Button-Stephens hits 79 as Upottery II power into title race.

Upottery stay top of the E Division after their Match of the Day meeting with second placed Honiton fell to the weather.

Next up for David Woolacott’s side is a visit on Saturday to Kenn.

With the senior side inactive the focus swung to the second eleven and their visit to Exeter Civil Service II.

After the previous weeks wonderful win over table topping Exeter III, Dan Prettejohn led his team into the City knowing a similar result would elevate them into a title challenging position.

The team delivered in full, sealing a 171 run victory. Matthew Button-Stephens led the batting with a top score of 79 and there were useful contributions also from Leo Jefferson (43) and Bruce Inglis (33) in what became a formidable total of 235.

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That proved more than enough as Inglis then claimed 3-12 and 15-year old Shane Kennard took 2-13 in six splendid overs before his age determined the end of his spell with the ball.

Skipper Prettejohn weighed in with a brace and the Civil Servants were bundled out for 64.

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Next up for Upottery II is a home game with a Kenn side who will pitch up at the village sitting second bottom in the table.

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