Kilmington set new league best in win over Clyst Hydon

PUBLISHED: 08:47 26 July 2018

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Kilmington remain on the heels of C Division East leaders Sidmouth II after beating visiting Clyst Hydon by a margin of 238 runs after racking up a huge 460-9 in their home meeting with the Mid Devon-based side that become the firs team to defeat Sidmouth II just seven days before.

What’s more, the villagers have set a new Devon League best with that score that saw them just 40 runs shy of posting a 500 score!

Opener Josh Short top scored for Kilmington with 132 – from just 67 deliveries! There was also yet another fine knock from Tom Gooding, who scored 93 to take his run scoring to 729 for the season and he is currently averaging that same score he got against Clyst Hydon – 93!

Clyst Hydon replied with 224-9 and the win leaves Kilmington sitting second, 13 points behind Sidmouth and both sides have six games to play – and will play each other when they meet at Kilmington on August 11.

Kilmington skipper Brett Garner said after the game: “It was brutal stuff from Josh [Short]. When he was really motoring there was talk of possibly reaching 500 which would have been stupendous. That said, we have to be happy that this current eleven have now chalked up a record score for the Alfred Hitchcock Memorial Ground – certainly some of the old timers who take in our games say they’d not seen anything like it!”

As for the Tom Gooding form, Garner says: “He’s now up into the 700s and he did not play last week! With six to play, if he can play in them all I am sure he will reach 1,000 league runs for the season and that really would be some achievement.”

Kilmington are second in the C Division East table, 13 points adrift of leaders Sidmouth and the sides meet next month at Kilmington.

Garner says: “All we can do is keep winning our games and then hope that we can really apply some pressure when they [Sidmouth II] come to us on August 11.”

This Saturday (July 28), Kilmington travel across East Devon to fac e a Feniton side sitting third bottom and in real danger of dropping down a division.

Garner says: “We always have close encounters with Feniton and I don’t doubt this coming game will be no different. That said, our availability for at least five of the last six weeks of the season looks very good so we can go there with plenty of confidence and look to keep the pressure up on Sidmouth.”

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