Rain scuppers Uplyme’s chances of T/20 final success

Tyler Wellman cracks the ball through the covers

UPLYME and Lyme Regis Cricket Club’s chances of winning the Tidball 20/20 tournament at Shaldon on Sunday were scuppered by the rain.

Full of confidence from their previous day Devon League 20-point victory over Upottery, Uplyme sailed through their semi-final clash, hitting 169-7 off their 20 overs against Ivybridge 2nds who were then skittled out for just 69.

It was the Batey brothers who did most damage against Ivybridge with Mark top scoring on 31 and Steve hitting 30 before being caught and bowled.

Star bowler for Uplyme was young Jacob Maltby who took four wickets and only conceded nine runs. Steve Batey weighed in for two victims at a cost of only seven runs in 2.4 overs.

Topsham St James won a place in the final against Uplyme, dismissing Honiton for 98 and then knocking off the winning runs in just nine overs without loss.

In the final, Topsham batted first and set a challenging total of 157-7 to chase. Openers Tyler Wellman (30) and Steve Batey (24) gave Uplyme an encouraging start but as the rain clouds came in Uplyme lost a succession of quick wickets before the skies opened and the game was abandoned with the score on 96-6, Uplyme losing on run rate by 14 runs.

Nevertheless, it was a great achievement by Uplyme who are well in contention for promotion from the Devon Cricket League Division E East with just four games left to play.

Club chairman Ian Thomas, who travelled with the team and a number of spectators, said it was a “great effort” and the players had done the club proud.

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Veteran journalist and newspaper manager Philip Evans has worked in the publishing industry for more than half a century. He started out as a reporter for Pulman’s Weekly News as a young man and went on to work for an international publishing company in the UK, South Africa and Australia before returning to Lyme Regis where he is still reporting on local events as he has done for more than 53 years.

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