Uplyme see off Alphington to stay firmly in promotion picture

PUBLISHED: 09:40 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:40 22 July 2015

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Uplyme made the trip to Alphington in what was a vital second-versus-third encounter in the Tolchards Devon League C Division East, writes Alfie Jaques.

Uplyme skipper Steve Batey won the toss and elected to bat first on what was fairly green wicket. Uplyme Openers Bellworthy (4) and Whittington (13) both had their usual short ball dismissals before Mark Batey joined O’Halloran in the middle as the pair put on 52 for the third wicket. O’Halloran then fell to the opposition overseas player A Green after having fought well for his 41, managing to ignore the rather vulgar abuse from the Alphington players.

Caddy fell cheaply for five with the score on 95-4, but then came captain Steve Batey to join forces with brother Mark.

The brothers managed a fine 83 for the fifth wicket until Mark was caught behind for 59.

Steve Batey had also played the situation excellently, but was bowled by Green for 37 to take the score to 181-6. Harvey Brimicombe made a valuable 16 as Uplyme ended on 212-7. A Green (9-2-31-4) was by far the pick of the Alphington bowlers.

Hayson (27) and Murrin (8) managed a stand of 31, which turned out to be the biggest partnership of an Alphington reply that never really got going. The usual tight lines from Barraclough (5-0-20-0) and Davies (6-0-25-1) restricted the batsmen early on before Ollie Leeproduced one of the spells of the season with figures of 7-4-3-3. He was well supported by Caddy (7-1-32-2) as home wickets fell at regular interals. O’Halloran took two quick wickets so that Alphington only had one remaining and then had M Porter (41) well held by catch-a-game Mark Batey in the deep as Uplyme took the honours. Alphington were 125 all out as Uplyme and Lyme Regis (20pts) beat Alphington (5pts) by 86 runs.

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