UPLYME & Lyme Regis Cricket Club’s troubled season ended on Saturday with a home victory over Countess Wear, just their third of the current campaign.
The visitors, who fielded just nine men, elected to bat after winning the toss and were bowled out for 174 runs.
Skipper Laurie Thomas returned the best bowling figures for Uplyme, taking three wickets for the loss of 27 runs off his allotted nine overs. Neil Price and Charlie Moss each claimed two wickets.
The skipper also starred with the bat hitting 41 runs. Top scorer was Tyler Wellman, who is off to Australia to play cricket in the autumn with help from the Uplyme and Lyme Regis Sports Trust, scoring 43. Other useful scores came from Steve Batey (39), Charlie Moss (29) and Mark Brimicombe (26).
Uplyme finish bottom of the Devon Cricket League Division D East with 100 points.
Uplyme & Lyme Regis 2nd X1 also finished bottom of their league with 61 points from their 14 games. They completed their season on Saturday away to Cheriton Fitzpaine. Uplyme were bowled out for 106 runs and the home team knocked off the required runs for the loss of two wickets in 17 overs.
The good news for Uplyme is that their financial difficulties have been solved following players. ex-players and the community rallying round to ensure the club is in a sound position to continue.
The club will be holding their awards night at the Talbot Arms on September 14th.
Club members now face the decision of how to proceed, having struggled to field two league sides this season, when they meet for their annual meeting. It would seem that most regular players are in favour of dropping down to one league team and playing more friendlies on a Sunday.
Travelling in the Devon League is a major issue for a club on the far eastern extremities of the county and there are many who still mourn the old East Devon Cricket League when travelling was kept to a bare minimum and in which, I am told by one of Uplyme’s long-standing stalwarts, the standard of cricket was higher.
On Bank Holiday Monday Uplyme faced the farcical situation of having to travel to Barnstaple in North Devon when traffic was at its peak and were just unable to raise a side