Upottery pick up fourth win of season

PUBLISHED: 14:41 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 14:41 29 June 2010

Upottery batsman Peter Legge is pictured playing against Woodbury on Saturday.; Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 3538-26-10SH

Upottery batsman Peter Legge is pictured playing against Woodbury on Saturday.; Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 3538-26-10SH

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1st XI cricket - East Devon round up by Steve Birley

AXMINSTER suffered a third defeat of the season when beaten by 138 runs at Cloakham Lawns by Plymstock.

The visitors batted first and scored an imposing 304-5 with only Robbie Prior able to get anything out of the wicket, taking 3-97.

A number of home batsmen got themselves in, but no one could put together an innings of any significance as the reply floundered on 164. Paul Miller, Raul East and the extras column, all contributed 29, whilst Danny Larcombe (24) and Alex Rockett (23), also chipped in. Next week, Axminster travel to meet a Barnstaple side they thrashed by 168 runs at Cloakham Lawns on the opening day of the season.

Seaton skipper Mike Wheeler claimed a fivefer, but it was not enough to be able to guide his side to a win as they had to settle for a losing draw on their visit to Thorverton. Wheeler took 5-52 as the Thors closed on 210-7. John Waterhouse struck an excellent 83 but the run chase dried up and Seaton closed on 177-7. Next up is the first game of the second half of the C Division campaign with Seaton travelling to meet a Bridestowe side who got away from East Devon with a draw on the opening day when the home side could not knock over the last man.

D Division basement dwellers Ottery St Mary hosted an East Devon derby with the visit of Uplyme. Prior to the start of the game, the visitors led the hosts by a dozen points, but had won just once, with the hosts having two wins to their name.

The Otters increased their win tally to three with a three-wicket run in a thrilling contest that was not decided until the final over. What’s more, the 19 points they took from the game lifted them out of the bottom two berths for the first time this term!

Uplyme batted first and once again had the Caddy brothers to thank for their respectable offering of 210-8. Skipper Ashley struck 49 whilst Adam top scored with 59. James Faulkner, Mark Woodman and Rob Johns each took a brace of wickets, the best figures being the 2-19 from skipper Johns. It was Sam Tennant who set up the victory with a superb 63, that included eight fours and one six. Matt Kirk helped the run rate stay on course with a four boundary 24 and the win was completed thanks to the combined efforts of Mark Woodman (22no) and Nick Doman (21no), who saw their side to an eight wicket win.

Steve Batey took 3-68 and there was a fine spell of 13 overs, 2-35 from Ali Rattenbury. This Saturday, Ottery travel to a Halberton side they will meet for the first time this term after their opening day encounter saw not a ball bowled owing to rain in East Devon. Uplyme entertain Tiverton.

Feniton began the day sitting just above the D Division drop zone, but they eased their woes with a convincing 124 run win over Tiverton at Sampford Peverell.

Feniton batted first and had runs down the order on their way to a dominant 315-4. Brian Cann got things up and running with a half century, Adi Pullin chipped in with 75 and there were other contributions from Pete Selley (50no) and Alex Frankpitt (55no).

The hosts were in danger of an embarrassing defeat until their number nine bat struck an unbeaten 60, but the final wicket fell at 191 to see Feniton to a maximum points win.

Feniton skipper Mark Kingdon, Selley and Jon Pyle, each took a couple of wickets. Next up for Kingdon’s men is Saturday’s trip to high-flying Ashburton. When the pair met on the opening day of the season at Acland Park, bad light stopped play with Feniton 104-6 facing the visitors 209-9.

Whimple began the day in second place in the E Division and that’s where they stay at the half way stage, but they did suffer a second defeat of the season, beaten by a dozen runs at Babbacombe.

The hosts batted first and were bundled out for 146 with Will Cleal claiming 4-16 and Chris Palfrey taking 3-15. However, that seemingly small total proved a match-winning one, as only Trevor Griffin, with 44, managed to put a score into the book. His fellow top order batsmen, for the first time this term, failed and wickets tumbled after Griffin departed, the final one going down at 134.

Whimple skipper Jono Burden said: “It was simply one of those days. Our top four have consistently produced runs so far this season but today, it was only Trevor (Griffin) who delivered. We bowled well to knock them over for 146 and, if someone had offered me second place at the half way stage when the season started, I’d have taken that, so we will take this as a mere blip and look to quickly get back to winning ways next time out.” This weekend Whimple play host to a Kilmington side they had a cracking game with on the opening day of the season when Kilmington, chasing 200, closed on 197-8.

Kilmington are enjoying their best campaign for at least three years and they have reached the half way stage of the E Division season much involved in the promotion race.

They had to settle for a second successive game without victory, though, after visiting Roborough returned to South Devon with a winning draw.

Roborough batted first and scored a commanding 269-8. Maurice Bevis bagged a brace, but the most successful home bowler was Dave Field with 3-78. Home skipper Tom Gooding led the run chase with 66 and, when he and Adam Culley were together, the run chase was most certainly on. Culley fell foul of a harsh lbw decision when a couple shy of a richly-deserved half century, and the home side settled for the draw, closing on 208-8. Kilmington’s next action is this Saturday and that trip to Whimple.

Upottery picked up a fourth E Division win of the season with a 106 run win at bottom-of-the-table Woodbury. Runs from Dan Broom (50), Matthew Button-Stephens (45) and Dave Woolacott (45) took Upottery to a close of 261-6. Gary Kennard claimed 4-27 as the hosts were bowled out for 155.

This weekend, Willow Drew and his men entertain a Babbacombe side that they met on the opening day of the season when the rain intervened with Upottery troubled on 87-8!

Honiton march on at the top of the E Division after another powerful show as they beat Chelston by 176 runs at Mountbatten Park.

Phil Tansley, so often taking wickets for the side, turned run provider and struck a superb 98. Tim Hemery (66), Adam Holmes (65) and Kev Kelly (55no), were the other principle run scorers in an imposing total of 336-6.

The visitors were bowled out for 160 with Holmes the star of the show, adding a six wicket haul to his pre-tea half century. Holmes finished with 6-13. Honiton begin the second half of their programme with Saturday’s trip to Exeter Civil Service. When the pair met at Mountbatten Park on the opening day of the season, rain stopped play after less than an hour of action.

Yarcombe managed to get the Kenn Sri Lankan out cheaply! Madura Weerasinjhe had struck three successive centuries before coming up against the Yarcombe attack and he could only manage 88 in a total of 285-6. John Rich then tried to keep the Yarcombe reply going. Rich was responsible for very nearly half his sides offering. He was finally out for 80 and the final Yarcombe wicket fell on 185. Skipper Nigel Parris chipped in with 30, whilst the pick of the visitors’ bowling was that man Weerasinjhe who took 5-39.

This weekend Yarcombe travel to Culmstock.

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