Ottery St Mary slip to the foot of the the table after Bideford defeat

Ottery 2nds celebrate a wicket at home to Paington. Ref shsp 20-17TI 3087. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery 2nds celebrate a wicket at home to Paington. Ref shsp 20-17TI 3087. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary have endured a torrid start to their Tolchards Devon League B Division season and find themselves bottom of the table with 16 points, nine shy of third bottom Filleigh three games into an 18 game campaign.

They were a man light for their match day three, home game, against a Bideford side that top the fledgling table.

With rain hitting the area a 30-overs-per-side contest was played.

Bideford batted and opener Matt Shepherd top scored with in the visitors 45 in what

Dan Jeacock (3-38), was the most successful Ottery bowler and mention must be made also of the efforts of Ollie Reed (2-17) and Jody Clements (2-18), who kept the scoring down in the middle overs.

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The Ottery reply floundered on 95, the final wicket being lost in the penultimate over.

Jody Clements top scored for the Otters with 21.

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It already looks like being a long tough season for the Otters and match day four sees them end the first month of the season with a trip to Tavistock.

Tavvy have won one, lost one and

Ottery, who are rock bottom and already 16 points adrift, are away to Tavistock.

Tavvy enjoyed a day one win over Bideford, had their match day two meeting with Thorverton washed out when in a strong position and were narrowly beaten at Barton by two wickets in a 30-over rain-hit game last weekend.

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