Cricket: Bateys in blast for Lyme

FINE KNOCK: Mark Batey

FINE KNOCK: Mark Batey

First published in Lyme Regis

 UPLYME & LYME REGIS 198-9 (19pts) beat CLYST SG 171 (7pts) by 27 runs

A COUPLE of superb knocks from the Batey brothers helped Uplyme see off Clyst and move up to fourth place in Devon League D Division.

Uplyme’s 27-run victory saw them leapfrog Seaton in the standings with just one game of the campaign, at home to promotion contenders Yelverton, to go this Saturday.

Batting first, hosts Uplyme made 198-9 with Mark Batey contributing 62, skipper Steve Batey compiling 52 and Nick Dinnison adding 29.

In reply, the captain came to the fore once again with figures of 4-24, while Paddy Barra-clough chipped in by taking 2-31 and 13-year-old Daley Holmes (1-24) joined the party too.

Chris Ferro, who had earlier taken 2-32, made 66 but he couldn’t deny Uplyme their seventh win of the season.

“It was fairly comfortable, even if the scoreline doesn’t suggest that,” said Steve Batey. “We batted first and I think our score was about par for the wicket.

“We kept things quite tight when we bowled and it was a good performance overall.

“We were slightly more relaxed with nothing really to play for, and we’re up to fourth in the league which is exceptional for us.”

He added: “It has been a fairly strong season for us. We had a run of four losses between the end of July and the start of August which ended our promotion hopes.

“But we’ve got the youngest team in the league so there are promising times ahead.”

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