Uphill youngsters given a lesson by league leaders

Kieran Ward bowling for Uphill.

Kieran Ward bowling for Uphill. - Credit: Archant

Uphill Castle’s depleted young side were comprehensively beaten by league leaders Minehead.

Uphill Castle made the long journey to Minehead in a top of the table battle, which could have put Uphill back in the mix for the title.

On a green wicket, Uphill decided to bowl first after skipper Kieran Ward won the toss. With a new-look opening bowling attack of George Cox (9-0-64-1) and Ward (9-2-30-1, the visitors started well.

Markus Bail (9-0-54-3) was the main wicket taker as he bowled at both ends causing the batsmen some trouble. Connor Davidson (4-0-28-0) was the only other seam option for the day, while Kieren Chapman (6-0-70-1) took a wicket on his return and brother George (5-0-59-0) was unlucky not to take one as a chance was dropped behind as Minehead finished on 340-6.

The quality of the Minehead attack saw off the top order, with only George Chapman (11) making double figures and Uphill found themselves 27-7.

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Some good resistance from skipper Ward (33) and Hallam Bickell (0 not out) gave Uphill some extra points, which may be crucial towards the end of the season.

Uphill were bowled out for 81, but with results going their way at the weekend, keeps them in the hunt for promotion.

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