UPLYME & Lyme Regis Cricket Club finished their 2019 season on a high with yet another 20-point victory – this time at home to close rivals Topsham St James – and then celebrated in style.
It means that Uplyme, who nearly went out of business last year, finished in third place in the Devon League Division E East behind North Devon and Sidmouth 3rds. They won 12 of their 18 games and will be promoted to Division D East next season.
Their success represents a huge turnaround from the troubles of last season when they were unable to fulfil their fixtures and were struggling financially.
But the community rallied round to raise the necessary funds to put the club back on a steady financial keel with the decision being made by the membership to scrap the 2nd X1.
In Saturday’s last game of the season, Uplyme won the toss and put Topsham into bat, bowling them out for 177 in 37.1 overs. Charlie Moss was the star bowler, taking 4 for 43 off five overs with Tyler Wellman claiming two victims for the loss of just ten runs in eight overs.
In reply, Uplyme knocked off the required runs with just two balls left with Steve Batey top scoring on 45 with fellow opener Charlie Moss contributing a useful 22. Batting at number 5, Duncan Ross carried his bat for 31 and there were useful knocks also from Bruce Maltby (13), Jedd Whittington (14) and Mark Brimicombe (18 not out).
Uplyme celebrated their season with a presentation party in the clubhouse afterwards when the following awards were made: clubman of the. year – Jon Hunt; player of the year – Steve Batey; fielding – Mark Batey; young player of the year – Jacob Maltby; most improved player – Charlie Moss; most enthusiastic – Jibu Varghese; sixes – Steve Batey.