Uplyme and Lyme Regis enjoy double delight as club prepares for the Brian Rattenbury 40th anniversary match

Uplyme and Lyme Regis were comfortable eight wicket winners at Countess Wear.

The home side were bundled out for 126 after a fine all-round performance for the visiting bowlers.

It was fourth change Alex Taylor who returned the most impressive figures of 4-9 in four overs. Four other bowlers claimed wickets led by Steve Batey (2-22 in seven) and Neil Price (2-33 in nine) whilst there were single wickets for Rhys Davies (1-18 in five) and Rod Homes (1-19 in five). The first innings was all over inside 35 overs.

The reply took considerably fewer deliveries as an eight wicket win was wrapped up in 27.3 overs.

Opener James Dunford carried his bat over the finishing line unbeaten on 34 whilst fellow opener Rob Thom struck 36 before he was out. Jedd Whittington, on his return to action, scored 34 from the number three slot and the other not out batsman at the close was Tyler Wellman with seven.

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The win lifts the side up to fourth in the D Division and they sit just nine points behind second placed Seaton.

Next up is Saturday’s home game with third placed Ashburton who will start the day just four points above them.

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Uplyme 2nds made it a day of double delight for the club with an 11-run home win over Countess Wear II. Daley Holmes struck a superb unbeaten 39 and helped Ed Clarke (45) put on 98 for the seventh wicket as 115-6 grew to 213-7 and the innings closed one run later on 214-8.

Brian Rattenbury, in his 40th season with the club, then claimed 3-24 and both Bradley Rowe (2-30 from nine) and Sam Wooster, who made an impressive debut, claiming 2-30, also claimed wickets as the home reply floundered on 203-9.

There’s plenty of action for the club this week. Tonight it’s the usual club nets and selection meeting and tomorrow (Thursday) the Under-13s entertain Powerstock in the Dave Chaffey Cup. On Saturday the 1st XI have that big home game with Ashburton whilst the 2nd XI make the short trip to Kilmington and on Sunday it’s a very special game with the Presidents XI raking on the Brian Rattenbury’s 40th anniversary eleven with a 2pm start.

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