Feniton net derby honours with superb success at Whimple

PUBLISHED: 09:33 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 19 June 2018

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock


Feniton recorded a superb C Division East success when they made the short trip to Whimple where they ended the day as six-wicket winners.

Whimple skipper Ben Silk won the toss and opted to bat, but saw Mike Searle trapped leg before by Jack Tucker for four and fellow opener Nathan Kidd fell to a Jon Pyle catch off Matthew Davies for 12. Henry Gordon-Lennox was snapped up by an Andrew Rose catch off Jon Pyle and Will Bardot was caught by Jack Tucker, off bowler Matthew Davies, for 16,

The loss of David Culshaw, bowled Jon French for three, left half the Whimple side out and, when skipper Silk was trapped leg before by Jon Pyle and the battling knock of Cameron Kidd was ended with him one run short of a half-century, Whimple were seven wickets down. The home tail was unable to wag as Devon Nightingale was bowled by Chris Mat for two, Matt Brown was bowled by Jon Pyle without troubling the scorers and, when May again hit the stumps, this time to send back number 10 bat Stephen Hathaway for one, Whimple had been bundled out for just 115 in 39.3 overs.

Matthew Davies led the bowling honours with figures of 3-20 from nine overs and Jon Pyle’s return was 3-23 from 8.3. Chris May (2-31), Jon French (1-16) and Jack Tucker (1-10), were the other wicket-takers.

Chris May and Graham Tucker gave the run chase a solid start with May first to fall, trapped leg before by Matt Richards for 14. Mark Kingdon joined Tucker and the latter was second man out, but not before he had scored an important 26 before being bowled by Devon Nightingale. Mark Salter was caught by Nathan Kidd off the bowling of Matt Brown for five and Brown picked up a second wicket, clean bowling Alex Frankpitt for 13. However, Kingdon was still there at the other end and he was joined by teenager Jack Tucker to see Feniton over the winning line. The victory was sealed in the 37th over with Kingdon unbeaten on 40 and Tucker not-out two.

Matt Brown had the best of the Whimple bowling returns with his figures being 2-17 from four. Matt Richards (1-34) and Devon Nightingale (1-9 from nine overs with six maidens!) were the other successful Whimple bowlers.

The two skippers agreed on one thing – batting first was always going to be a problem!

Whimple skipper Ben Silk said: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I wish I had stuck them in instead of batting first.”

Feniton skipper Jon Pyle said: “When Ben [Silk] said he would bat first I was so surprised. I honestly could not believe it as it was overcast and muggy and perfect for bowling and so it proved.”

Whimple skipper Silk added: “To give credit where it is due they [Feniton] did bowl very well, but it is so frustrating that I went with the decision to bat rather than bowl and the week before I did the opposite and felt that was wrong. However, we won that one, but lost this game.”

He continued: “As well as they bowled, we did not bat too cleverly; that is, all but Cameron Kidd, who looked once again in complete control only to be caught trying to nudge the ball into a gap to get the single needed to bring up his half-century.”

Feniton skipper Jon Pyle added: “This was a big win for us. I was always looking to bowl first and when we got the nod I thought our bowlers, and particularly Matt Davies, exploited the conditions superbly. We also held all our catches, which is very pleasing, and then, in the run chase, Kinger [Mark Kingdon] batted superbly to see us to what was eventually a comfortable win.”

Looking further ahead, Pyle said: “We have a big game now against Braunton, who have a similar record to us. We certainly needed the win we got over Whimple and if we can play similar all-round cricket against Braunton you will not hear any complaints from me.”

Next up for Feniton, on Saturday (June 23), is the long trip to Braunton while Whimple are involved in another East Devon derby when they visit Kilmington.

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