Seaton II march on and title is within touching disatnce after Uplyme success

10:24 14 August 2014

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Uplyme and Lyme Regis II went down by 158 runs at the hands of 2nd XI D Division East champions-elect Seaton II, writes Eddie Clarke.

Invited to bat first on a perfect batting strip Seaton did not look the gift horse in the mouth and proceeded to make hay on a beautiful sunny day. Captain Ian Hunt went early, beaten for pace by Wesley Holmes, spooning an attempted hook shot to the safe hands of Rod Holmes.

That was to be Uplyme ‘s only success for the majority of the innings as Will Mudd and young Ollie Pinnock put together a partnership of 236 runs that saw Mudd reach a personal best of 160 and Pinnock fall just short of his century when Harvey Brimicombe bowled him for 97.

Both batsmen compiled their innings’ with patience and excellent shot selection and took advantage of a missed stumping and some sloppy Uplyme catching to ride their luck and see Seaton to an unassailable total of 287.

Despite the mountain to climb Uplyme started their reply in a positive vein and Clarke (14) and Brimicombe put on 42 in six overs before James Thomas bowled the latter for 29. There afterwards the innings stuttered along in the face of some accurate bowling and agile fielding. A number of Uplyme batsmen made starts but could not put substantial partnerships together. Ian Thomas, playing his first game for 30 years contributed 15 and Wallace Blackmore added 20, but the Seaton bowlers led by Dan Thomas (3-7) and Phil Collins (2-20), were too strong. They dismissed Uplyme for a paltry 129 to confirm their position at the top of the division and odds on favorites for promotion.

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