Otters boosted by teen successes
PUBLISHED: 15:06 14 July 2011
Momentum is a vital commodity for any sporting team and so, after two rather ‘flat’ performances, last weekend’s seven wicket victory, ground out by Ottery St Mary 1st XI on their trip to struggling Bridestowe, was a crucial result, writes Ian Townsend.
Having won the toss, Otters’ skipper Jody Clements asked Bridestowe to take first knock on a very damp, soft track. Openers Phil Woods and Phil Hatton proceeded to compile a solid but slow opening stand of 48 in 18 overs before the ever frugal Mark Woodman, who conceded just five runs in his first four overs, had Hatton (12) well caught by Sam Tennant falling backwards at mid-wicket.
The home middle order was dismantled by pacy left armer, Joe Birch to reduce Bridestowe to 78-5. First skipper Scott Tremain (0) was caught at cover by Tennant, then Jack Hatton (2) was pouched by Will Harrison after which Mark Fogerty (0) and Dave Binns (7) were both bowled.
Woods was holding the innings together, but, with the score on 129, his long vigil ended at 66 (156 balls, 8 x 4s) as he fell to a catch by Nick Doman off the returning Woodman.
Fellow opening bowler, Harrison, also returned to good effect as he claimed the late scalps of Tom Fogerty, bowled for nine, and Lee Jutson, bowled for three.
Birch returned 4-38 from his 11 overs, good support coming from Harrison (2-33) and Woodman (2-35). Despite the difficult nature of the wicket, 143-8 appeared to be well below par.
The Otters made a wobbly start in reply as young seamer Tom Fogerty claimed the early wickets of openers Ed Fowler (7), caught by Jack Hatton, and Sam Loud (11), caught by Jutson, but the ship was steadied by an excellent partnership between Tennant and Exeter School student, Jack Pritchard who added 70 in 16 overs, both players applying themselves well in conditions where the ball never really came on to the bat.
After Tennant (41) became Fogerty’s third victim, courtesy of a catch by Binns, the Otters were guided to a comfortable victory with eight overs to spare by Pritchard (35 not out) and Taverner (24 not out), the former Thorverton batsman ending the contest by lofting Tom Fogerty for a straight six.
With third-placed Feniton losing to leaders Ipplepen, Ottery now hold a 41 point lead over their near neighbours with eight matches remaining and the quest for that long-awaited promotion spot is really on!
Francis Clark Devon League D Division: Bridestowe 143-8 (P Woods 66, Extras 24, S Ewen 20*, J Birch 4-38, W Harrison 2-33, M Woodman 2-35) Ottery St Mary 147-3 (S Tennant 41, J Pritchard 35*, P Taverner 24*, T Fogerty 3-48).
Ottery St Mary (19pts) bt Bridestowe (3pts) by 7wkts.
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