Uplyme storm back to top of the table
By Philip Evans
11th Aug 2022 | Cricket
C DIVISION EAST
AFTER some indifferent form in recent weeks, Uplyme and Lyme Regis have stormed back to the top of the Devon Cricket league Division C East after beating close opponents Alphington and Countess Wear by 106 runs on Saturday.
A string of poor results saw Uplyme drop to seventh place after leading the table for several weeks at the beginning of the season. They returned to winning ways with a narrow victory over bottom club Upottery and on Saturday a 20-point win over rivals Alphington took them to the top of the table on equal points with Sidmouth 2nd X1.
Uplyme won the toss and elected with bat. They lost opening Mark Batey for a duck but his partner, Anand Abishek was again in sparking form with a knock of 88 which put them on the road to victory. None of the other batters really got going with the exception of Steve Batey who contributed a useful 38, setting the home team a target of 222 runs to beat off of 44 overs.
On their own wicket, 222 runs would normally not be beyond Alphington but it was a spell of nine overs from Tyler Wellman, who claimed five wickets for the loss of 19 runs sunk them and the home side were all out for a meagre 116 runs.
Uplyme 20 points, Alphington and Countess Wear 7 points
Uplyme miss out in Corinthian Cup
Uplyme were back in action on Sunday when they competed in the finals of the league's T-20 competition for the coveted Corinthian Cup, held at Ivybridge.
Uplyme made in through to the finals, beating Sandford in the semi-final by 68 runs. They won the toss and batted first, setting a total of 184 runs to chase.Top scorer was Joe Elsworth (60), well supported by Tyler Wellman (45) and Anand Abishek (33).
Sandford were dismissed for 116 with Charlie Moss taking the bowling honours, dismissing three Sandford batters for the loss of just four runs.
In the final, Uplyme faced Tavistock. Having won the toss they decided t bat and made 139 for nine in their 20 overs. No real fireworks from the Uplyme batters, and so often in then past, with Sam Farrow top scoring on 30.
Uplyme bowlers kept the early Tavistock batters under control and at the halfway stage they only had 54 runs on the board. When opener Jack Smyly was dismissed for 61, the pendulum swung win Uplyme's way but No 7 Marc Webber hit 31 off 15 balls to win the game for Tavistock.
It was the fifth time Uplyme's T-20 skipper Steve Batey, the club chairman, had competed in the finals day but th trophy continues to elude him.
C DIVISION EAST
Chardstock look destined for relegation after losing their 11th game at home to Whimple, leaving them well adrift at the bottom of Division C East.
The visitors elected to bat after winning the toss and set a more than challenging 334 runs for Chardstock to chase. Best bowling figures for Chardstock came from Alex Dunesby, who finished with 3-49 off nine overs.
In reply, Chardstock opener Robert Garth hit 45, as did No 4 Tom Warren, and skipper Stuart Parris chipped in with 27, but they were all out for 209 in 40 overs.
Chardstock 9 points; Whimple 20 points.