TWO consecutive centuries was thought to be a record in East Devon club cricket but just to make sure Tyler Wellman scored another 100 in Uplyme & Lyme Regis’ 138-run victory at home to Honiton on Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Uplyme lost their first three wickets cheaply before Tyler came to the crease batting at No 4.
At this juncture the home side were struggling on 50-3 but Wellman soon demonstrated that he was still in commanding form and in another spell-binding innings saw Uplyme through to 200 plus but on this occasion he lost his wicket , having scored 106 runs, when caught by Michael Docherty off James Pickard’s bowling.
Wellman is beginning to be a bit of a box-office attraction at Uplyme with a large crowd eager to see him bat every week and he has already said his going to try and make it four centuries in a row next Saturday.
Uplyme’s middle order saw them through to score of 247 for 6 off the 40 overs with Joe Elsworth (43) and No 7 Sam Farrow (40) making important contributions.
It was a long, hot afternoon for the Honiton bowlers with James Pickard (2 for 32) and Michael Docherty (2 for 36) finishing with the best figures.
Although Honiton got off to a steady start with 51 runs on the board and just two wickets down, the middle order and tail collapsed and they were all out for 109 with one batsmen, Lewis Blackwell, having to retire because of the heat.
Skipper Steve Batey was the pick of the Uplyme attack, taking 5 for 12 off eight overs. Tyler Wellman (2 for 7 off 2 overs) and Sam Farrow (2 for 23 off 5) shared the other wickets.
This victory leaves Uplyme leading the table with 56 points and favourites to go into the knock-out stages in September.
Uplyme & Lyme Regis 20 points; Honiton 5 points.
On Saturday Uplyme are home at to Axminster town (1 pm start)
Sunday saw a very comfortable victory. chasing down Broadwindsor’s 94 with nine wickets to spare. The coming Sunday they welcome Hook and Powerstock to the King George V playing field for another friendly.
Next Wednesday and Thursday (August 19/30) the club is hosting an open session for girls and women to try their hand at cricket.