Uplyme suffer after being put in on damp wicket following pre-match down pour

PUBLISHED: 12:25 07 August 2014

Uplyme and Lyme Regis went down by three wickets when they entertained Filleigh in their latest Francis Clark, Devon League, D Division game, writes Edward Clarke.

Inserted on a damp wicket Uplyme openers Rob Thom and Laurie Thomas set about their jobs in a business like fashion. After carefully playing themselves in Thom set about the Filleigh attack with a series of boundaries whilst Thomas was content to play the support role. Their undoing was the introduction of Zimbabwean seamer Mark Mbofona who took pace off the ball and had Thom well caught by Mike Prideaux five short of his first half century of the season. Thomas continued to bat well for 38 until he tried to force the pace and returned a catch to the bowler. Having realised that it was difficult for batsmen to get the slower bowler away Filleigh turned to the slow spin of veteran Mike Prideaux who bowled with good control of line and length and finished with figures of 4 for 25 from seven overs. Uplyme seemed not to have the learnt the lesson from last weeks defeat at Feniton as no one in the middle order was able to get their heads down, show the application needed to bat through and hold the innings together. Mark Batey (13) and Tyler Wellman (11) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures in a final score of 151 completed with two overs still to bowl.

After tea Uplyme came out fighting and had the start they needed when Nick Dinnison dismissed Harrison-Hooten, well caught by Wellman. Further strikes came from Warner, Steve Batey and Rhys Davies to leave Filleigh tottering on 42 for four.

However, they were rescued with a middle order partnership between Mbfona (55) and Hickman (39).

After such a good start the Uplyme attack faltered and although Batey, Davies and Dinnison took a further three wickets some of the bowling was wayward and 31 runs in the form of wides contributed to a three wicket win for Filleigh.


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