The power of Prettejohn suits Upottery II

PUBLISHED: 11:04 15 June 2011

Upottery are the new leaders of the E Division after previous leaders Kentisbeare lost whilst David Woolacott’s side were landing a three wicket win at Culmstock against Tiverton and Bickleigh.

The Mid Devon side batted first and were bowled out for 141. Stuart Drew, celebrating his birthday, finished with 5-32.

Wickets fell in the run chase and, at 124-5 Lee Nicholl went to the wicket with his skipper advising that all that was required was a run per over in the closing stages.

Nicholl promptly spanked successive fours followed by two huge sixes and Upottery were pronounced winners at 144-7!

Upottery’s Mike Kellow said: “It was a very solid all-round effort. The impact young Lee had was amazing – some might say outrageous! He paid no heed to the skippers’ rather conservative one run an over and got it all done rather quickly – it did give us added time in our HQ back at the Sidmouth Arms mind you!”

On Saturday the table topping villagers have home advantage for the visit of second in the table Honiton.

Upottery II skipper Dan Prettejohn led by example for his side as they upset Exeter III, beating the previously unbeaten table toppers by 84 runs.

Batting first, Upottery were in all sorts of bother at 25-5 before Fred Drew (40no) and skipper Prettejohn (36) salvaged some pride to lead the side to a competitive 165-8. Prettejohn then turned his all-round abilities to bowling and claimed 5-34 in eleven overs as Exeter were bundled out for just 81. Prettejohn said post-match: “Clearly I am a leader of lions – the boys battled back well from a perilous spot in the match, we certainly were empathic winners come stumps!”

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