IN glorious sunshine and before an expectant crowd, Uplyme and Lyme Regis consolidated their position at the top of the Devon Cricket League D Division East with another 20-point victory.
This home fixture against Kentisbeare delivered Uplyme’s third win out of five, the other two being rained off, leaving them with a ten-point lead at the top of the table.
The villagers’ batting strength was again much in evidence with opener Steve Batey scoring another half century (57) before holing out frustratingly to a full toss.
Once again, Batey was well supported by brother Mark, who hit 55, but the star of the show was last season’s batting sensation Tyler Wellman, who carried his bat for a patient but glorious 88.
It was Wellman who last season hit three consecutive centuries, a feat never seen in local cricketing circles before.
When he came to the wicket at number four there was great anticipation from the spectators that his first century of the new season might well be on the cards.
On a wicket not conducive to high scoring with the ball keeping low, probably due to the amount of rain recently, Wellman paced himself well but with ten overs to go and 33 runs on the board he opened his shoulders and was 80 not put when Kentisbeare’s 45 overs were completed.
Skipper Sam Farrow batted sensibly for his 31 and Harvey Brimicombe added a useful 13 in Uplyme’s total of 282-4.
Kentisbeare never looked capable of reaching that total with the exception of opener Harvey Sanders who made a stylish 71.
Bowling honours for Uplyme were shared by Steve Batey (3 for 25), Harvey Brimicombe (3 for 33) and Jibu Varghese who bowled well for his 3-14 off six overs.
On Wednesday evening, Uplyme travel to Ottery St Mary (start 6.15pm) in their first East Devon Bash T-20 tournament sponsored by LymeOnline and the Nub News websites.
On Saturday they are away to Feniton who have won just one of their five games so far.