Ottery St Mary Under-13s crowned league champions after seventh straight success

Ottery St Mary Under-13s player Ben Lawler scored 40 and retired as his team made it six wins out of

Ottery St Mary Under-13s player Ben Lawler scored 40 and retired as his team made it six wins out of six with victory over Topsham St James - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary Under-13s finished the league season with a 100 per record, rounded off with a comfortable six wicket win at Clyst St George.

The Otters, who won all seven of their Bradleys East Devon League fixtures this season, lost the toss and had to bowl first.

However, such is the confidence of this Ottery side that they tore into the home side with Ben Lawler claiming the individual bowling honours with a return of 4-13 from four excellent overs.

Ollie Olliff was back in the wickets, the youngster claimed a brace for just seven runs and there was a similar return for Ollie Brealey who finished with 2-6 from four overs.

Included in some now-customary smart Ottery fielding was an outstanding slip catch held by Lawrence Walker. Matt Jeacock took the final wicket as Ottery bowled the home side out for just 72 in 19.1 overs

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The run chase was led by Michael Lilley and James Tyler, who together put on a half century opening stand, ended when Tyler was caught for 19.

Lilley made a well constructed 23, and there were cameos from Walker and Max Mayor before Reuben Heal and Brealy saw Ottery across the line with nearly full overs to spare.

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With the league title now safely wrapped up the Otters can turn their attention to the East Devon cup where they have reached the quarter-finals.

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