UPLYME and Lyme Regis made an impressive start to their new Devon League E East 3 mini-league campaign with a comprehensive victory over Ottery St Mary 2nds at the King George V playing field yesterday afternoon.
Their first game in the coronavirus-delayed 2020 season was rain affected with the start being delayed by two hours with the overs being reduced to 30.
Ottery won the toss and put Uplyme into bat, claiming two quick wickets, opener Alfie Jacques falling with just one run to his name and Number 2 Joe Elsworth failing to trouble the corers.
But then Tyler Wellman joined his cousin and opening bat Steve Batey who in a scintillating partnership of 177, took the score to 206-2 with Wellman, who was in intimidating form, reaching his third century for Uplyme, hitting his 100th run of the very last ball of the innings. Batey carried his bat for 82, a true skipper’s innings.
Ottery tried another six bowlers to try and break the partnership but after Luke Tierney and Freddie Elu-Barker claimed the early Uplyme wickets.
In reply, Ottery scored 85 for the loss three wickets off 20 overs before the rain returned, the score being adjusted to 155 giving Uplyme a 121-victory. Steve Batey, Harvey Brimicombe and Dave Matthews shared the wickets with one apiece.
Uplyme 16 points; Ottery 3 points.
Other results in the East E 3 Division: Honiton 88-5 (18 ponts); Axminster 87-9 (4 points).
Watch the moment Tyler Wellman scored his third century for Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club: