IN-FORM Uplyme and Lyme Regis batsman Tyler Wellman claimed his place in local cricketing folklore on Saturday when he hit his second successive undefeated century.
Tyler hit his third ton for Uplyme when he smashed the 100th run off the last ball of the innings in the first Devon Mini-League match at home to Ottery Sy Mary 2nds. And in the second, away to Axminster, he did it again, carrying his bat for 102 not out, a swashbuckling innings which included 16 fours.
It is believed that this was the first time in Uplyme’s long history that a player had hit a century in two successive games.
Uplyme won the toss and decided to bat, losing three quick wickets with just 44 runs on the board. But when Wellman was joined by No 4 Joe Elsworth, the Axminster attack took a real caning with Elsworth falling just three runs short of his first century for Uplyme when he was run out, having featured in a partnership of 112 with Wellman.
Wellman was still at the crease with 102 runs to his name with the score on 256-4 when the final over of the innings was bowled.
Opening Steve Batey, who is also in good nick, looked set for another big score after hitting two mammoth sixes at Cloakham Lawn before being caught on 24 by Bradley Conway off the bowling of Robin Ellis who finished with two wickets for the loss of 28 runs off seven overs.
In reply, Axminster were bowled out in 19.5 overs for just 48 runs, Daniel Murnane (11) being the only batsmen to get into double figures.
Uplyme’s bowlers rose to the occasion with Steve Batey leading the attack with figures of 3-7 off off just 2.5 overs, well supported by Jibu Varghese (3-11 off seven overs), Sam Farrow (2-3 off two overs) and David Matthews (1-1-20 off five overs).
Uplyme & Lyme Regis 20 points; Axminster Town 3 points.
This victory puts Uplyme firmly at the top of the East E 3 (Tier 5) table with 36 points ten points ahead of Honiton. This coming Saturday (August 8) Uplyme are at home to Honiton(1 pm start), a fixture which might well decide who goes into the knock-out rounds in September from this division.