Fun and games as cricketers celebrate successful season

Uplyme players were joined by friends – some more accustomed to the football pitch and making their cricketing debut – for two end of season friendlies. Pictured from left, Tyler Wellman, Ryan Prendeville, Dan Prendeville, Jon Davies, Sam Pollard Jones, James Bond, Imran Chowdhury, Harvey Brimicombe and Ali Trueman
Uplyme & Lyme Regis ended their league fixtures on a high with another defeat over Ottery St Mary, with man of the match Joe Elsworth scoring his maiden century, pictured here being presented with a bottle of champagne by club secretary Derek Wellman on behalf of match sponsor LymeOnline

UPLYME & Lyme Regis Cricket Club have been celebrating their success as the shortened season draws to a close.

Following a busy winter preparing the King George V field and making improvements to the clubhouse, cricket – like all sports – was struck by the coronavirus pandemic and it was uncertain whether there would be a 2020 season at all.

When the government finally gave the go ahead for local cricket to start in July, a series of mini leagues were set up across Devon to squeeze matches into just two months.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis immediately sprung into action and took the East E 3 (Tier 5) division by storm. They finished their fixtures undefeated and started attracting record crowds after Tyler Wellman smashed three consecutive centuries.

The club is now heading to the semi-finals of the play-offs where they will meet Feniton in the Tier 5 semi-final on Saturday.

But that hasn’t stopped them celebrating their success so far over the past week.

On Sunday the club hosted a social day to mark the end of the season, with members and supporters invited for drinks, a barbecue and fun and games at the King George V playing field, including sports day-style races and an egg catching competition.

And on Tuesday night, Uplyme player Harvey Brimicombe organised another of his ‘Allstar’ friendlies, calling on team mates and friends – some more accustomed to the football pitch and making their cricketing debut.

After winning against a team from The Talbot Arms, including many of their former teachers from The Woodroffe School, in August, Harvey’s Allstars were called up for a rematch and the pub side successfully got their revenge.

The team and supporters enjoyed some sports day-style fun and games at a social event on Sunday, including an egg catching competition
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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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