Batey guides Uplyme to Shaldon success

PUBLISHED: 05:50 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 05:50 12 August 2015

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Uplyme continued their pursuit of the C Division East title and, at worst, a top two finish and with it a play-off place, as they defeated hosts Shaldon by three wickets, writes Alfie Jaques.

Uplyme were asked to field first by Shaldon skipper Mark Couch on what looked a superb batting surface.

Uplyme openers Rhys Davies and Paddy Barraclough produced a superb combination of line and length to such effect that the top five Shaldon batsmen were all sent back to the pavilion having seen their stumps knocked over!

Davies nailed the two opening batsman – both feature at the top of the divisional run charts – and Barraclough accounted for the third, fourth and fifth bats, the latter dismissed thanks to a catch from Brimicombe junior.

Ollie Lee came on to take four wickets for just 17 runs and Richard O’Halloran also picked up a wicket as Shaldon were rolled over for 96 with 19 overs of the home team 45 remaining!

The run chase got off to a bad start with Ollie Lee returned to the pavilion in the very first over and he was joined back in the dressing room by Australian O’Hallaran, leaving Uplyme nought for two!

Things got significantly worse as Bellworthy smashed a full toss to cover to go for four and neither James Dunford or Dave Matthews troubled the scorers to leave the reply in heaps of bother!

However, a 63-run partnership for the sixth wicket by the Batey brothers – ended when Mark Batey was bowled – steadied the ship.

Harvey Brimicombe provided support for Steve Batey before the former was out, but that left Brimicombe senior to join Batey to help guide Uplyme home to a 17-point haul.

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