A exceptional all-round bowling performance from the Ottery St Mary 2nd XI bowlers saw their side to a n emphatic eight wicket win when they hosted Bradninch II in a Tolchards Devon League E Division East game.
After winning the toss, and, following a delayed start owing to rain, a 44-overs-[per-side game was begun with Ottery skipper Dan Flower entrusting the new ball duties to teenage duo Max Mayor and Will Sheaves.
There were just 19 runs on the board when Sheaves claimed the opening wicket thanks to a catch held by Richard Jackson.
Just one run was added when Mayor produced an absolute ‘peach’ of a delivery to inflict a third ball duck on the Bradninch number three bat.
Sheaves claimed his second wicket – this one thanks to a catch held by Ashar Liyanage and that left the visiting side on 41-3.
They got to 58 when, with the final delivery of the 14th over, Eddie Kerr sent the Bradninch wicket keeper batsman back for 10.
Bradninch then made their way to 70 when, with the third delivery of the 17th over, Aaron Lovell, introduced as second change and a young man who bowled beautifully, claimed his first wicket.
That was to spark a collapse as Bradninch slipped from 70-5 to 73-9 as Kerr claimed two more wickets, Lovell bagged a second a and there was a run out thanks to a stunning ‘direct hit’ throw from the arm of Ashar Liyanage.
The final Bradninch pair did add 21 runs before they were parted – this coming thanks to a second catch held by Kerr giving a wicket to Liyanage.
Bradninch were bowled out for just 94 in 23.4 overs.
The Ottery bowling honours went to Eddie Kerr who sent down six overs and claimed three wickets for 16 runs. The ‘best of the rest’ were the 2-15 from six overs, three of which were wides, which were sent down by Aaron Lovell. Will Shreaves had a return of 2-35 from five overs – his figures spoilt by 22 runs coming from his fifth and final over. Max Mayor, who also bowled superbly with his left arm seam – the ball that took Ankit’s stumps was a ‘gem’, had figures of 1-14 from six overs with no fewer than 19 of the deliveries he sent down being ‘dot’ balls.
Ashar Liyanage sent down just the four balls for his return of 1-4.
Ottery skipper Dan Flower led what was to be a straightforward run chase, indeed, when he was second man out, by then the scores were level and, in the very next over, Liyanage sent the ball over then boundary rope for a six to seal a handsome home win.
Flower and George Mutter opened the reply and they had put on 55 when, to the fourth ball of the 16th over, Mutter was caught behind having faced 44 balls for his contribution of 18.
Flower was joined by Ashar Liyanage and they were together untiol the scores were level, putting on 39 inside six overs. Flower was trapped leg before having faced 57 balls for his 40, a knock that included four fours and a six. Liyanage was unbeaten on 32 scored from just 16 balls and the other not out batsman was Richard Jackson (0).