TAVISTOCK are up to fourth in the B Division table after the defeated Ottery St Mary by 81 runs at the Ring.

James White (37) and Aaron Churchill (32) started the batting effort that led to a total of 182 for nine in 45 overs.

Dylan Aucamp and Rob Bone then took three wickets each as Ottery were dismissed for 101.

Victory takes Tavistock past Abbotskerswell and Barton, who lost to Thorverton and Ipplepen respectively.

Tavvy are now just six points behind Bideford, who are second behind early front runners Ipplepen.

Shaun Daymond, the Tavistock captain, said he had a good feeling about the game once his side had batted.

“Perhaps we could have made a few more, but 180 was a good score on that wicket,” said Daymond.

“James White and Aaron Churchill’s stand off 55 put us in a strong position and we stuck at it when the going got tough.

“Rob Bone (21) and Shaun Cleave (13) batted well to get us out of a spot after we went from 108 for four to 129 for seven.

“We knew Ottery were not that strong in their batting and it was a case of doing a job with the ball.

“They didn’t have any meaningful stands and with wicket falling regularly it was only going to end one way.”

Tavistock ran into problems against Jody Clements (2-29), and Tom Jeacock (2-17) after their promising start and were 129 for seven after losing Aucamp (24) and Rob Milligan in quick succession.

Bone and Cleve put on 38 for the eighth wicket, which made the target a bit too challenging for Ottery.

Pacemen Aucamp (3-32) and James McGahey (2-11) had Ottery reeling at 30 for five and there was little Rob Johns (26), Rob Crabb (15) or Joe Birch (17) could do other than raise spirits.

Bone (3-29) and Charlie Barriball (2-23) mowed through the lower order.

Ottery skipper Harrison said the side are struggling in the batting department at the moment.

He added: “An injury to Billy Reed, and Ollie Reed leaving for Kilmington, compounded some availability issues.”

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