Uplyme through to semi-finals in Devon cricket mini-league

Uplyme & Lyme Regis ended their league fixtures on a high with another defeat over Ottery St Mary, with man of the match Joe Elsworth scoring his maiden century, pictured here being presented with a bottle of champagne by club secretary Derek Wellman on behalf of match sponsor LymeOnline

UPLYME & Lyme Regis completed their Devon Mini-League fixtures at Ottery St Mary yesterday with another convincing victory to maintain their 100 per cent record.

It means they finish runaway winners of the East E 3 (Tier 5) division and now go into the semi-finals of the play-offs where they will meet Feniton in the Tier 5 semi-final.

Uplyme finish the league fixtures with 112 points, 57 points ahead of their nearest rivals Honiton.

Ottery won the toss and put Uplyme into bat. Openers Charlie Moss and Mark Batey, deputising for his brother, skipper Steve Batey opened the batting but both were back in the pavilion without overworking the umpires.

That brought together Joe Elsworth and triple century-maker Tyler Wellman together and the Ottery fielders must have realised they were in for a busy afternoon.

The two of them took Uplyme’s score to 200 with no further loss of wickets off their allotted 40 overs. Elsworth carried his bat for 108 including eight fours and three sixes, his maiden century for Uplyme, and Wellman was undefeated on 45 (including five fours).

In reply, Ottery never looked like chasing such a high score, especially with Elsworth is fine form with the ball as well as the bat. He ended up getting the man-of-the-match award by taking 5 for 22 off six overs with his batting partner Wellman weighing in with two wickets.

Ottery St Mary 4 points; Uplyme and Lyme Regis 20 points.

Uplyme have got together their strongest squad for many seasons and based on talent they could have played in a higher tier. They will now fancy their chances of going all the way in Tier 5.

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