Olliff stars as Ottery Under-13s make it six straight wins
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Ottery St Mary Under-13s completed a sixth successive Bradleys East Devon League win with a thrilling two-wicket home success over a strong Sampford Peverell team.
Ottery’s reshaped side rose to the considerable challenge posed by the visitors who had several county and district players in their ranks.
Ottery lost the toss and Sampford Peverell batted first, and, while Devons Sammy Broomhead was scoring well at one end, Ollie Olliff and Ollie Glanville took wickets at the other.
After the opening bowlers had completed their spells and young Broomhead had retired having reached 40, both Ennis Mackenzie and Jared Allen looked in good touch until Mackenzie was run out by Joe Brookes and Allen was bowled by Matt Jeacock.
Jeacock also got rid of the dangerous Tom Hatton for just five - thanks to a great catch by Ollie Olliff - and Freddie Eul-Barker also got a late wicket to help restrict the visitors to 111-6 in their 20 overs.
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The total looked a reasonable target for Ottery, but it was never going to be easy, particularly after the early loss of Ben Lawler and Michael Lilley (9)
James Tyler came to the wicket with an instruction to ‘go for it’ and a four off his first ball signalled his intention. His 41 not out (retired) off just 37 balls gave Ottery the platform for a successful run chase.
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There were valuable contributions from Joe Hynam, Freddie Eul-Barker and Matt Jeacock, but the real hero of the hour was Ollie Olliff.
He hit five boundaries and scored a match-winning unbeaten 27 from just 11 balls, holding his nerve to steer Ottery across the line in style with another sweetly times shot to the boundary ropes. Ottery closed on 113-8, giving them a thrilling two-wicket win with six deliveries of the contest remaining.