Ottery 2nds make it two wins from two with Thorverton triumph
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 May 2018
Ottery St Mary 2nd XI made it back-to-back E Division East victories as they won by five wickets when they hosted Thorverton 2nds.
Ottery skipper Richard Jackson won the toss and invited the Thors to bat first and he saw his bowlers go about their business well as they bundled the Mid Devon men out for 150 in 39.3 overs.
George Mutter (3-31 from nine overs) and Dan Jeacock (2-22 from nine) accounted for half the visiting batsmen and the other bowlers to claim wickets were James Anderson (1-31), Ashok Prasad (1-26), Albert Southall-Brown (1-8) and Matt Jeacock (1-9). The Ottery reply suffered early blows with the loss of opener Dan Jeacock without scoring and number three George Mutter, who made six, but skipper Jackson the joined Anthony Dean and they took the total to 88 before the skipper fell for a four boundary 58-ball knock of 42.
Lawrence Walker chipped in with 15 and Albert Southall-Brown scored 10, but it was opening bat Dean who led the victory charge and he was the last man out, but only with the scores level when he was caught off the 114th ball he faced having scored a splendid 51.
Ottery 2nds are fourth in the early season table and this Saturday (May 19) they host an Axminster side that sits one place below them in the table.
● Ottery St Mary 1st XI were undone by some of their own former teammates when they lost by a margin of 100 runs on their visit to Kilmington for a Tolchards Devon League C Division East game.
Ottery skipper Will Harrison won the toss and asked the home side to bat first and the Kilmington openers took the total to 51 before a Dan Flower catch, off the bowling of Harrison saw the Otters claim a breakthrough. Home progress was steady – they were 192-5 with Oliver West clean bowling former Ottery player Billy Reed for 34 and Sam Brook (2) and Zac Johns (1), also claiming wickets.
The Kilmington tail wagged sufficiently for them to close on a commanding 272-9. Brook took a couple of further wickets to top the Ottery bowling honours with figures of 4-38 from six overs and Zac Johns’ return was 2-52 from seven overs. Harrison (1-42 from nine) and West (1-29 for seven) were the other Ottery wicket takers.
The Ottery reply saw the loss of Alex Clements without scoring and Dan Flower for three – both caught and when Henry Mutter was caught and bowled for 12 the reply was 71-3.
Opener Oliver West was still there, but he lost a steady string of fellow batters as wickets fell at regular intervals. Jack Malden – with a six boundary 35 – offered some support, but it was a one-man resistance thereafter with West the 10th and final wicket to fall when he was finally dismissed, caught for a splendid 84 with Ottery all out for 172 after just 26.2 overs.