Chardstock sail to success over Uplyme and Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 08:46 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:24 21 June 2018

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Chardstock secured a fifth win in seven D Division East outings with a five-wicket win at home over Uplyme and Lyme Regis.

Skipper Rob Hutchings won the toss and invited his opposite number to bat first and Alex Watson struck early, hitting the stumps of Rob Thom when the opener had scored just a single. Watson struck again, trapping Tyler Wellman for six before Laurie Thomas (29) and Bruce Maltby (27) and Steve Batey (31), provided some runs for the visiting cause. However, all three were sent back with Gary Larcombe, Nick Taylor and Ed Brown, the successful home bowlers with all three wickets falling to catches, two held by Tom Warren and one by Gary Larcombe.

The Uplyme and Lyme Regis tail did not wag too well as the last six batsmen managed just 19 runs between them with Gary Larcombe claiming three more wickets while skipper Hutchings picked up one and Alex Watson returned to finish things off with his third wicket as the visitors were bowled out for 142 in 41.4 overs.

The home bowling honours went to Larcombe with his return being 4-24 from nine overs while Alex Watson’s return was 3-23 from 6.4 overs.

The Chardstock reply was launched by Steve Allsopp and Gary Larcombe and it was Larcombe who fell first, caught by Ben Jones off the bowling of Tyler Wellman for a 17-ball knock of 19. Rob Hutchings also hit 19, his from 19 deliveries and, when he was out, the reply was 70-2. Just 13 runs later opener Allsopp was the third wicket to fall, caught by Rob Thom off Wellman for a 33-ball knock of 32.

Ed Brown was caught by Charlie Moss off the bowling of Sam Wooster for 31, but there was just one more wicket lost with Tom Warren being bowled by Steve Batey having scored 12. Thereafter, Alex Watson (16no) and Nathan Copp (8no), saw their side to a comprehensive win with the victory wrapped up inside 24 overs.

Tyler Wellman was the pick of the visiting bowlers with a return of 3-44.

Chardstock skipper Rob Hutchings said: “I was very pleased with the all-round show and, in particular, the bowling. Alex [Watson] bowled very well and the fielding was excellent. When we batted we were perhaps a little complacent, but I have to be happy with the end result.”

As for the season to date, Hutchings says: “As we go deeper into the season I know our availability is going to get better and that means that we will become a real challenge for all the teams in this division, so being as handily placed as we are, knowing what is to come, is very pleasing.”

On Saturday (June 23), Chardstock host North Devon and Uplyme and Lyme Regis entertain Barnstaple and Pilton.

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