Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club win by two runs to maintain their top spot

 

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FOLLOWING back-to-back successful run chases in their first two games, Uplyme and Lyme Regis batsmen were given the opportunity to have first use of Saturday’s wicket after skipper Sam Farrow lost his third consecutive toss.

On a warm afternoon, openers Martin Langford and Mark Batey came under pressure from some tight early bowling.

Batey eventually perished in the eighth over, well caught in the slips for 11.

Joe Elsworth joined Langford and the pair were able to consolidate until the 20th over when Elsworth slashed to point for 16.

Langford soon joined Elsworth back in the pavilion, gloving Daniel Alford behind for a measured 15, leaving Uplyme 70-3 in the 24th over.

Overseas batsman Abhishek Anand, who had announced his arrival by depositing his first ball for 6, was joined by skipper Sam Farrow with Uplyme needing to up the run rate to post a competitive total.

The pair set about doing just that, moving the score to 127 before Abhi was caught at mid-off for 38 off 28 balls.

Tyler Wellman joined Farrow and the pair continued to push on the run rate; Farrow bringing up his 50 with his sixth six.

Wellman, whose stumps were rattled early after playing all around a free hit, soon joined Farrow in the boundary hitting with the pair adding 98 for the fifth wicket in just 12 overs before he was bowled for 31.

Uplyme eventually reached 231-6 off their 45 overs, with Farrow finishing unbeaten on 91 from 69 balls.

Ottery got off to a strong start with 14 coming off the opening over but were soon pegged back by some accurate bowling from young left armer Nabi Temori (0-19) and Jibu Varghese (0-16).

Uplyme were vocal in the field and eventually had something to shout about when Davey drove Elsworth (2-65) to Lamb-Wilson at cover for 19, leaving Ottery 41-1 in the 11th over.

Uplyme then put the squeeze on, with Ottery reaching 81-1 at drinks. Ottery were still ahead of Uplyme at the same stage so the game was well and truly on.

Brilliant spells from Langford (2-34) and Andy Harrison (2-45) brought the game back into Upylme’s favour, reducing Ottery to 98-5.

Some poor fielding let Uplyme down, with No 3 Jonathan Triner giving two simple chances that went to ground early on and he began to make them pay alongside new man Matthew Jeacock.

With 10 an over required the ball began disappearing, keeping Ottery on track for an unlikely chase.

Jeacock finally fell for 40 off 34 balls, skying one off Elsworth and Triner soon followed for a well made 69. That left Ottery 195-7 with 3.2 overs to go.

Number 8 Sam O’Nyons launched two sixes in the 43rd over leaving just 16 required off the last two.

A tight penultimate over from Wellman (1-40) left 10 required off the last. Elsworth held his nerve and reduced this to Ottery needing six off the last ball for their 2nd consecutive tie.

Elsworth duly delivered a leg side full toss which fortunately fell a few yards short of the boundary as Uplyme ran out winners by two runs.

Uplyme took 19 points from the game and extended their lead at the top of the Devon League C Division East as the only unbeaten side while Ottery took home eight points.

A brilliant game of cricket enjoyed by 130-plus spectators at the King George V playing field. Thanks are passed to The Old Forge Fossil Shop for sponsoring the game and all the player and club sponsors.

This coming Saturday, Uplyme are away to Upottery who have lost two of their three opening games.

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