Upottery skipper Joyce leads by example in Countess Wear success

PUBLISHED: 10:47 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:48 23 July 2018

Shane Kennard bowling for Upottery against Exmouth 2nds. Ref mhsp 26 18TI 6271. Picture: Terry Ife

Shane Kennard bowling for Upottery against Exmouth 2nds. Ref mhsp 26 18TI 6271. Picture: Terry Ife

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Upottery were 37-run winners when they entertained Countess Wear at Glebe Park in a D Division East encounter.

Skipper Mark Joyce led from the front, top scoring with 61 from the number eight slot – putting on 84 for the 8th wicket with Andrew Pulman (20) enabling Upottery to recover from a troubled 116-7 to an all out total of 208.

Andy Pulman then claimed four wickets, finishing with figures of 4-27 to complete a fine all-round individual performance and there were three wickets for James Mitcham (3-40) as Countess Wear were bowled out for 171.

Upottery skipper Mark Joyce was delighted with the victory. He said: “At 116-7 we were in a spot of bother, but we like to think we bat down the order and Andrew [Pulman] and I managed to dig us out of the hole we were in and push us up to the 200 figure I felt would win us the game.”

The Upottery skipper continued: “To be fair, in the second half of the game all the bowlers did their job well and what was very pleasing was the ground and support fielding. That was of the highest quality and certainly helped us to seal the victory.”

Upottery sit fifth in the table, but with the top two looking ‘out of sight’ it means there’s just the one other promotion spot. Joyce is certainly targeting that. He says: “We have six to play and need to be looking at winning them all and that ought to be sufficient to see us finish third. We would like to go up. The 2nds are looking well set to gain promotion and both teams climbing a division would represent a great season.”

On Saturday, Upottery travel to Creedy Park to meet third bottom Sandford II.

When they entertained the Mid Devon men at Glebe Park in last May Upottery were six wicket winners.

Skipper Joyce says: “The lads know these next few games are the really important ones. Everyone is available and clearly itching to play and, with the 2nds not having a game we have a wider pool of players if needed.”

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