UPLYME and Lyme Regis are wasting no time in getting in as much practice as they can before the delayed start of the 2020 season on July 25.
With the government giving permission this week for recreational sport to start again, Uplyme have arranged four friendly fixtures over the next two weeks with strict stringent distancing and hygiene regulations being laid down by the English Cricket Board.
They start today (Saturday) with an away match against old adversaries Kilmington in a 35-over game, starting at 1pm.
Included in the Uplyme line-up will be new signing, all-rounder Joe Elsworth, who has been transferred from Kilmington.
Also in the team will be wicketkeeper Alfie Jacques who has returned to his home club from Bristol.
Full line-up: C. Moss, S. Batey, A. Jaques, T. Wellman, J. Elsworth, M. Batey, D. Matthews, T.Daniel, M. Hancock. Umpire – D. Wellman. Scorer – J. Hunt.
On Sunday Uplyme will welcome Devon Medics to the King George V playing field for a 35-over match, starting at 2pm.
On Wednesday (July 15), the East Devon villagers will meet Crewkerne in a T20 encounter, starting at 6pm.
Their fourth friendly may be a sterner test when they meet Devon League Division A side Seaton on Saturday, July 18 at the KG5 in a 35-over game, starting at 2pm.
With so many weeks lost due to COVID-19 this season, the Devon League are proposing to run hyper leagues of four teams who will play each other home and away.
Then in the first two weeks of September there will be play-off matches to decide the winners of the mini-league.
Whilst not the summer they were looking forward to after a successful 2019 season, the Uplyme cricketers will be pleased to get back in action to continue the great spirit being forged under the new chairmanship of Steve Batey.