Seaton set to give youngsters experience after Uplyme defeat ends season

PUBLISHED: 11:17 04 August 2015

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Seaton's C Division East season came to a premature end when they were well beaten by promotion-chasing Uplyme and Lyme Regis.

There are still four matches of the campaign to be played, but the Seaton league season is all but done as they now cannot be promoted and are well clear of any threat of relegation.

After losing the toss Seaton skipper Ben Morgan saw his side struggle against some terrific Uplyme bowling with four wicket down and just 34 runs on the board.

Morgan and Joel Seward launched something of a mini-revival before both departed in quick succession after which the resistance folded with the final Seaton wicket falling on 97.

Seward top scored with 23 and Morgan chipped in with 15.

The Uplyme run chase was launched by Jed Whittington who showed the home bowlers little mercy as he powered the ball to all parts of the ground on his way to a quick-fire 39 as Uplyme quickly sealed an eight wicket win. Such was the early Whittington dominance that, when he was out in the ninth over for 39, that was also the team score!

Morgan said: “Had I not lost the toss we may well have seen a very different game. As it was they (Uplyme) bowled superbly and we had no answer. I can’t fault the lads, but sometimes you just have to hold your hand up and accept that, on the day, the better team won, and that’s exactly what happened to us on Saturday.”

He continued: “We were not helped by a surface that saw one or two deliveries do very different things! It was a two-paced track which saw the odd ball pop up. That said, their bowlers were so consistent with line and length.”

With his team sitting fourth on 174 points they find themselves 57 points shy of second placed Uplyme and also 51 points above second bottom Kentisbeare. With 80 points to play for Seaton are neither going up, nor going down. Morgan says: “It’s time now to give some of the emerging youngsters some 1st XI experience. We are fortunate to have a number coming through the ranks and, given our mid-table spot, now is an ideal time to see what they are made of in terms of the senior side. For the next four games the focus is going to be very much on next season.”

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