A BRILLIANT century by Bruce Maltby steered Uplyme and Lyme Regis to their second victory of the season at home to Clyst St George on Saturday.
In one of the finest innings seen at the King George V playing field for some time, the experienced batsmen hit 14 fours and three sixes in his ton.
Uplyme won the toss and elected to bat but got off to a poor start, losing openers Jedd Whittington and Laurie Thomas with only eight runs on the board. Mark Batey (18) helped steady the innings and then his brother Steve came to the wicket and with Maltby punished the Clyst bowlers in blistering heat, taking the score to 235-5 with Batey contributing a swashbuckling 84, which included nine fours and four sixes.
Uplyme amassed 268-6 off their allotted 45 overs but the visitors did not shirk the challenge of chasing such a high score, failing in the end by just two runs short of victory when stumps were drawn with their score on 266-9.
Laurie Thomas returned the best figures in Uplyme’s seven-man bowling attack, finishing with 3-53. Charlie Moss and Mark Batey weighed in with two wickets apiece.
The victory brought Uplyme 19 much-need runs which narrows the gap at the bottom of the D Division East to just five points.
It was also a successful afternoon for Uplyme & Lyme Regis 2nds who had a 19-point victory over Topsham Saints, making it the club’s best weekend of the season.