Upottery bag vital win and climb out of bottom two

PUBLISHED: 11:09 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:10 14 August 2013

Upottery’s bid to effect a great escape from the lower regions of the E Division were given a real boost as they beat hosts Whitchurch by six wickets to climb out of the bottom two.

Skipper Matt Frost won the toss and chose to field. His decision proved a good one as his bowlers did very well to restrict the hosts to 207-7.

Frost, Gary Kennard and Mark Joyce each bagged a brace of wickets whilst Shane Kennard sent down nine splendid overs without having any luck whatsoever.

Opener Matt Button-Stephens top scored with 56 and there would have been a second half century in the successful run chase, but for an unfortunate dismissal! Number three bat Ryan Pullman was 49 not out when, at the non-strikers end he was run out after Button-Stephens drove the ball forward and the ball hit the bowler in his follow-through and onto the stumps with the unfortunate Pullman out of his ground!

The win was confirmed thanks to the pairing of Ollie Rice (31no) and Mark Joyce (27no).

Skipper Frost said: “It was a big win and gives us a great chance of beating the drop. We bowled very well and then chased the total down convincingly. Whitchurch don’t have the biggest of grounds so I was delighted to be chasing what we were, though I felt we let them get 20 or 30 more than they ought to have posted. However, it all ended well for us.”

The manner in which the villagers won the game suggests they can now go on and complete their escape bud.

They have three to play starting with Saturday’s home game against in-form Topsham St James after which they host Bridestowe and then end their campaign at Kentisbeare.

Rivals Bridestowe’s final three see them host Kentisbeare on Saturday before they travel to Upottery and the host promotion chasing Whimple on the final day.

Frost says: “Topsham will be tough, but we did win at their place earlier in the season. They are in-form, but we also know the game after with Bridestowe is the massive one. I think it’s a case of get what we can from the Tops’ and the get stuck into Bridestowe.”


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