Tipton St John lose narrowly in Sunday meeting with Ottery St Mary

Tipton St John batsman Steve Walker in action against Ottery St Mary Sunday XI

Tipton St John batsman Steve Walker in action against Ottery St Mary Sunday XI - Credit: Archant

Having ended their long running sequence of defeats in midweek, Tipton travelled to neighbours Ottery St Mary on Sunday, writes Phil Wright.

They faced a young team well marshalled by Will Harrison who led from the front with a score of 77 having escaped a caught and bowled chance spurned by David O’Higgins earlier.

O’Higgins did claim the wicket of Harry Peters who made 32 before being well caught on the boundary by Kevin McMeeking.

Jack Pritchard scored 25 before being caught by Phil Wright off his own bowling. Ottery reached 194 before being all out in the final over with David Birch taking 2-12 from his six overs and Mark Channon 3-39 from eight.

After losing two early wickets, Tipton’s reply centred on a partnership of 84 between Phil Tolley and Steve Walker.

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Once Walker was caught by Peters off Dean Jeacock for 45 and Tolley following shortly after for 71, the innings lost momentum despite a late flurry from Dickie Dawson (18).

Tipton ended on 172-8 the enjoyable game 22 runs short with Tom Jeacock with 2-16 off eight overs taking the bowling honours.

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