Ottery St Mary Under-13s win well at Exeter
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Wednesday night produced a glorious night for Ottery St Mary Under-13s who, not only continued their superb 100 per cent start to the season, but also bagged a 12-run win over an Exeter side who are one of their main rivals for the Bradleys East Devon Youth League title this season.
It was a hard-fought success, but well-deserved win against a very good side packed with district and county players.
Max Mayor won the toss for Ottery and elected to bat first.
Michael Lilley made 11, and George Lovesy got valuable time in the middle, making 21, and, when Ottery needed to step up the run rate, Lawrence Walker delivered - hitting a rapid 27 including a massive six!
Ben Lawler followed up his great knock on Monday against Tiverton with a valuable seven and Ollie Brealy weighed in with six not out.
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Ottery closed on 115-7 after their 20 overs, but it did some thinking that perhaps the total was 20 runs light of what would have been considered a ‘winning’ score.
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Ottery took control of the game and did not take their grip on proceedings off at any stage through to stumps!
The plan was to save county players Matt Jeacock and James Tyler to bowl the final eight overs, but this relied on applying scoreboard pressure for the first 12, and forcing the loss of wickets.
The hero of the night was Ollie Olliff who was in brilliant form, taking three wickets for 17 runs in his four over spell.
This really set Ottery up for the victory, and Jeacock and Tyler saw them across the line with 12 runs to spare.
Ottery will be playing Exeter again on Wednesday next week in the third round of the ECB Cup 3rd round. This time with home advantage.