Mixed fortunes for Upottery XIs on opening day of new Tolchards League campaign
PUBLISHED: 13:11 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:11 06 May 2018
Upottery made a losing start to their Tolchards Devon League D Division East campaign, going down by seven wickets to North Devon 2nd XI.
This season is the first with the league adopting an all-though format with 1st XI teams facing 2nd XI side and, in Upottery’s case they were tasked with an opening day game against the 2nd XI of a Premier Division club.
Playing at Instow home of the hosts, Upottery were put in and lost Simon Durrant (3) and Ian Tasker (0) with just nine on the board. Matt Broom and James Mitcham took the score to 51 when Broom fell for 21. Mitcham was joined by Mark Tasker, but Mitcham was bowled for 22 – his stay of 56 deliveries being then longest of any Upottery batsman at Instow – with the score on 76 and just a single run was added as Upottery slipped from 76-3 to 77-8 with Ryan Pulman, Kalan Nessling and Andrew Pulman all dismissed without troubling the scorers! It was left to skipper Mark Joyce and former Cullompton all-rounder Lee Nessling to get the side into three figures, taking the total to 101 before the skipper became the ninth man down, having scored 12.
Last man Paul Wakefield was at the wicket for 28 deliveries and was not out eight when Nessling became the final wicket to fall, clean bowled for 23 off the 46th delivery he faced as Upottery’s innings ended on 130.
Nessling and fellow opening bowler Ryan Pulman both claimed an early wicket to leave the home side 10-2. However, that was as good as it got for Upottery as the home side added 103 for the third wicket which fell to Andrew Pulman with a successful leg before appeal. That was the end of the wicket taking for Upottery as North Debon 2nds got home with seven wickets and eight overs to spare.
Upottery II were 100 run winners in their opening F Division East fixture as they saw off Braunton II.
Batting first, Andy Pulman top scored with 87 and Matthew Button-Stephens weighed in with 48 and there was a knock of 37 from PJ Kaal as Upottery closed on 231-6.
The Braunton reply laboured in the face of some fine bowling with Ollie Fuller taking the honours with three wickets for 19 runs while there was a wicket each for Nigel Wyatt (1-5) and Matt Frost (1-6).
Matchday two (May 12) sees Upottery 1st XI entertain Barnstaple and Pilton while the 2nd XI travel across to Mid Devon to take on Clyst Hydon 2nds.