Uplyme and Lyme Regis 2nds climb into second spot after derby win at Whimple

PUBLISHED: 12:25 07 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:25 07 August 2014

Uplyme and Lyme Regis 2nd XI players left the field on a high after an all round winning performance in a rain affected game against hosts Whimple II who had begun the day sitting second in the D Division East table, writes Edward Clarke.

A very heavy shower led to a late start and the match being reduced to 30 overs a side. Uplyme lost the toss and were inserted but openers Dave Norman and Eddie Clarke were unfazed by the conditions and scored at four an over for the first ten before Norman was bowled for 23. Tim Daniels came in at number three and proceeded to increase the run rate, striking three fours and a six in his 31. With eight overs to go Uplyme were 102 for 2 and should have capitalized on the situation but Clarke was caught and deep square leg for 37 and Wesley Holmes was bowled playing an expansive shot against the accurate bowling of Bardot. It was left to Daley Holmes and to put an unbeaten partnership together which took the score to157, leaving Whimple to score at just over five an over. After 10 overs they also had 40 on the board but with the loss of two wickets one apiece to Wesley Holmes and Wallace Blackmore.

After 20 overs Whimple had reached 80 for three, but the dangerous Bardot had reached his half-century and was looking to accelerate into the last ten. Skipper Rod Holmes then turned to spin through Daley Holmes combined with the slow left arm of Rodney Rowe. This combination put the break on the Whimple reply and they reached 100 by the 24th over, but with the loss of another wicket. The breakthrough came with the introduction of Jolly Bugg who bowled Bardot for 61 with a slower ball that completed deceived him.

To their credit Whimple did not give up and 12-year-old Kidd struck Blackmore for 12 in his returning over. Kidd was unable to do the same to Wesley Holmes who conceded only three in the last over to ensure an Uplyme victory by 17 runs. The win propels them to second place in the table, undefeated in the second half of the season and prepared to takes on leaders Seaton in this Saturday’s home fixture.

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