AFTER a tiring but hugely enjoyable tour to Cornwall last week, followed by hosting the annual Lifeboat Week fixture on Friday evening, a weary Uplyme and Lyme Regis made the long journey to Barnstaple and Pilton determined to earn 20 points to keep the pressure on Devon Cricket league D Division leaders Alphington and Countess Wear.
Uplyme won the toss and put the home side in to bat. They were no match for the lively Uplyme attack, losing wickets steadily, including a complete middle order, and were all out for 125. Men to do the damage for Uplyme were Joe Elsworth who finished with figures of 4 for 18 off nine overs and Steve Batey (3 for 24 off nine).
Uplyme secured the 20 points required to maintain their challenge at the top by dismissing Barnstaple and Pilton for 127 in 21 overs for the loss of only one wicket. They were steered to victory by Steve Batey (58 not out) and Sam Farrow (44 not out).
Uplyme move back into second place and this coming Sunday are away to Kentisbeare who are bottom of the table. With five game left, it’s all to play for at the top of the table.
*Uplyme and Lyme Regis failed to win a place in the semi-final of the Devon League Corinthian Cup 20-20 at Sampford Peverell and Tiverton last evening (Monday).
Peverell won the toss and elected to bat, setting a target of 151-8. The wickets were shared by Tyler Wellman, Andrew Harrison and Harvey Brimicombe with two apiece.
In reply, Uplyme loss opener Tyler Wellman for a duck and Joe Elsworth and Steve Batey also went cheaply. Sam Farrow (40) and Mark Batey (30) pushed the score along and Louis Strong carried his bat for 30, but they ran out of overs and were 13 runs short at the end.
Uplyme can now concentrate on the final of the new East Devon Bash T-20 competition again old rivals Seaton at the King George V playing field on Sunday (start 2 pm).