Dinnison and Van den Berg bowl Uplyme to victory

Looking out from a cricket scorers position

Looking out from a cricket scorers position - Credit: Archant

Uplyme were 68-run winners when they met Filleigh in a C Division East fixture, writes Eddie Clarke.

On a good batting pitch, Uplyme feared their first innings total was at least 30 runs short but these fears were unfounded after a devastating spells of bowling from their two overseas players, Nicholas Dinnison and Michael van den Berg saw them to victory and able to bank 19 points for their efforts.

There were just 10 runs on the board when Rob Thom departed and he was followed back to the pavilion by van den Berg with the score on 25.

The middle order worked hard to get runs on the board and a vital partnership of 67 followed between Mark Batey (38) and Laurie Thomas (29).

Australian Dinnison (41) and Woodroffe student Tyler Wellman (22), took the score to 129 before Wellman, batting confidently following his ton the previous match, was caught.

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The lower order batsmen failed to make any further substantial contribution and the manner of their dismissals was a worry to skipper Steve Batey who commented on the fact that there were still seven overs remaining in the innings when Davies was last man out, caught without scoring after playing an injudicious shot.

Uplyme came out for the second half determined to make up for their below performance with the bat and were rewarded with the wicket of opener Ashdown, caught behind by Mark Batey after only five balls of what proved to be a devastating spell of fast left arm bowling from Dinnison.

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He bowled unchanged, finishing with magnificent figures of 4-26 from a nine over spell. It all helped Uplyme remove the top five Filleigh batters within 15 overs for a combined total of 56!

South African off spinner van den Berg then took charge and weaved his way to 3-18 in a spell that saw him concede just one run in the last six overs he sent down!

James Whetlor finished off the rout in the 29th over when he bowled the Filleigh last man, ending the reply on 95.

The performance still leaves skipper Steve Batey with food for thought of how to get the best from his batsman before Saturday’s (June 11) meeting with local rivals Kilmington.

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