Ottery face day of destiny in game at Ivybridge

Ottery 1st XI bowler Billy Ruldolph delivers a ball againt Dartington. Ref shsp 32-16TI 5886. Pictur

Ottery 1st XI bowler Billy Ruldolph delivers a ball againt Dartington. Ref shsp 32-16TI 5886. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary’s cricketers go into their game at Ivybridge tomorrow (Saturday) knowing that victory would put them in pole position to bag a second successive promotion in the Tolchards Devon League.

The Otters, playing in the third tier of the county league for the first time this season, travel to the table-topping Bridgers sitting third in the B Division table, just four points behind second placed Plymstock, who face the Bridgers on the penultimate match day of the season (August 27).

When Ottery hosted Ivybridge on matchday six the weather hit the game. Having bowled the Bridgers out for 130, the Otters, chasing a revised target of 73 in 25 overs, were 32-4 when the rain set in to abandon play. After tomorrow’s game, the Otters have just three league games left to negotiate.

They host relegation strugglers South Devon and then travel to Shobrooke Park.

The Otters beat both sides in the first meetings this season and so repeating those results would set up a likely ‘winner-takes-all’ Saturday, September 3, meeting with Plymstock with a place in the second tier of Devon League cricket up for grabs!


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First, though, that not-so-small matter of looking to win at Ivybridge tomorrow - here’s hoping!

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