Uplyme skipper Batey leads by example as Uplyme see off Filleigh

PUBLISHED: 16:12 23 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:12 23 June 2015


Uplyme skipper Steve Batey led from the front with an unbeaten knock and four wickets as his team put Filleigh to the sword to continue their push for a Tolchards Devon League C Division East promotion spot.

Batting first, Uplyme eased their way to 51 before openers Jed Whittington and Alfie Bellworthy were parted. Whittington went first for 44, followed soon after by Bellworthy for five. Aussie Richard O’Hallaran did not trouble the scorers too much as he was returned to the pavilion with two to his name and, despite a solid 22 from Mark Batey and a knock of 12 from Alex Richards, the Uplyme offering was in trouble at 113-6.

However, Adam Caddy was still there and he was joined by skipper Mark Batey and the pair proceeded to fight back to such a degree that they added 92 in quick time before Caddy was run out on the final delivery for an excellent 51. Batey was unbeaten on 45 at the close with his team sporting a respectable total of 205-6.

Filleigh’s reply began steadily and they also reached 50 before their openers were parted. Paddy Barraclough and Rhys Davies bowled good lines, but could not make the break through. That honour went to the first and second change bowlers who had a match-changing impact! First change Ollie Lee bowled superbly to finish with figures of five wickets for 28 runs from seven overs whilst second change, the skipper himself, ended with four wickets for 27 runs from eight overs. Richard O’Hallaran got the other wicket as Filleigh were bundled out for 106 with all ten wickets falling for just 48 runs!

The win sees Uplyme sitting second, 27 points adrift of table-topping Ottery who suffered a first defeat of the season. Halfway of the league season arrives this weekend and Uplyme travel to Feniton, the side who ended the Ottery run.

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