Ottery St Mary sail into semi-final of the Under-13 County Sports Cup

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Ottery St Mary Under-13s served up a superb all-round performance to confidently see off Exeter to reach the semi-finals of the County Sports East Devon Youth League KO Cup where they will no meet Budleigh Salterton.

Both sides were without some regular players, but the Ottery team rose to the challenge magnificently against an Exeter side who were desperate to get some revenge for two defeats against Ottery in league matches played earlier in the campaign.

Ottery captain Max Mayor won the toss and decided to bat first and set the tempo of the game.

Lawrence Walker and Ben Lawler got Ottery off to a great start, putting on 47 for the opening wicket, and in good time too!

Lawler departed for nine and Walker was joined by Ollie Glanville who hit a quick boundary and made valuable runs.

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Ollie Olliff continued his excellent batting form with a quick-fire 27, a knock that included six fours.

Meanwhile, ‘Mister Reliable’ young Walker – retired having reached 41 hitting seven boundaries along the way, and that impetus provided the base for some big hitting at the end.

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Matt Jeacock and James Tyler came together and certainly enjoyed the last few overs. Jeacock made a rapid unbeaten 17 and Tyler rifled four fours and slammed a big six in a contribution of 24 not out that all helped to take the Otters to a close of 157-5 after their 20 overs.

The Exeter reply was hit by some wonderful Ottery bowling. Mayor (1-9) Joe Hynam (1-5) and Walker (1-9), bowled really well, and, after five overs of the reply, Exeter were a troubled 10-3, with both the dangerous Joe Farmer (2) and Joe Cole (0) back in the pavilion!

The wicket of Cole, who was run out, owed much to the excellent work of Jeacock behind the stumps.

Finn Hill scored an excellent 40 before he retired and Will Bailey chipped in with an unbeaten 20, but Exeter could only muster 86-4 in their 20 overs leaving Ottery winners by a whopping margin of 71 runs, and they can now look forward to a semi-final showdown with Budleigh Salterton.

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