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.
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