THERE has not been a century scored at the King George V playing field for three years – but spectators at Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club’s first home match of the season against Bradninch were treated to a magnificent 100 on Saturday.
The man with the bat was all-round sportsman Mark Batey, who failed to trouble the scorer’s in Uplyme’s opening game at Woodbury. He hammered the visitors to all corners of the ground in an entertaining display of controlled but aggressive stroke play to score 109 – his maiden century – to steer Uplyme to third place in the Devon Cricket League E Division East, one point behind leaders North Devon 2nds and Sidmouth 3rds.
His innings was a contributory factor in securing Uplyme a maximum of 20 points finishing on 217-5 off the 40 overs faced, with Bradninch being skittles out later for 1124.
Mark, batting at number three, shared in a 132 partnership with his brother, Steve, who opened the inning’s with a stylish knock of 66. After acknowledging the applause from the Uplyme spectators, Mark allowed himself a moment of modest self congratulations with a slight punch in the air, such was his delight in scoring his first century.
When he returned to the pavilion, he was met with a standing ovation from those enjoying a drink on the new terrace area at the club.
Best bowling honours for Uplyme were shared by the Maltby brothers, 14-year-old Jason, who finished with figures of 4-29 off seven overs, and Gabriel (17) 2-8 off seven overs. And Neil Price weighed in 2-39 off nine overs.
The last century at the King George V playing was scored by Adam Caddy in 2016.
This coming Saturday Uplyme face a sterner test when they travel to second placed Sidmouth 3rds.
- Mark and Steven are part of Lyme’s Wellman sporting dynasty. They are the grandchildren on the late Brian Wellman, a stalwart players and committee man for Lyme Regis Football Club where their grandmother, Kath Wellman, has helped to run the tea hut for more than 50 years. Their uncle, Derek Wellman, is a former Lyme RREgis footballer and was a brilliant batsman and fielder for Uplyme in his younger days. He is currently club secretary and an umpire at Uplyme and has played a crucial part in the revival of Uplyme’s fortunes after a difficult period. Derek’s brother, Roger, also played for Lyme Regis FC, and their cousin, Tyler, a talented footballer, is currently playing cricket in Australia for Uplyme’s twin club, Deepdene Bears.