FOLLOWING a successful fundraising campaign over the off season, Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club officially unveiled its new roller on Sunday, June 9.
It was almost a year ago when club chairman Ian Thomas called an emergency meeting and told members and supporters of the 132-year-old club that it was in danger of folding if it could not raise the funds for the roller – an essential piece of equipment needed to continue playing cricket on the King George V playing field.
The local community leapt into action, with businesses and organisations from across Uplyme and Lyme Regis offering sponsorship, and existing and former members of the club hosting fundraising events.
The fundraising campaign was so successful that the club was able to refurbish its pavilion with the construction of a new patio area, as well as purchase the essential roller, which has been named after former club chairman, the late Paul Messer.
Sponsors including and Mr Messer’s widow June were invited to the King George V playing field on Sunday, June 9 for the official unveiling of the roller. Guests were welcomed by Mr Thomas, who thanked all those who had supported the campaign and commented on how great it was to see the two communities of Uplyme and Lyme Regis come together.
Main sponsors attending included Steve and Wendy Gardner from the Talbot Arms, Lesley Stone from the Royal Lion Hotel, Sharon Ward from Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee, Neil Pullinger from Uplyme United Charities, and the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, representing Lyme Regis Town Council.
The event coincided with a T20 cricket festival, which saw Uplyme win over Sidford.
Woodbury CC had also been scheduled to take part in the festival but, after a late withdrawal and hasty adjustment to the programme, Sidbury won the toss and elected to bat first.
They were quickly on the rack at 16-5 with tight bowling from Ben Taylor (1-5), Steve Batey (1-16) and Harvey Brimicombe (2-30) returning from his recent foot operation.
Any thoughts of a quick victory were quickly dispelled as Will Foster (26) and Barney Stone (11) added 39 for the sixth wicket, before the innings struggled to 90 all out with Dave Matthews (2-19).
Wickets were spread evenly between the remaining Uplyme bowlers with Max Helton and Mark Brimicombe taking one each.
Ben Taylor (43) led the Uplyme reply in an opening stand of 34 with Steve Batey (8) and 40 for the second wicket with Mark Batey (11).
Bruce Maltby fell for 9 before Jedd Whittington (8no) and Mark Brimicombe saw Uplyme home to a six wicket win with two overs to spare.