Uplyme bat their way to victory

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

Jonathan Pyle

Jonathan Pyle

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The longest day of the year left many a cricket team with long faces as rain left them either denied any form of action at all, or with an afternoon of stop/start action.

The longest day of the year left many a cricket team with long faces as rain left them either denied any form of action at all, or with an afternoon of stop/start action. Where play was possible the toss of the coin determined the outcome of many a contest.Uplyme & Lyme Regis produced the performance of the day as they plundered a win at high flying Hatherleigh and achieved their four wicket success in the first of two overs the home side had given them after declaring their innings on 244-9. The hosts clearly felt that they had the runs they required to force a win and thought that they'd be able to use the two 'extra overs' to knock over the opposition but Ben Whittington (59), Phil Norris (52) and skipper Ashley Caddy (42) had other ideas and batted their side to a win that was completed by Mark Brimmacombe (19no) and Steve Batey (17no). The win propels Uplyme to within 19 points of table-topping Bridestowe. In the first innings, Adam Caddy (4-22), Steve Batey (3-62) and Phil Norris (1-41) had combined to take the wickets as the North Devon outfit reached their declaration total. This coming weekend Uplyme host an improving Dawlish side and another win for Ashley Caddy's outfit and they will be able to harbour serious promotion thoughts going into the second half of the campaign.Spare a thought for Honiton in this soggy season of cricket. Their game at Woodbury on Saturday summed up the campaign to date for they were once again hit by the weather. With this coming Saturday the half way mark of the season, Honiton have had more matches hit by the weather than anybody else, five of their eight games having been affected to date. Phil Tansley (31) and Kev Kelly (23) had been the only Honiton batsmen to make runs in very difficult batting conditions at Woodbury. Tansley had then whipped out three of the four home batsmen to be returned to the pavilion when the rains arrived with the reply on 71-4 and the game seemingly finely balanced.On Saturday Honiton host the only side in the section still to win, Cullompton.The toss was decisive at Axminster where the home side were up against it the moment the visiting Shobrooke Park skipper won the pre-match flip of the coin. He invited the hosts to bat and, in difficult conditions, only Robbie Prior managed to stick around for long out in the middle, hitting a top score of 30. Team-mates came and went in a regular procession and the Cloakham Lawn faithful saw their side shot out for 96. Batting second paid dividends for the Mid Devon side, who claimed a comfortable eight-wicket win. Axminster skipper Danny Larcombe said: "It has to go down as one almighty rotten day at the office. The toss was decisive, but we just had a bad day all round."With the top two in the section, Abbotskerswell and Heathcoat, both winning, Larcombe's side are in danger of slipping off the pace and Saturday's trip to a Clyst St George side who sit two places and 16 points better off in third spot, takes on even greater significance. Larcombe said: "The game with Clyst St George takes on massive importance. We simply have to get a positive result - if we don't we may find ourselves slipping too far off the pace to make up the difference in the second half of the campaign."Seaton skipper Mike Wheeler had more reason than most to rue the intervention of the weather as his side looked well on course for a maximum points haul at home to Stoke Gabriel. Stoke had lost their top four batsmen with just 73 runs on the board, looking to chase down the homes side's 223-9, when the heavens opened. Mike Cottam once again showed just what the local cricket scene has been missing recently with another imperious display of batting. In the most testing of conditions Cottam made batting look easy as he stroked his way to 77. Greg Foxwell (44) and Ben Morgan (24no) also chipped in and the hosts were able to close with all five batting points in the bank and a score of 223-9. After tea Ben Copp had taken three of the four visiting wickets to fall when the rains arrived. Wheeler said: "The partnership of Cottam and Foxwell was critical to the batting performance. We were in a spot of bother and sent Cottam in a little higher at five as we wanted to keep the mix of a right and a left hander and it paid dividends. He is in great nick whilst Foxwell is also a batsman in fine form. I am certainly disappointed that the game couldn't last its course as I felt confident we were more than on our way but once the heavens opened that was that."On Saturday Seaton travel to Kilmington for an East Devon derby, a match that marks the half way stage of the C Division season. Wheeler says: "We have a side on paper that is as good, if not better, than any in this section. What we need to do is show a level of consistency that does justice to the ability I know we have in the locker. Kilmington on Saturday will be tough but we are in a position to move into the second half of the campaign applying real pressure on the top two and I do not expect us to be far away prior to the run in to the season's end."Feniton have clearly got over their customary 'poor start' and are beginning to move up the gears. Indeed their latest success, a seven-wicket Acland Park win over Tiverton and Bickleigh, has catapulted Mark Kingdom's side to within site of leaders Clyst Hydon. Although five places ahead of Tivvy in the table, Hydon have just 16 more points going into this weekend's fixtures. Russell Whitton (3-42), Jonathan French (2-17) and the skipper himself (2-27) combined to restrict the visitors to 187-9 and then an unbeaten 75 from Adrian Pullin, coupled with a half century from Kingdom and a tidy 38 from Dave Haysom, saw Feniton to a seven wicket win, one they had wrapped up inside just 28 overs as the dark clouds hovered overhead Station Road. Skipper Mark Kingdom said: We sent Pullin in at number three as we could sense the weather beginning to close in and he went to town on their bowling. At times it was savage stuff and got us the result we needed. As for what's to come, yes, we seem to have addressed the early season form and now are motoring but we must guard against complacency. The games take on extra significance as the season moves on and our aim has always been to be there or thereabouts with three games to go and so far we are on course."Kilmington skipper Ian Gooding was another leader to spend Saturday evening wondering what might have been. His side picked up all the batting points on offer with a score of 235-7, which hosts Kingsbridge had begun to answer with 26-0 when the rains arrived with a vengeance. Tom Gooding (68), Giles Dixon (44), Steve Thomas (29no) and another fine half century from the skipper himself were the key efforts for the villagers and Gooding was delighted with another solid batting display saying: "We made a poor start but got our act together and posted a decent total."Whimple's game at Thorverton was one of only two D Division matches to be played to a finish and it was the home side who took the victory although their skipper James Meredith was quick to concede that the toss of the coin ultimately determined which side won. Meredith said: "The toss was the match winning factor today. It went my way and I have no doubt that if it had gone theirs we'd have suffered like they did in some very difficult batting conditions." Kevin Thompson (54) and Mike Searle were the only Whimple batsmen to reach double figures, and that underlines just how good the Thompson spell at the wicket was, as the hosts' overseas player bagged a six-wicket haul and he then hit an unbeaten 60 to lead his team to an eight-wicket win. Will Cleal and John Burden bagged the two wickets to fall for Whimple who host Ipplepen on Saturday.Ottery St Mary bowler Jodi Clements produced a hat-trick at Dawlish, claiming his treble in the final over of the home side's innings. Sadly Clements' efforts were in vain after his side made a solid start on 61 without loss. The heavens then opened to wash out any chance of completing the contest. The hosts batted first and closed on 190-9, Clements (5-24) and Brian Burns (3-38) doing the damage with the ball. After tea Burns (19no) and Miller (23no) had taken the score to 61 without loss when the rains arrived: "We batted well and, when the rain arrived, although I am sure they will have felt they were in with a great chance, I thought we were also in a position from which we might have been able to force a win," said Dawlish skipper Horne.l The area's sides who grace the G Division did not manage to get a single ball bowled with Yarcombe's game against Chardstock and the Upottery trip to Topsham St James, both falling foul of the weather.

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