Upottery net fourth straight win with success at Uplyme

PUBLISHED: 14:45 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 06 June 2018

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Upottery march on in D Division East following their fourth straight win, this one, a four wicket in an East Devon derby at Uplyme and Lyme Regis.

Upottery skipper Mark Joyce won the toss and invited the home side to bat first and then watched as his bowlers did their work well, bowling out the hosts for 131 in 42.2 overs.

Mark Batey (26), Bruce Maltby (24) and opener Jed Whittington were the only home batsmen to get scores of 20 plus – though there were 23 extras. Lee Nessling claimed three of the first four wickets as he sent down a full complement of nine overs, returning impressive figures of 3-14. He opened the bowling with son Kalann (1-33 from 8.2 overs), who got his wicket when he returned for a second spell.

The other six Uplyme and Lyme Regis wickets were shared by Paul Wakefield (3-24 from nine overs) and James Mitcham (3-22 from nine).

Jack Larcombe and Matt Broom led the run chase, but were parted with the score on 19 when Broom was trapped leg before by Malick Kudmany for just one, scored from 24 deliveries.

James Mitcham was next man in – and out – he failed to trouble the scorers, and, when Larcombe fell for 23 and Rob Tasker, for 18, the chase was wobbling on 58-4.

However, Michael Arscott joined Ryan Pulman and they took the chase to 73-5 when Pulman was dismissed for 12 – like Tasker, caught by Charlie Moss off Sam Wooster.

Arscott was joined by skipper Mark Joyce, but the latter was caught and bowled by Laurie Thomas for a nine ball four boundary 18, with the score 106-6, but there were no more scares as Kalann Nessling (7) stayed with Arscott (20) to the close and Upottery sealed success with 10.3 overs remaining.

Upottery skipper Mark Joyce said: “When I won the toss putting them in was an easy decision as it looked a bit damp. That said our bowlers did their work well. Lee (Nessling) bowled a good line and length and gave us a great start.

“Getting them out for 131 was certainly a job well done by the bowlers. As for the batting, we did lose six wickets along the way in a chase that ought to have been a more comfortable one. I was personally never doubting the outcome, but there were one or two twitchy folk in our ranks!”

On Saturday Upottery host Chardstock when they will once again put their Fortress Glebe Park, the villagers are unbeaten since the move there, record on the line. Joyce says: “They [Chardstock] are going well and, when they have their full side I see them as a handful. We will need to be fully focused, but then I am sure we will be.”

One player unlikely to be involved is Kalann Nessling who has asked for a transfer to Bradninch. Joyce says: “Kalann wants to be gone and, although I have yet to see the transfer request from another club, he can go. We wish him well.”

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