UPLYME & Lyme Regis made sure of their position in the Devon League mini knock-out rounds with another resounding victory yesterday (Saturday).
They made sure of their position at the top of the East E 3 (Tier 5) division with an 89-run victory over Honiton who are their nearest rivals.
Uplyme won the toss at Honiton and decided to bat. The visitors were without their influential skipper Steve Batey so in-form batsmen Tyler Wellman, who has hit three consecutive centuries this season, was pushed up the order to open.
And just to prove that the game of cricket has no respect for those in good form, before he knew it Tyler was making his way back to the pavilion without a run to his name.
It was left to opener Mark Batey (96) to steady the ship and steer Uplyme to a winning total of 229 for 5 off their 40 overs, failing to match his brother’s century last week by just four runs. Good support came from Joe Elsworth (37), Alfie Jacques (35) and Sam Farrow (26).
Willy Graham was the pick of the Honiton bowlers with figures of 2 for 47 off eight overs.
In reply Honiton never looked like challenging the Uplyme score and were all out for 140 with only Kieran Conway (37) and Willy Graham (19) putting up any resistance.
Sam Farrow was the pick of the Uplyme bowlers, finishing with figures of 4 for 29 off 5.2 over with Sam Wooster and Harvey Brimicombe grabbing a couple of wickets each.
Honiton 5 points; Uplyme & Lyme Regis 20 points.
This victory sees Uplyme sitting on top of the East E 3 (Tier 5) division with 92 points, 37 points ahead of Honiton . With just one league came left, they are assured of a place in the knock-out rounds as division leaders.
Their last game next Saturday is away to Ottery St Mary (1pm start)