SHALDON 85 (1) lost to UPLYME & LYME REGIS 91-3 (19) by 7 wickets

A STERLING performance from the Uplyme & Lyme Regis bowling attack set up a fourth win of the season for the hosts in Devon League C Division East.

Shaldon captain Couch won the toss and elected to bat first on what appeared a fairly true wicket at the King George V Playing Fields.

Opener Blackburn was fortunate to survive in just the first over as he edged through the slips, but batting partner Thomas wasn’t so lucky, with Rhys Davies having him caught by Alex Richards.

An incredible piece of fielding by Harvey Brimicombe resulted in Ballman being run out, and Blackburn (18) went himself soon after when he edged Uplyme captain Steve Batey to wicketkeeper Jedd Whittington.

At 26-3, Shaldon’s Espley was sent packing first ball as he played on to Batey, and the home skipper’s impressive afternoon continued as he bowled Tuffnell for a duck – he then trapped D Woolnough.

Struggling on 32-6, Moore and Couch put on 12 for the seventh wicket before the latter was bowled by Paddy Barraclough.

C Woolnough and Moore put on 18, only for Moore to be caught in the deep by Brimicombe for 22, and Day and Whitehead followed to leave the visitors all out with just 85 scored.

Batey (5-26) was the pick of the bowlers while Barraclough (1-12) bowled what must have been the most economical spell of his career. Davies (2-20) and Lee (1-22) also claimed their share of the spoils.

Uplyme openers Richards and Alfie Bellworthy began the reply positively, both playing some nice shots in a stand of 49.

Bellworthy was bowled by Couch for 18 but Richard O’Hall-oran joined Richards and continued in the same manner, striking an extravagant six off Espley.

Richards eventually fell for a 33-ball 37, Mark Batey went for three, but Steve Batey (16no) and O’Halloran (12no) finished the game off for Uplyme.

Uplyme travel to Clyst Hydon on Saturday as the second XI, who beat Kilmington by seven wickets last weekend, host Whimple.