AT 2:17pm on Saturday, Ewan Pedder bowled to North Devon’s number three batsman who duly edged the ball into the greatful and reliable hands of Bruce Maltby – just reward for two of Uplyme’s unsung heroes who have made themselves available for a majority of the season.
The catch secured the point required to gain promotion to D division East for next season and prompted huge celebrations, both on the field, especially from the travelling support of Terry Matthews and Steve (Scroll) Rowlands.
Uplyme did go on to lose the game with North Devon smashing 377-6 and Uplyme being all out for 118 with only Charlie Moss shining with a classy 36.
It was a great effort by the nine players, after a late injury to Jacob Maltby, who made the 150-mile round trip to Instow on the North Devon coast on a bank holiday Saturday. They secured the point needed for promotion and ensured the club fulfilled the fixture and avoided a 10-point deduction .
After a topsy-turvy season in which Uplyme have been bowled out for 28 and 29, the team have shown great character in winning six out of there last seven games to keep Topsham at bay and secure promotion .
Secretary Derek Wellman commented: “It has been a tough season with only 20 players signed on and no 2nd XI to fall back on, but every player has shown dedication to the club and we thank them for that.”
Next Saturday Uplyme host Topsham in the final league game to be followed by a promotion/presentation evening party to which all are welcome.
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