UPLYME AND LYME REGIS (5pts) 169-8 lost to CLYST HYDON SPORTS (20pts) 175-5 by five wickets

UPLYME made the fairly short trip for the seventh game of their campaign, and were narrowly defeated by Clyst Hydon Sports.

Visiting captain Steve Batey won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a good run-scoring wicket.

Uplyme openers Alex Richards and Robert Thom survived the first few deliveries from overseas bowler Haturusingha, but Thom was then bowled by a full delivery from the Sri Lankan.

That brought Uplyme’s own import Richard O’Halloran to the crease and he played nicely with Richards, until the latter fell for 11 when he was caught behind.

O’Halloran’s impressive 20 was eventually brought to an end when he was bowled, and with both Steve and Mark Batey also dismissed, Clyst had Uplyme wobbling at 74-6.

One youngster then came to join another for Uplyme as Tyler Wellman joined Alfie Bellworthy. The pair played very patiently and scored well.

Having occupied the crease for a large period of time, Bellworthy began to up the tempo with 10 overs to go, which caused him to be caught for an important 35.

Wellman made an equally vital 32 to give Uplyme a total of 169-8.

In reply, Clyst openers Sutton and Wood came out to begin the chase and Wood was out after a brisk 19.

Trude came to join Sutton and the pair pushed the score up to 72 before Sutton was caught behind off the bowling of O’Halloran for 24.

Trude was playing his own game, a mixture of assured and rash strokes, while Lewis played slightly more conventionally in a partnership worth 44. Lewis then fell for 19 to bring the stand to an end with the score on 116-3.

Haturusingha played a brief innings before Clyst’s Arnold manoeuvred the ball around for an impressive 31 not out.

Trude had recently surpassed the 50 mark but couldn’t remain unbeaten when he was well caught by Mark Batey in the deep, leaving team mate Pawley to finish 0 not out as the hosts got over the line.