It’s a family affair as Upottery win first league game of the season

PUBLISHED: 12:49 14 June 2012

It was very much a family affair as Upottery celebrated a first victory of the season thanks to a 94 run victory at Topsham St James.

It was the Kennard’s who served up the match-winning combination as dad Gary claimed a fivefer to help bowl the home side out for 103.

This after son Jason had top scored with a splendid unbeaten 78 to lead the villagers to 197-6.

Matthew Button-Stephens provided the best of the rest with a knock of 39 as Upottery closed just three runs shy of maximum batting points. Kennard senior then claimed 5-29 and Stuart Drew took 2-23 as the Tops were bowled out for 103.

It was bitter sweet for the Upottery cricketers back at their Sidmouth Arms headquarters on Saturday night for the 2nd XI could not emulate their senior side’s endeavours as they lost a close affair at home to Feniton II beaten by three runs.

The defeat was certainly harsh on Adam Crabb who emerged from the game with seven wickets and his side’s top scorer! Crabb claimed 7-58, and with a brace of catches he had a hand in the first nine Feniton wickets to fall, the final one going down on 119.

Crabb then hit 24 and Graham Pidgeon struck 22 but the last Upottery wicket fell on 116.

On Saturday Upottery 1st XI host Shaldon whilst the 2nds travel to top of the table Exeter III.

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