Otters at the double as C Division looms ever nearer

PUBLISHED: 12:55 23 August 2011


Ottery St Mary completed the double over D Division champions Ipplepen and now need 27 points from their final two games at home to Whimple this Saturday and away at Whitchurch on September 3, to join Ipplepen in the C Division next season.

Ipplepen were bowled out in 29.3 overs for a meagre 76 with Will Harrison (5-34) and Rob Johns (4-17) combing with great effect.

Just three wickets were lost in then run chase, completed inside 19 overs with Will Mumford (28) and Rob Crabb (27) the two not out batsmen when the winning line was crossed.

Ottery wrap up their season with a home game with Whimple on Saturday and then complete their programme the week after at Whitchurch.

If it was a good day for Ottery’s senior side it was a disappointing one for the 2nd XI as they were forced to settle for just four points from their visit to title rivals Ipplepen II.

Batting first the home side did very well in difficult conditions for batting to muster 192-8 with Zac Johns claiming 4-51. It then became a mission for Ottery, not to lose the game, something they managed, closing on a stubborn 97-9, to deny the host’s precious extra points which would have all but ended the pair’s battle for the Divisional top honour.

The Otters travel to Barnstaple on Saturday and then wrap the term up at home to Clyst Hydon. Ipplepen journey to Thorverton this coming weekend and then finish with a visit from Axminster.

Ottery go into the last two games looking to make up the four point gap between them and Ipplepen.

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