Ottery St Mary’s Ollie West at it again – a second successive century


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Ottery St Mary batsman Ollie West, just a week after scoring his maiden century with a knock of 105 against Braunton, was at it again, bettering that century with a score of 138 as the Otters chalked up another handsome victory, a 97 run success over Clyst Hydon.

Ottery skipper Will Harrison lost the toss and was invited to bat by his opposite number and sent Ollie West and Alex Clements out to start things off.

The pair, who gave their side a 125 run start the previous week, put on 86 for the first wicket, which became that of Clements, sent back for 21.

Dan Flower then joined West and they took the total to 156 before Flower fell, also for 21.

When West was fifth man out, the Ottery total was 257-5 with West having scored his 138 from 130 deliveries, hitting 17 fours and two sixes.

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The late runs came via a terrific cameo from Jack Malden who slammed 44 from just 22 balls with five fours and two sixes. Malden and George Mutter, who ended up not out six, added 54 for the eighth wicket as Ottery closed on 315-8.

A rain interruption led to the Duckworth-Lewis system being called into play with Clyst Hydon set a revised target of 284 from 40.3 overs.

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They lost their first wicket with the reply on 20, with Bob Dormer holding a catch off Rob Johns.

It was 55-2 with Dan Flower holding a catch off the bowling of Sam Brook. Clyst Hydon took their run chase to 93-2 before Oliver West decided to intervene with the ball and he hit the stumps and then claimed wickets four and five thanks to catches by Dan Jeacock and Sam Brook.

It was soon 134-6 with Rob Johns holding a catch off the bowling of George Mutter and, with the overs running down, Dan Jeacock, as third change, snapped up two wickets to leave the reply closing on 186-8.

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