Cricket: Ottery lose Tolchards Devon League derby game at Sidmouth 2nds

Ottery St Mary Cricket Club suffered a heavy defeat in their Tolchards Devon League East Devon derby meeting with Sidmouth at the Fortfield.

Ottery skipper Will Harrison won the toss, opted to field and saw the home side reduced to 78-3 thanks to a catch behind by teenage wicketkeeper Lawrence Greenway off the bowling of skipper Harrison.

There was then a Lawrence stumping off Sam Brook and a smart caught and bowled by Jody Clements.

However, Sidmouth 2nds are a powerful batting side and number three Max Moore was joined by number five, home skipper, Anthony Griffiths and the pair took the total to 236, adding 158 for the fourth wicket which was eventually that of Moore, out for fell for 74 from 81 balls, hitting six fours.

Griffiths remained unmoved and, when he hit the final ball of the 45th over for six, it brought up his century and saw the home side close on an impressive 267-5.

Griffiths trooped off, unbeaten on 102 from just 82 balls received and, while at the wicket, the home skipper thumped 10 fours and three sixes.

In terms of the Ottery bowling, six bowlers were used and five of them each claimed a single wicket.

The most economic of the bowlers was Jody Clements, who returned figures of 1-28 from a full shift of nine overs.

When the Ottery reply began it was hit by the worst possible start as Aussie all-rounder Ollie West was clean-bowled by a wonderful delivery from Ed Hurley – the very first delivery of the post tea session!

Alex Clements and Joe Henkus began a fightback for the Otters and took the total to 105 when Henkus fell to the spin of Charlie Dibble for 51.

Six runs later Alex Clements joined Henkus back in the Fortfield pavilion, in his case bowled by Matt Parker for 38 and from 140-3.

Ottery slipped to 165-7 as Dibble claimed three more wickets and Jordan Fowler picked up the other wicket.

From that point on it was only a matter of time and the final Ottery wicket fell to the second delivery of the 42nd over with the visitors all out for 192.

For Sidmouth, Ed Hurley claimed 2-41, but the key wicket takers were the spinning pair of Charlie Dibble, with 4-34 from nine overs and Jordan Fowler, with 3-34 from eight overs.

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