Uplyme and Lyme Regis claim fine win in close encounter with hosts Halberton and Sampford Peverell.

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Uplyme & Lyme Regis warmed up for this Saturday’s East Devon derby with Seaton by beating hosts Halberton & Sampford Peverell by two wickets.

The Mid Devon side batted first and were looking set for a commanding total, reaching three figures for the loss of just one wicket.

However, once the second wicket fell others followed at regular intervals and they lost their last batsman with the total on 172 after 36.4 overs.

The wicket taking duties were shared by three bowlers with Alex Taylor claiming 4-55, Adam Caddy bagging 3-34, both from nine over stints whilst Steve Batey finished with 2-9 from 3.4 overs.

The run chase was smooth as the visitors would, have liked and they were a troubled 101-6 when number three bat Henry Perry was joined by Steve Batey and the pair added 62 for the seventh wicket before Perry eventually fell for a battling 38. Batey fell with the score also on 163, but Mark Brimmacombe and Rhys Davies saw their side to a two wicket win.

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On Saturday Uplyme and Lyme Regis head into the derby with Seaton knowing that victory would see them further enhance their own promotion hopes whilst denting those of Seaton.

Uplyme and Lyme Regis II were edged out in a real top-of-the-table thriller at home to Axminster II who nudged them from top spot in the D Division east courtesy of a three-run win!

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Axminster batted first and were bowled out for 175 in 42.2 overs. Wesley Holmes (4-19) and Ali Rattenbury (3-34), were the principle wicket takers for Uplyme who were then in all sorts of bother at 98-8 when penultimate pairing Rodney Homes and Ali Rattenbury came together.

They were not to be parted and added an unbroken 74-runs for the 9th wicket, but came up short in the run chase with Axminster’s total being three runs more than the reply!

Holmes was unbeaten on 66 at the close with Rattenbury unbeaten on 21.

Axminster take over at the top of the table with the margin between the teams as tight as their match outcome – Axminster lead by a single point!

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