Otters heading into new season in upbeat mood

Wicket keeper Alex Clements for Ottery against Sidmouth. Ref shsp 25 18TI 5836. Picture: Terry Ife

Wicket keeper Alex Clements for Ottery against Sidmouth. Ref shsp 25 18TI 5836. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Cautious optimism would best describe the mood at Ottery St Mary Cricket Club as the new Tolchard’s Devon Cricket League season gets underway writes Ian Townsend

Captained once again by left arm paceman, Will Harrison, the 1st XI begin their campaign with a home C Division East clash against Shobrooke Park

The Otters’ skipper was in upbeat mood when he commented: “We’re really looking forward to the season ahead. Our young players are a year older and, with Ollie West returning as our overseas, I’m positive we can improve on last season’s league position, maybe even challenge for promotion.”

The return of West represents a real coup for the club. The popular Brisbane-based youngster last season fitted in seamlessly at Salston Field.

As well as posting almost 900 runs at the top of the order and claiming 23 wickets with his off spinners, West also contributed hugely to the coaching of both juniors and the club’s female players.

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Whilst the input of old hands such as Joe Birch, the Clements brothers, Jody & Alex, and Dan Flower will be important, the success or otherwise of the 1st XI may hinge on the ability of promising youngsters such as Joe Henkus, Sam Brook and Henry Mutter to step up to the plate on a consistent basis.

The 2nd XI, who kick off with a trip to Countess Wear, will again ply their trade in E Division East under the leadership of rookie skipper Dan Jeacock.

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Galvanised by one or two old hands, the side will once again largely comprise a selection of talented youngsters.

Players such as; prolific leg spinner Jack Dallyn ,who took 31 wickets in 2018, George Mutter, Lawrence Walker, Jon Triner and Matt Jeacock will need to continue to progress if the second string are to have a successful campaign.

Practice nets for adults will continue on Tuesday evenings throughout the season and new players are always welcome irrespective of ability or experience. Interested parties should contact Will Harrison on 07737 079199.

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