Kilmington skipper speaks about ‘that’ Tom Gooding knock in the win at Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 04 July 2018

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DAVID MARIUZ

Kilmington made it seven wins and two defeats from nine games with a 181-run win over hosts Budleigh Salterton.

Tom Gooding carried his bat from first delivery to last and was unbeaten on 184 at the close as Kilmington chalked up an imposing 331-4. The ‘best of the rest’ in the Kilmington batting effort was 61 from Matt Pile.

Budleigh were then bowled out for 150 in 39.3 overs with all six bowlers used by Kilmington claiming at least one wicket with the stand-out figures being those from Matt Pile, 2-6 from six overs, while the others with two wickets were Matt Reed (2-32), Rob Crabb (2-42) and Tom Olive (2-43). Ollie Reed and Sam Olive each got a single wicket.

Kilmington skipper Brett Garner spoke in glowing terms about the innings from Tom Gooding.

He said: “It was a superb knock. We spoke before the game about the need for somebody to dig in and hold up an end and score big and that is precisely what he did. It was a very controlled innings and, had he not got bogged down at one stage, he’d surely have got what would have been a richly deserved double ton.”

Garner continued: “The plan was for us to get in a position from where we could ‘tee-off’ over the last 10 overs and it worked out perfectly for us thanks to that Tom [Gooding] knock.”

Gooding also had high praise for the all-round contribution from Matt Pile who scored 62 and then turned his arm over for the first time following a five week absence from bowling with a side strain.

Garner said: “Matt batted very well and we wanted to see if we could get some overs out of him in terms of getting him back into bowling action and he sent down six exceptional overs and showed no reaction after his spell so that’s a huge positive for us going forward.”

Now that the league season has reached halfway, how does the Kilmington skipper see things at this stage? He says: “Seven wins and two defeats really ought to be eight and one and then we’d be nearer to Sidmouth than the 25 points that currently separate us. That’s because on matchday one and the opening game with Braunton saw us without six or seven regulars and we duly lost, but since then only Sidmouth 2nds have got the better of us.”

He continued: “Its frustrating that there’s only one promotion spot up for grabs, but we do not intend to give up on making it ours just yet.”

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