Upottery looking upwards after Halberton and Sampford Peverell success

PUBLISHED: 09:52 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:52 01 July 2015

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Upottery made short work of seeing off Halberton and Sampford Peverell.

The Mid Devon side were bowled out for just 129 with James Mitcham taking five wickets for just 21 runs and Ryan Pullman chipped in with three wickets for 27 runs. Dave Woolacott, making his first appearance of the season, then led the successful run chase, one completed for the loss of five wickets.

Upottery skipper Mark Joyce said: “I was not surprised that they opted to bat first as I was looking for us to get a bat first too. We did bowl well and the support fielding was just what I have been looking for. That’s halfway now and we are not far off the leading pack. We have the bottom two to come after the Whimple game and, if we can get the haul of points I’d like to think we can bank, we’ll be staking a claim to push our way into the promotion spots.”

If it was a good day for the Upottery 1st XI then it was a case of it being an excellent say for the 2nd XI as they beat North Devon III by a whopping 158 runs!

Jason Kennard (72), Matthew Broom (70) and Dom Kennard (59) all chalked up half centuries as the side racked up an imposing 318-9. Dan Stevens, playing his first game since returning from University for the summer, took 3-54 and Dom Kennard completed a fine all-round shift with figures of 3-33.The 2nd XI have opened up a 21 point gap between them, in second place, and Exmouth III in third.

This Saturday sees the start of the second half of the league campaign and the 1st XI travel to unbeaten leaders Whimple whilst the 2nd XI entertain Whimple 2nds.

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