ON A blustery but sunny day Devon League Division C East leaders Uplyme and Lyme Regis won the toss and batted first on a flat pitch at mid-table Braunton.
Openers Mike Langford (30) and Mark Batey (19) were steady and played some nice shots as Uplyme reached 50 without loss. Then, due to some poor shot making and Langford being adjudged leg before, Uplyme collapsed to 64 for four.
Skipper Sam Farrow (34) and Andrew Harrison Harrison (15) steadied the ship before Farrow edged down the leg side. The rest of the wickets fell quickly and Uplyme were all out on 152 with Nick Dinnison adding useful 16.
The seven-man Braunton attack bowled tightly with four of them getting two victims apiece.
Braunton batted very sensibly and rarely looked in danger of losing many wickets. Their wicketkeeper and opener Sam Bithell batted responsibly for his 66 not out.
Skipper Farrow commented afterwards: “A disappointing performance from us. Bruanton bowled and fielded well and our batting was just not good enough on this occasion. I think 152 was 80-100 below par on that pitch and there was simply never enough runs on the board for us to build pressure with the ball. Hopefully this can be a good learning opportunity and we can put out mistakes right and get top spot back next week!”
With just six points from the game, Uplyme slipped into second place, four points behind Sanford 2nds, their opponents at the King George V playing field this coming Saturday.