Brilliant win for Upottery over league leaders
- Credit: Upottery Cricket Club
The cricketers of Upottery CC have been basking in the well-earned glow of a stunning upset victory last weekend.
Clyst St George were the visitors and, with just one defeat against their name all season, big favourites to consolidate the lead at the top of C Division East.
Upottery, by contrast, have struggled to find consistency this term and the sensational victory seemed a long way off when the Clyst openers settled down for a powerful start.
Clyst were quietly setting about building a big total, with Daniel Kendall looking particularly comfortable at one end. It was a partnership that needed breaking and Ben Kidson delivered, bowling Christopher Ferro for 18 and the scores at 59-1.
Momentum is everything in sport and the removal of Freddie Creer for a duck, caught by Mark Joyce from the bowling of Andrew Pulman, had Clyst wobbling.
Andrew Pulman also captured the wicket of Andrew Donovan (15) and was again the man to skittle over Inder Singh for just five runs.
Kendall, however, was still at the crease and providing a linchpin for the Clyst innings. When he was removed on 45, caught Matt Broom bowled Paul Wakefield, Upottery were buzzing in the field.
Wakefield got another wicket and Jack Larcombe mopped up the table to leave the target at a very reachable 159.
Pulman finished with figures of 3-21 and Larcombe 3-17 from less than four overs.
In that context, Larcombe must have assumed his duties as opening batsman with confidence high and Upottery desperately needed a strong start to keep their thumb down on Clyst shoulders.
Unfortunately, Larcombe (1) and Ryan Pulman (4) were both bowled by the lively George O’Dwyer and the home side were struggling on 10-2
Matt Broom and James Mitcham were handed the calming responsibilities, and they did it in superb fashion, taking the scores to 72 before Broom was bowled by Singh.
Mitcham, thankfully, was going nowhere and joined by Rob Tasker, the pair comfortably reached their target. Upottery won by seven wickets with Mitcham 55 no and Tasker 44 no.