Ottery St Mary suffer first petanque defeat of new season

Saturday, April 19, 2014
9:47 AM

Arriving at Chudleigh for a 1.30pm league match, the Otters found that the home club had just beaten Isca by three games to two, writes Dave West.

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The first triple game found John Thatcher, Peter Jones and Dave West up against the strong Chudleigh trio of Frank Depreaux, Thierry Hacq and Henry Pickett, and a keenly fought game saw ends of four points twice and a five.

The Otters came through to finish the game with a three point end to snatch a 13-9 victory.

The second triples was something of a marathon and Ottery’s Rose Thatcher, Barrie Hall and Derek Hansen found themselves playing for an hour and a half to stand at 12-all against Richard Freer, John Baxter and Rob Thomas!

The Otters finally looked to be in a winning position only for Chudleigh to shoot out the jack and require yet another end to be played. In the tightest of finishes the home side edged home 13-12.

That left everything to play for in the three doubles games, but Derek Hansen and Rose Thatcher started with a 13-0 whitewash at the hands of Henry Pickett and Thierry Hacq to nudge Chudleigh into a match lead.

Peter Jones and Dave West were up against Franck Depreaux and John Baxter and were always in the game until the home side scored a five point end and this proved too big a lead for the Otters who eventually lost 13-7.

In the final game John Thatcher and Barrie Hall recorded Ottery’s only doubles success with a fine 13-3 triumph against Richard Freer and Mike Moyse.

So the match result was a 3-2 win for Chudleigh and therefore a first defeat of the new term for Ottery.

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