Whimple skipper speaks about the splendid win over Ottery

PUBLISHED: 08:41 04 July 2018

A scoreboard before the start of play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A scoreboard before the start of play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Whimple are up to fourth in the C Division East table after an excellent six wicket win at home to Ottery 2nds.

Ottery batted first and were bundled out for a sorry total of 168. The home bowlers bossed proceedings with Cameron Kidd topping the returns with his 4-28 while Neil Maud finished with figures of 3-33 and Stephen Hathaway’s return was 2-22.

Just four wickets were lost in the successful run chase with David Culshaw top scoring with an unbeaten 63 and skipper Ben Silk was not out 33 when the winning line was crossed. There was also a contribution of 26 from the bat of Kevin Thompson.

Whimple skipper Ben Silk says: “It is very frustrating at the moment as I cannot seem to lose the toss! That’s a problem for me, especially at home where, with our wicket right now being so varied I never know whether we should bowl or bat. This time I opted to bowl and I got the impression that they [Ottery] were very surprised by my choice as it did look as if it was a road to bat on. But it paid off as the damage was all done with the new ball. We had them seven down for 70, but they batted well in the latter stages and would probably have thought 168 was competitive. However, we knew it wasn’t and, as long as we were able to see off the new ball we felt we’d complete a successful run chase and so it proved.”

Silk was very pleased to have got Kevin Thompson back playing, something he explained saying: “Kevin [Thompson] has been missed with his absence down to injury, but he showed with his knock from the opening slot just what he brings to us. We need that experience at the top of the order as it gives us a solid base from which to mount a run chase on.”

Whimple sit fourth at the halfway point of the league season and they are now 30 points clear of third bottom Feniton.

Silk says: “To be honest out league position could be so much better than it is. We were unlucky in the meeting with Braunton that, on the day, they had a batsmen who just hit everything that moved – and got away with it – and the we played very badly in the game against Feniton, so I am frustrated that we are not better placed than we are.”

They begin the second half of the campaign on Saturday (July 7) faced with the daunting task of trying to be the first team this season to avoid defeat at the hands of Sidmouth 2nds.

Silk says: “Going to play at Fortfield on Saturday was the talk of the bar after our win over Ottery. If we cannot raise our game playing at such a venue and on such a true surface then we’ll not be able to do it anywhere! Personally I cannot wait to play there. Yes it presents us with quite a challenge as they [Sidmouth] are a formidable side, but these are games we should all be looking to gets stuck into and enjoy.”

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