Upottery frustrated by Uplyme and Lyme Regis ‘no show’

PUBLISHED: 10:53 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 08 August 2018

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Upottery were left frustrated in their efforts to play on match day 14 of the Tolchards Devon Cricket League D Division East campaign when their scheduled opponents, Uplyme and Lyme Regis, were once again unable to raise an eleven for the fixture.

It does mean Upottery banked a full 20 points without sending down a ball in anger.

Upottery skipper Mark Joyce said: “It was frustrating, especially to get a call as late as 10.30am on the match day. However, these things happen and I guess they have a problem or two their end.”

Just five points separate Upottery (in fourth spot) and a Chardstock side that currently occupy third spot – and with it the final promotion berth to go up with Heathcoat II and Exmouth II. This Saturday (August 11), Upottery visit Chardstock for what now looks a ‘massive’ game in terms of who will be playing cricket in a higher division next season.

Joyce says of the game: “It’s massive, there is no escaping that. What’s more, they beat us good and proper at our place earlier in the season when they ended our long unbeaten home record, so you could certainly say ‘we owe them one’!”

Upottery are at full strength for the big game at Chardstock.

Upottery 2nds are set to be playing at a higher level. They were emphatic nine-wicket winners over Honiton 2nds in an F Division East meeting and now require just 25 points from their remaining four games to guarantee starting next season in the E Division East.

A good all-round bowling display from Upottery restricted Honiton to a closing total of 167-8 from their 40 overs. Matt Frost took the individual bowling honours with his return of 3-32 from eight overs and there were single wickets for Adrian Salter (1-18 from eight), Stuart Drew (1-19 from eight), Judd Jackson (1-21 from four) and Ollie Fuller (1-51 from eight).

Matthew Button-Stephens led the successful run chase, carrying his bat to finish unbeaten on 74. Fellow opener Matt Broom retired hurt with cramp when on 54, while Jack Smith (19) was the only wicket to fall.

On Saturday (August 11), Upottery 2nds entertain table-topping Sidmouth III.

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