Clements stars as battling Otters are sunk by Ipplepen

Picture: Matt Smart

Picture: Matt Smart - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary are now one of just three teams throughout the Tolchards Devon Cricket League still to register a win after they went down for the 10th time this term, beaten at home by visiting Ipplepen by a margin of 67 runs.

The visitors, who are battling it out for a place in the second tier of Devon Lague cricket next season, won the toss and batted first.

There was early joy for the Ottery bowers with Rob Crabb holding a catch off the bowling of Jack Malden and Will Harrison knocked the stumps over to leave Ipplepen 34-2.

They recovered, but Ottery hit back again and, at 156-7, there were concerns in the visiting camp that they’d miss out on all available batting points.

It was a half century from number eight bat Marcus Green that took them to their fifth and final batting points and they closed on 237-8 after their 45 overs.

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The Ottery wicket takers were; Will Harrison (2-41, from a full nine over shift), Robert Crabb (2-38 from eight overs) and Daniel Jeacock, who took two wickets for 21 from his four overs and there as a single wicket claimed by both Jack Malden and Tom Jeacock.

Dan Flower and Jack Malden launched the reply, but Flower fell for seven with the total on 10 and then Malden was dismissed for 10 with the score 29-2.

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Joe Henkus (15) and Henry Mutter (1) were both returned to the pavilion, but opener Alex Clements was not to be moved as he made his way impressively to a half century before he was the fifth wicket to be lost with the total on 131. Clements stroked ten fours in his knock of 68.

Daniel Jeacock batted well for a 55-ball stay at the wicket that saw him end unbeaten on 36 and Harry Conway provided resistance with a knock of 13 as the Ottery reply closed on 170-8 at the end of their 45 overs.

The Otters remain rooted to the foot of the B Division table and are now 52 points from safety with seven games to play.

On Saturday the Otters travel top table-topping Bideford.

B Division bottom three

P W L Ab Pts

Filleigh 11 3 6 1 119

Thorverton 11 3 7 0 103

Ottery St Mary 11 0 10 1 67

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