Ottery St Mary CC appoint a new 1st XI skipper
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Ottery St Mary will have a new 1st XI captain for next summer’s campaign in the Tolchards Devon League C Division East, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
Will Harrison has stepped aside after three seasons at the helm and passed the tiller to Alex Clements.
Clements, a graduate of the club's youth section, cut his captaincy teeth skippering the 2nd XI in 2017.
Jody Clements - the new captain's brother and a former 1st XI captain himself - will be the number two.
There's a new captain for the 2nd XI too as Dan Flower has taken over from Dan Jeacock.
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All three appointments were confirmed at the club's annual meeting earlier this week.
Skipper Clements was part of the team that finished in the C West top three last season.
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The new captain wants to regain B Division status, but accepts there is some work to be done first. We 'burgled' third place last season thanks to a little bit of luck along the way," said Clements. "To go any higher we need to be a bit more consistent and probably need to recruit a couple of players."
High on Clements' list of priorities is finding a replacement for Aussie run machine Ollie West, who is not returning for a third season with Ottery. "Ollie is staying in Brisbane to complete his degree so we have to find a way of replacing his runs, roughly 1,700 in the past two seasons," said Clements.
The 2020 season may be more than five months away, but Clements has already booked pre-season nets.
"Winter training will take place every Sunday in March from 6-7pm at the Devon Cricket Centre on the University of Exeter campus," said Clements.