Ottery slip to defeat at Alphington

13:29 22 August 2014

Ottery St Mary 1st XI 2014

Ottery St Mary 1st XI 2014

Archant

Ottery St Mary 1st XI paid the price for a display which was slightly under par in all facets of the game as the short trip to Alphington resulted in a frustrating three wicket defeat, writes Ian Townsend.

Despite undeniably encountering the worst of the batting conditions, the Otters would have hoped to have posted a more competitive total than their 202-7 and when they then produced a bowling display lacking in the overall control of recent contests, coupled with some vital dropped catches, a home victory was always on the cards.

As home paceman Tom Bath struggled for line and length, the Otters were given a decent 61-run start by Lewis Townsend (29) and youngster Billy Rudolph but after Andy Wilson produced a delivery which popped, forcing the Otters skipper to offer a catch to gully and Rudolph (14) was pouched as he top edged Paul James, the total stood at 82-2.

Wilson (3-26) soon removed both Alex Thurgate (0) and Dan Flower (1), but teenage number three bat Billy Reed was batting in impressive style as 73 runs were added in partnership with vice-captain Rob Crabb. Reed eventually departed for 58 (six fours), caught by James off home skipper Stuart Shaw who then bowled Crabb (30). From 184-6, as the Alphas continued to bowl tightly, Ottery never regained their momentum despite some late resistance from Sam Lynch (20 not out).

As the visitors closed on a total 20-30 runs under par, Shaw returned 3-34 but James was the standout bowler with 1-18 from nine overs.

Good opening spells by left armers Joe Birch and Will Harrison reduced the Alphas reply to 41-3. Tom Baxter (4) fell to a catch by teenager Harry Conway at mid-off off Birch and Dave Haysom (27) was very well held by the same fielder off Harrison (2-43) who soon bowled Mike Shepherd.

However, Danesh Raheja and Bath (18) then added a useful 47 before the latter fell to Conway’s third catch of the day, Rudolph the beneficiary. At 88-4 the Otters had cause for optimism but, as vital chances were grassed, the contest was taken away from the Salston Field side by a fine innings from James.

The all-rounder unleashed numerous classy shots as 85 were added with the dogged Raheja. Birch returned to deliver a very rapid late spell which was rewarded with the wickets of Raheja (47 from 82 balls), caught behind by Reed, and John Hill, bowled for a single, but the Alphas were guided home with three overs to spare by the excellent James whose 72 not out contained 13 boundaries. Birch’s 3-25 from nine overs was comfortably the pick of the Otters’ bowling.

Townsend afterwards acknowledged that his side had collectively been a little off colour when he commented: “We’ve probably come up a little bit short all round – we didn’t quite score enough runs, we didn’t bowl as well as we can and we dropped a couple of tough catches. Its fine margins but, in a close game like that, they’re the things which count”.

Ottery St Mary 202-7 (B.Reed 58, R.Crabb 30, L.Townsend 29, S.Lynch 20*, A.Wilson 3-26, S.Shaw 3-34) Alphington 204-7 (P.James 72*, D.Raheja 47, D.Haysom 27, J.Birch 3-25, W.Harrison 2-43). Alphington (18pts) bt Ottery St Mary (8pts) by 3 wkts.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 20:51
Bowls

The weather has been a big problem for Ottery St Mary bowlers this past week, writes Michael Smith.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:50
Sidmouth Bowls Club Captains Day and the men's captain and vice-captain shake hands in front of the players before the action got underway.

With only a month remaining of the outdoor season, many of the finalists for the club competitions are known with only a few semi finals still outstanding, writes John Mason.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:49
Ottery St Mary, the 2015 Tolchards Devon League C Division East champions.
Back row: (left to right); Joe Birch, Will Harrison, Rob Johns, Dan Flower, Rob Crabb
Front row: (left to right); Pete Gascoigne (scorer), Billy Rudolph, Ollie Reed, Lewis Townsend (capt), Sam Lynch, Billy Reed, Zac Johns, Elliott Jeffery (Bovis Homes).

Despite their local derby with Feniton being truncated by a spectacular thunderstorm, a fine bowling display last weekend saw Ottery St Mary 1st XI claim the necessary points to clinch the Tolchard’s Devon League C Division (East) title and thus secure promotion to the third tier of Devon cricket for the first time in their history, writes Ian Townsend.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:49

Sidmouth’s grip on the runners-up berth in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division was loosened as they went down by 35-runs at North Devon.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:48

Sidmouth II head into the final match day of the Tolchards League season knowing that, as long as they bank more points than the home side then they be crowned 2nd XI Premier Division champions once again.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:45
rugby

The Sidmouth rugby senior squad had a second warm-up match against Honiton in preparation for the coming league season and once again showed their ability to play a fast, mobile game with a fine display of running rugby and finishing to score twelve unanswered tries in a 70-0 win, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:44
Rugby

The rugby club are planning to build on the successful introduction of girls rugby last season, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:44
Sidmouth B team who retaiend the Jurassic Cup with a two-leg victory over Axe Cliff

On Saturday, the Sidmouth B team visited Axe Cliff Golf and Country Club for the second leg of the Jurassic Cup, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:43
Golf generic picture

The eigtheenth round of the Sidmouth Jewellers Friday night league was won again by Mark Thomas with an excellent 40 points, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:43
Golf generic picture

The Charles Stanley sponsored Monday Stableford saw poor weather with rain through much of the day, writes John Barnard.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition


Devon's trusted business finder