Otters travel to South Devon looking to boost promotion bid

Ottery 2nds fielding against Lewdown. Ref shsp 23-16TI 1568. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery 2nds fielding against Lewdown. Ref shsp 23-16TI 1568. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary travel to South Devon tomorrow (Saturday) as they bid to continue their push for Tolchards Devon League B Division glory, writes Stephen Birley.

The Otters were washed out in their match at Ivybridge on Saturday with the game tantalisingly poised.

The Bridgers had been bowled out for just 130 with the Otters four wickets down and needing 99 more runs to win.

South Devon have yet to win a game this season having lost all five that they have started so far including last Saturday’s 54-run defeat against Plymstock.

Ottery go into the game sitting fourth in the table, 20 points behind new leaders Plymstock. Ivybridge, who are 11 points better off than Ottery, sit in the other promotion berth. The Otters 2nd XI are moving towards a place in the top flight of Devon League cricket as they currently sit third in the 2nd XI A Division.

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Tomorrow their promotion credentials come under scrutiny when they entertain second placed Alphington who lead them by 13 points.

Torquay II top the section with 103 points, 26 more than the Otters who in turn are 11 points clear of fourth placed Budleigh.

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The Ottery St Mary third XI suffered pain in the rain against Filleigh II who had chalked up an imposing 203-2 when rain put the Otters out of their misery. Tomorrow, the third eleven make the short trip to Feniton who sit fifth in the 2nd XI D Division East table, two places and a dozen points better off than the Otters.

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