Ottery St Mary the victors

PUBLISHED: 13:58 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 00:00 16 June 2010

Last weekend brought a rare double defeat for Tipton at the hands of Hertfordshire tourists Old Fullerians and old adversaries Ottery St Mary.

Last weekend brought a rare double defeat for Tipton at the hands of Hertfordshire tourists Old Fullerians and old adversaries Ottery St Mary.

Skipper David Birch won the toss on Saturday and chose to field first, a decision initially justified by the swing of Alex Tubbs and Birch himself. Only one wicket fell in this first passage of play, however, thanks to a fine catch by Dave O' Higgins.

The tourists reached 68-1 at the half-way mark, before picking up the tempo at the expense of O'Higgins and Mark Channon, both of whom bowled short. Paul Williamson restored a measure of bite and control and brought him four hard-fought wickets for only 27 runs in eight overs.

Bullimore, at No 6, seized the initiative again in an aggressive 65 before he was finally bowled by Channon in the penultimate over.

By then, Old Fullerians had advanced to 209-8, their other two wickets falling to Channon and the returning Birch, thanks to a fine catch by John Williamson.

Tipton's reply, led by Kevin Jones and Dave Dawson, paired for the first time this season, put on 84 for the first wicket, against accurate bowling and tight fielding. Jones was caught for a well-made 43 but Dawson, well supported by Matt Williamson, gained in confidence and reached an excellent fifty with a four and a six, before he fell on 69, his highest total for the club. Tipton had maintained their reply at the asking rate, but now fell behind and, despite a lightning last-gasp 27 from Paul Williamson, came up 19 runs short of their target on 190-7. This would probably have been enough had it not been for some difficult dropped chances in the Fullerians' innings.

Had Tipton's batting showed the same application on Sunday, they would surely have overhauled Ottery's 162 all out.

A fine 97-run stand between Sam Bowyer-Thornton (46) and Will Harrison (43) was the difference between the two sides: Tipton's bowlers dismissed the remaining batsmen cheaply, with only Matt Dominey and skipper Paul Thurgate reaching double figures.

Channon, with 3-20, shook off the ghosts of the day before and O' Higgins and Tubbs combined in an excellent opening partnership which reduced Ottery to 19-3 from 10 overs.

Other highlights were a well taken Stephen O'Higgins slip catch off his father and two good four-over spells from 14- year-old Dylan Jessop and Dave's 13-year-old grandson Charles.

The less said about Tipton's batting the better. Eighty-six was their lowest 40-over total this season and a direct result of a tendency to hit hopefully across the line; this was very disappointing following a brisk start from Stephen O' Higgins (16), who received good support from Jem Gillham to repair the loss of two wickets in the first over of the innings.

Charles O'Higgins played sensibly and straight for 14 and Channon aimed a few well-placed blows at the end, but these consolations were not enough to offset a 76-run defeat. John Philips (3-21) and the wily Richard Lock (3-22) were the hosts' main wicket takers.

On a positive note, it was great to see several generations of players turn out for Tipton: of the 17 players on show this weekend, eight represented three families: three generations of Williamsons and O'Higgins and father and son David and Dylan Jessop are great testimony to Tipton's character as a family cricket club.

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