Comfortable wins for Winscombe, Uphill Castle in Somerset Premier
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Winscombe claimed a comfortable six-wicket win over Staplegrove in their Somerset League Premier Division encounter.
Led by inspirational stand-in captain Robin Scanlon, they saw Tom Hall claim an early wicket after Staplegrove chose to bat.
Thomas Pantling (24) and Tobias Bishop (16) set about building a platform and put on 37 before falling in quick succession to Jory Cureton.
Wickets fell at regular intervals until Staplegrove were dismissed for 134 in the 28th over, with Hall (3-29), Jory Cureton (3-43), Liam Cureton (3-38) and Stu Warren (1-12) sharing the bowling honours.
Winscombe had a difficult start in reply, losing four wickets for only 40 runs before a fine unbeaten stand of 98 between Ewan Griffiths (36 not out) and Hall (47 not out) saw them home in the 26th over.
This Saturday sees Winscombe back in action at the Rec looking to avenge a disappointing defeat against Trull from earlier in the season.
*Uphill Castle were also celebrating after a six-wicket win at Bridgwater thirds.
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Having put the hosts into bat, Castle saw Luke Bliss remove three of the top four without scoring on his way to a 4-20 haul.
Tom Elstone (2-38) had success at the other end, but Bridgwater's lower order rallied to help them post 253-8, with half-centuries from number seven Max O'Farrell (56) and number nine Ben Wickens (57 not out).
Uphill lost Elstone and captain Paddy Holyday cheaply in reply, but Ben Castle (58) and Ryan Davies (90) shared a notable third-wicket stand to get them on track.
And Jermaine Jones was unbeaten on 46 alongside Bliss (14 not out) as Uphill reached their target in the 33rd over.
Victory lifted Holyday's men out of the bottom two above Long Sutton with five games remaining and a home game against Temple Cloud up next on Saturday.
*Lympsham & Belvedere slumped to a 133-run loss at Taunton St Andrews seconds, who posted 294-6 after choosing to bat first.
Tom Gooding (2-76) nabbed a brace for L&B, who saw openers Dave Luff (31) and George Nuttycombe (50) make good starts in reply.
But Nathan Hancock and Callum Neate were the only other batters in double figures as the visitors slumped from 110-2 to 161 all out ahead of a home date with Bridgwater this weekend.