Spirits high at cricket club despite difficult season

Award winners at Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club's dinner and presentation night pictured with Brian Rattenbury, Gary Rowland and chairman Ian Thomas

DESPITE a difficult playing season in which both teams finished bottom of their respective leagues, the spirit remains high at Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, evidenced at their annual dinner and presentation night at the Talbot Arms on Friday.

The event was attended by around 40 players, supporters and guests who were pleased to hear chairman Ian Thomas announce that the club’s early-season financial worries were over as the players and community had rallied round and raised £8,000. This had enabled the club to complete the purchase of a roller and to be able to carry out necessary renovations to the pavilion.

Early in the season Mr Thomas called a public meeting to outline their precarious financial position which could have resulted in the club, formed 132 years ago, folding.

However, the players got together to organise an auction which raised £3,000, ex-players organised a reunion night raising £1,300, the Talbot Arms made generous donation, as did Mark Bailey’s Sporting Chance and there was also generous support from Lyme Regis Town Council and Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee as well as from individuals.

Mr Thomas also announced that the club was making good progress with regard to the future of the pavilion and he thanked Uplyme resident Anita Williams, a solicitor, for her help in this matter.

Awards

Clubman of the year  – Derek Wellman

1st XI Player of the year – Laurie Thomas

2nd XI Player of the year – Gabriel Maltby

1st XI Captains Cup – Tyler Wellman

2nd XI Captains Cup – Jerry Sims

Most improved player  – Ewan Pedder

Young player of the year – Jack Rattenbury

Fielding player of the year – Tyler Wellman

Sixes Cup – Steve Batey

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