-63-1; M Surendran 10-0-48-3; D Millard 0.5-0-5-0.
T Watson b Desave 6
D Millard c Moysey b Hewson 1
S Cattermole c Sparks b Short 21
R Tasker c Sparks b Short 32
L Bliss c Desave b Short 43
G Cox lbw Short 0
M Bail c Nichol b Short 10
G Williams c Sparks b Campbell 29
C Disney b Campbell 26
M Surendran st Brockley b Campbell 14
S Matthews not out 3
THE 2nd XI entertained Wincanton in their last home game of the season and ended up with a 56-run victory.
Uphill won the toss and elected to bat first and got off to a steady start through Mark Hodder (17) and Tom Oultram (22), but wickets fell and at 102-4 after 32 overs, a high score looked unlikely.
Skipper Andy Llewellyn had other ideas and he raced to 102 not out and the innings closed on 220-6.
The Uphill bowlers continued the good work and there were wickets for Pete Jobling (1-33), Andy Leech (3-39), Matt Kearsey (1-30) and George Chapman (3-57), who were well supported by the fielders, resulting in the visitors being bowled out for 164 and a maximum 35 points.
Autosmart man of match was Andy Llewellyn.
UPHILL 4th XI fought back strongly to gain the double over their Weston counterparts.
Having won the toss, Weston asked the home side to bat and despite many starts, no one was able to provide a meaningful innings. Holyday top scored with 22, with Ben Hodder scoring 20, as Uphill finished with a disappointing 138, a score well below par.
Weston continued their dominance after tea and serenely got to 78 before they lost their first wicket, with good batting by Press (25) and Dance (36).
However, the loss of Dance to Patch snr, set about a collapse of Indian proportions. In the following 13 overs, all 10 wickets were lost for the addition of just 50 runs. Mark Patch took 3-18 in 11 overs, with son Bradley matching his figures in seven overs.
However, it was Matt Davis who had the final say picking up the eighth and ninth wickets, and with a large crowd now gathered on the back pitch, a risky run was taken, but Davis’s throw was accurate and Holyday completed the task as Weston’s captain Crocker was short in his attempt to regain the strike.