Kilmington win final game against Budleigh Salterton to seal title success

PUBLISHED: 23:09 03 September 2018

A view from a cricket scorebox

A view from a cricket scorebox

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Kilmington were duly crowned champions of the Tolchards Devon League C Division East after they defeated visiting Budleigh by seven wickets and they will now step up to play in the third tier of the Devon League for the first time next summer.

After putting Budleigh into bat, Kilmington skipper Brett Garner saw his bowlers combine to great effect to bowl them out for just 156.

Rob Crabb led the bowling honours with figures of 4-25 and there were two wickets for both Matt Reed (2-21) and Josh Short (2-48). Fittingly it was skipper Garner who played the lead role with the bat in the successful run chase as he top scored with 56 while other contributions came from Matt Pile (39no0), Tom Gooding (24) and Josh Short (23) with Kilmington racing to victory using up just 22.5 of the 45 overs they had to complete their task.

Kilmington skipper Garner said: “I am so pleased that we have completed such a successful season, and ended it on a high. As for the season as a whole, the biggest factor in our title success has to be the batting. We have been so consistent with the bat fro match day one. “

He continued: “If there’s an element of disappointment then it is only the fact that Tom [Gooding] could not get over the line in terms of him scoring 1,000 runs. That said he is open to calls of ‘bottling it;’ as he was so close with four knocks to go, but ended up just short!

“That said, on a more serious note, Tom has been a key part of our batting effort and I am looking forward to seeking him at the next level.”

So, will Garner be in charge when Kilmington take to the pitch in eight months time? He says: “I’d love to be in charge as we face a new challenge, but it will all depend on the annual general meeting. I honestly feel that our 1st choice 14 are all good enough to continue the journey with this team and, if we can keep them all together I see no reason why we cannot be at the business end of the division above in 12 months time.”

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