Upottery skipper speaks about rare back-to-back defeats

PUBLISHED: 16:15 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 25 June 2018

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Upottery have not suffered too many back-to-back defeats in recent seasons as their Glebe Park home has been a total fortress since they moved there.

However, seven days after they lost for the first time on home turf, they went down again, beaten by a margin of 42 runs at the Bohea Field base of Clyst St George.

After sticking the home side in, Upottery skipper Mark Joyce was pleased with his bowlers’ work as Clyst St George were restricted to a total of 218-7 after their 45 overs.

However, and not for the first time this season, the Upottery batting proved their downfall as they were bowled out for 176 in 41 overs.

Joyce said: “The bowlers did their work well and the support fielding was good. I was quite content at the interval. Sadly, that mood had changed at stumps for, once again, and it’s happening all too often of late, our batters failed to collectively do the business. The problem we have is that we are getting batsmen in, but then they are not going on to turn ‘getting in’ into big individual scores. That is very frustrating as it is not as if we have the ability to get those big scores. We have before, and I am sure we will again, but right now the batting is our nemesis.”

On Saturday, high-flying Exmouth 2nds are the visitors to Glebe Park and Joyce is keen for the villagers to avoid an ‘unthinkable’ third straight defeat. He says: “Having lost our home record with that last Glebe Park game I am keen to return to winning ways. We had five top line players missing for the defeat at Bohea Field and I am expecting four back for the Exmouth visit so, if we play to our potential, I am hoping we can return to winning ways.”

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