Clyst St George, Exmouth II and Sidmouth II all win – C Div East round-up

 Clyst St George, Exmouth II and Sidmouth II all win – C Div East round-up

In C Division East there were wins for Clyst St George, Sidmouth II and Exmouth II, but it was  defeat for Ottery St Mary.

Clyst St George were engaged in a close encounter against Braunton who batted first and closed on 243-4. Harry Attwater (44), Chris Ferro (43), Andrew Donovan (23) and Dan Kendall (22) all chipped in as Clyst St George edged home with their last pair at the wicket. The 17 points that Clyst took from the game sees them sitting two points and one place behind table toppers Exeter II who beat Whimple by 50 runs. Batting first, Exeter closed on 279-5 – Ollie Whitton (2-66), the most successful of the Whimple bowlers and there was a wicket each for Will Greig and Nick Thornton. Whimple were then bowled out for 229. They had a  number of batsmen get ‘in’ but none were able to better the 41 from opener Nathan Kidd. Other contributions for the hosts came from Luke Phillips (35), Mark Porter (30), Sam Jefferson (26), Ollie Wellesley (26) and Cameron Kidd (25).

Sidmouth II were emphatic 110-run winners over visiting Sandford II. Sidmouth batted first and, led by Dan Powell (97) and Eliot Rice (65) there closed on 280-7 and then restricted Sandford to 170-8 in their reply. Miles Dalton (3-24) and Ollie Puglsey (2-25) were the most successful of the Sidmouth bowlers.

Exmouth II defeated Upottery by 53  runs. Batting first, the Maer men lost openers Mark Ashplant (0), Will Gingell (5) and number four bat Alvin Pollard (4) to be 46-3 and, when Lawrence Greenway (30), Sean Day (0) and skipper Richard Baggs (16) were also out, Exmouth were a troubled 81-6. However, Kai Higham joined Tom Bath and the pair batted their side back into a position of strength, adding 136 for the seventh wicket. Bath was out for 73, but Higham stuck around to see the team past 200 before he was the eighth man down, having scored 72. Greg Marks, with an unbeaten 22 and Ethan Brenton (14), added  late runs as Exmouth closed on 264-9 after their 45 overs. Ben Kidson, with 4-41 from a full shift of nine overs, took the Upottery bowling honours. Matt Broom, with 62 from the number three slot, top scored for the villagers who closed on 211-8.

Ottery St Mary suffered a 54 run defeat on their visit to Shobrooke Park where they bowled the home  side out for 213. Freddie Eul-Baker (3-49) and Jodie Clements (2-31) were the principle wicket takers for the Otters who were then bowled out for 159. Ottery slipped to 82-4 from which point they did not recover. Skipper Alex Clements top scored with 38 and Will Harrison hit 21.

The latest C Division East table

Exeter II                         77

Clyst St George           75

Exmouth                        74

Shobrooke Park           72

Braunton                       65

Ottery St Mary              49

Whimple                       42

Sandford II                             35

Sidmouth II                   35

Upottery                        32

Stephen Birley

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