Broom knocks last man over and Upootery seal tie!

There was a dramtic end to the game at Babbacokmbe when the home sides last man knocked over his own wicket to leave Upottery taking a tie from their trip to South Devon.

Upottery managed to bank eleven E Division points when they tied with hosts Babbacombe.

Batting first the villagers were bundled out for 106 in 36.2 overs with Gary Kennard responsible for the bulk of the runs with 43.

Home skipper Paul Bates took six wickets for just 15 runs in eight splendid overs.

The reply saw wickets fall at regular intervals but then the tail wagged.

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The ninth wicket fell with Upottery on the brink of being edged out but then Dan Broom bowled a wide that levelled the score before, with his next delivery, the ball struck the unfortunate Babbacombe last man on the head, and, as he swung round, he knocked his wicket over to see the match tied! Kennard completed a wonderful afternoon’s work with 5-15 and Broom finished with 3-38.

Upottery are at home this coming Saturday when they receive a visit from Woodbury.

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Upottery II produced a stunning run-chase to win by three wickets at home to Cullompton.

The Mid Devon side were bowled out for 206 with Nigel Wyatt (4-55), Simon Bath (2-46) and skipper Dan Prettejohn (2-25) taking the wickets.

Mark Joyce then struck the top score of 59 but it was an un beaten half century from Dave Sawyer (54no) that saw the villagers over the line.

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