Upottery 2nds still on course for promotion despite defeat at Bradninch

PUBLISHED: 10:39 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:39 22 July 2018

Action from the Upottery 2nd XI defeat at Bradninch. Picture DAN STEVENS

Action from the Upottery 2nd XI defeat at Bradninch. Picture DAN STEVENS

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Upottery 2nds remain a comfortable third in the Tolchards Devon League F Division East table despite a four wicket defeat at top three rivals Bradninch 2nds.

Action from the Upottery 2nd XI defeat at Bradninch. Picture DAN STEVENSAction from the Upottery 2nd XI defeat at Bradninch. Picture DAN STEVENS

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Upottery lost opener Matthew Button-Stephens to a catch for seven with the score on 12. Three more wickets fell; PJ Kall (4), Jack Trevisick (1) and Gary Kennard (32) and, with 61 runs on the board, a low score looked possible. However, Adam Retter (15) and Mike Arscott (28), added 60 for the fifth wicket. The innings then slipped to 126-8 before the tail wagged to see the innings to its close of 188 all out after 37.5 overs.

Stuart Drew (26) and number 10 batsman Judd Jackson (28) were the primary lower order run scorers.

Bradninch lost an early wicket to an Arscott catch behind the stumps off Matthew Frost, but the recovered to reach 58 before Gary Kennard claimed the first of his two wickets. Kennard reduced the home side to 77-3 before Bradninch skipper Chris Acton powered to what was a match winning 75 before he gave Stuart Drew the first of his two wickets.

The home side got home with four wickets in hand and nine balls of the match remaining.

Action from the Upottery 2nd XI defeat at Bradninch. Picture DAN STEVENSAction from the Upottery 2nd XI defeat at Bradninch. Picture DAN STEVENS

Despite the defeat Upottery still have a ‘cushion’ of 42 points with just five games left to play and that all means that another 59 points from those five games – effectively three wins – and Upottery 2nds will gain promotion at the end of the current campaign.

Action from the Upottery 2nd XI defeat at Bradninch. Picture DAN STEVENSAction from the Upottery 2nd XI defeat at Bradninch. Picture DAN STEVENS

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