Winscombe crushed by neighbours Uphill

Winscombe fielding.

Winscombe fielding. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe were well beaten by close neighbours Uphill Castle.

WINSCOMBE made the short journey to Uphill looking to recover from last week’s defeat.

Skipper Iain Fraser lost the toss and the visitors were asked to bat first. Jory Cureton played aggressive strokes almost from ball one. His fellow opener James Durans-Paul fell early, bowled by a near unplayable delivery for one.

Overseas player Wally Wright joined Cureton at the crease and they went about setting a solid base for their side. Cureton made his way to 54 before being caught.

Wright continued to accumulate runs at a steady rate and was joined by Jack Fraser, who fell for a breezy 16. Matthew Lunn then helped Wright to keep the score ticking over as they built a partnership.

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Wright fell for 66, bringing Mike Coe to the crease. He and Lunn maintained the healthy scoring rate before the latter fell for a well-made 49. Kennedy and Coe then guided Winscombe to 253-5.

Winscombe’s lack of bowling discipline again proved a problem as opening bowlers Jordan Peters and Jory Cureton failed to hit their areas. Runs flowed for the home side, but wickets also fell, as both opening bowlers managed to snare one batsman each.

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The introduction of Jack Fraser looked to be a good move, as he removed Kumar with only his second ball, but in the same way as the rest of the bowling attack, as Rob Tasker and George Cox took apart the visitor’s attack.

The hosts chased down their target in just 30 overs, with Tasker finishing on 108 not out.

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THE seconds entertained North Petherton and were asked to bat. The visitors had a great start, reducing Winscombe to 13-3. However, this brought Bawden and Bailey together, who managed to steady things before Bawden was out for 23.

Winscombe looked in trouble again, only for Vowles to calm the situation as he and Bailey proceeded to put together an 80-run partnership of which Vowles managed only eight.

By the time Vowles was dismissed, the damage had been done and some big hitting from Coe and Bawden saw Winscombe finish on an impressive 292, with Bailey hitting a commanding 167.

With such a mountain to climb, North Petherton had their backs to the wall and their only real hope was to hold out for the rain.

Their innings was dominated by Jones, who proved stubborn to remove. Winscombe took wickets at regular intervals, but when a rain shower took the players from the field only needing three more wickets to win, it looked like their efforts would be in vain.

After only a delay of 10 minutes, Winscombe managed to remove the last three Petherton batsmen in four overs. The wickets were shared around by four bowlers in this impressive victory.

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