Uplyme and Lyme Regis edged out in low-scoring game
PUBLISHED: 19:54 28 June 2018
Uplyme and Lyme Regis are now 25 points adrift at the foot of the Tolchards Devon League D Division East table after suffering a seventh defeat in eight outings, going down by three wickets at home to Barnstaple and Pilton.
In a low scoring game, home skipper Lawrie Thomas won the toss and opted to bat first, but, when he made that decision, he could not have foreseen a scenario where his side were bundled out for 80 in just 27.2 overs.
Indeed, but for a battling 38 from Steve Batey, batting from the number five berth, the home innings would have ended a lot sooner!
There were only three other scores that made it into double figures. Opening bat Robert Thom hit 12 and number seven bat James Whetlor scored 10 and there were also a dozen extras.
However, despite posting such a low total, Uplyme and Lyme Regis hit straight back when Whetlor removed one of the Barum openers with the very first ball of the reply!
It was soon 3-2 as Steve Batey held a catch to give Tyler Wellman his first wicket and when Harry Thomas took a catch off Whetlor’s bowling the visitors were 11-3.
The fourth wicket pair dug in and got the reply to 44 when Robert Thom held a catch off the Wellman bowling. No further runs were added before a fifth wicket was taken, a third for Whetlor and, at 41-5, the outcome of the game was very much in the balance.
The sixth wicket fell with the score on 57 with Steve Batey catch seeing Whetlor claim a fourth wicket. It was soon 62-7 with Steve Batey the successful bowler thanks to a Robert Thom catch. However, that was as good as it got for the home side as Barum’s number seven bat Robin Norton hit an unbeaten 21 to see the visiting side home on 84-7 after just 19.1 overs.
The bowling honours went to James Whetlor with his return of 4-27 from nine overs and the Tyler Wellman figures were 2-27 from six.
On Saturday (June 30), Uplyme and Lyme Regis travel to second bottom Countess Wear.