UPLYME & LYME REGIS 238-7 (20pts) beat SIDMOUTH II 236 (8pts) by two runs

UPLYME & Lyme Regis held their nerve in a breathtaking finale to edge Sidmouth Seconds by two runs in an enthralling Devon League C Division East derby at King George V Playing Fields.

With just three runs needed from the final four balls and one wicket remaining, all three results were possible until Joe Elsworth took the final wicket, completing his fifer and an extremely tense win.

Earlier, Uplyme had amassed 238-7 from their 45 overs – a far cry from the 366-4 scored one week previous.

Anand Abhishek (30), Elsworth (17) and Tyler Wellman (25) all made good contributions to set the Uplyme innings up but the outstanding knock came from captain Sam Farrow (77).

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His 83-ball stay at the crease comprised of nine boundaries and four sixes until he offered a catch off Byron Knowles (2-39).

Bruce Maltby (22) and Rhys Davies (7) then smacked three late sixes between them to set Sidmouth a 239 target.

Elsworth was in fine form with the ball early on, taking two wickets in two balls to reduce the visitors to 23-2.

Wickets continued to fall but Taylor Ingram-Hill flew to a half-century by the time Sidmouth were four wickets down.

Farrow (2-42) and Davies (1-19) took three wickets but failed to nab Ingham-Hill, the Sidmouth number four reaching a fabulous century.

However, it was the return of Elsworth (5-33) that settled the game as the paceman removed Ingham-Hill, having hit 20 fours and a six, before dismissing tailenders Tom Hodgson (1) and Tom Wainwright (3) to complete a nerve-jangling win.