Uplyme edge out Kentisbeare in entertaining contest

PUBLISHED: 05:39 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 05:39 13 July 2015

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Uplyme secured a four wicket win at Kentisbeare to continue their push for a C Division East top two finish.

The home side won the toss, opted to bat and lost their first wicket to a terrific opening spell from Ryhs Davies Davies (1-20), with the openers separated thanks to a gully catch.

Paddy Barraclough was the other opening bowler and he too kept it tight, not allowing the home side to get on top.

A couple of Harvey Brimicombe catches saw further home wickets fall with Ollie Lee (1-52), the successful bowler.

When Kentisbeare number four Tatterton was trapped leg before by Richard O’Hallaran, the home side were 113-4 with 17 overs remaining. Teenagers Tom Bunker and Rory Thomas were next at the wicket for Kentisbeare and the pair took the fight to the Uplyme bowlers, adding a quick-fire 71 for the fifth wicket before Bunker was bowled by Adam Caddy (3-62), but not before he had recorded a maiden league half century. At the close of the innings the home side sat on a respectable 249-9.

Uplyme skipper Mark Batey bowled a good spell to finish with figures of 1-35 from nine overs.

Jedd Whittington launched the Uplyme reply in grand style and despatched the ball to all corners of the small Kentisbeare ground. When he departed, in the 12th over, it was with a swiftly constructed 61 to his name! Alex Richards (16) and Mark Batey (0) fell quickly, but Adam Caddy and O’Halloran launched a serious assault on the home bowling. Aussie O’Halloran struck an effortless 89 with Caddy contributing to the 140 partnership that got Uplyme to within touching distance of victory.

With O’Hallaran and Caddy dismissed in quick succession it was left to Alfie Bellworthy and Harvey Brimicombe to see their side home with four balls of the contest remaining. Farley, with 2-33 from nine overs, was the pick of the Kentisbeare bowlers.

On Saturday Uplyme travel to Alphington who sit one place and two points above them. Victory in Exeter will see Uplyme sitting in a top two berth on Saturday night.

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