Struggling Uplyme put up brave fight

UPLYME & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, facing a financial crisis off the pitch, put up a brave fight in a low-scoring game at the King George V playing field yesterday (Saturday).

Uplyme won the toss against Barnstaple and Pilton CC and elected to bat. But they were soon in trouble, losing opener Laurie Thomas with only one run on the board.

In the end they were bowled out for 80 off 27.2 overs, with six batsmen failing to trouble the scorer. The only real resistance came from Steve Batey, batting at number five, who scored 38 runs . Only two other batsmen, Rob Thom (12) and James Whetlor (10) managed double figures.

Barnstaple & Pilton knocked off the required runs for victory in 19 overs but it didn’t go all their way.  They lost seven figures before winning the game with James Whetlor starring with the ball, taking 4-27 off his nine allotted overs.

An emergency meeting is being held at the Uplyme club on Monday evening for members and supporters to discuss the club’s dire financial position. In a letter to all those connected to the club, chairman Ian Thomas said the club had to raise £4,000 by early in September to continue operating.

Former players are getting together to organise a reunion dinner to raise finds at the Lyme Regis Football Club on Thursday, August 23rd with comedian Jimmy Quinn. Tickets for a two-course supper are £15 available by calling Philip Evans on 07796 951991.

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