Josh makes short work of run chase as Kilmington win top-of-the-table clash with Sidmouth 2nds

PUBLISHED: 12:25 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 14 August 2018

Matt Pile bowling for Kilmington at home to Sidmouth 2nds CC. Ref mhsp 33 18TI 9756. Picture: Terry Ife

Matt Pile bowling for Kilmington at home to Sidmouth 2nds CC. Ref mhsp 33 18TI 9756. Picture: Terry Ife

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Kilmington were eight wicket winners in their Tolchards Devon League C Division East top-of-the-table clash with Sidmouth 2nds.

Kilmington batsman Josh Short launches the ball to the boundary during his unbetaen 66 in the win over Sidmouth 2nds. Picture: STEVEN WAKELEYKilmington batsman Josh Short launches the ball to the boundary during his unbetaen 66 in the win over Sidmouth 2nds. Picture: STEVEN WAKELEY

The win, in a contest reduced to 32 overs per side by the rain, means Kilmington are now in pole position to go on and end the season as the division’s top side and so play in the third tier of Devon county cricket next summer.

On a soggy Saturday that saw much of the league programme washed out, the toss was always going to be hugely important.

Kilmington skipper Brett Garner won the toss and wasted little time in asking his opposite number to send his batsmen into action.

Ollie Reed and Matthew Pile were tasked with new ball duties for the home side, but the first two wickets to fall were both run-outs as throws from Alex Rockett and Matthew Pile saw Sidmouth find themselves 54-2. No runs were added before a third wicket was claimed with first change Josh Short knocking over the stumps of Sidmouth opener Eliot Rice, who was out for 31.

Just three runs were added before Short held a catch off Tom Gooding to send back Sidmouth skipper Anthony Griffiths and half the visitors were back in the Arthur Hitchcock Memorial Playing Field changing rooms with 63 runs on the board. It was soon 69-6 and then 77-7 as a Tom Olive catch gave Short a second wicket and left him ending with the superb figures of 2-9 from seven overs before Rob Crabb struck to bag his first wicket.

The eighth wicket partnership saw 20 runs added, but was broken by a Tom Gooding catch off Tom Olive with Sidmouth then 97-8.

The final two wickets added another seven runs before a Matt Rockett caught and bowled and another Josh Short catch, to give Tom Olive a second wicket, left Sidmouth all out for 107 with the final wicket being taken off the last delivery of the 32nd and final over.

Kilmington needed only 10 overs and one ball to record an eight wicket win. It was a hard-hitting unbeaten 66 from Josh Short that saw them race to victory. Short and Tom Gooding launched the run chase, but Gooding, with just over 900 league runs so far this league season, was trapped leg before for four with Fionn Wardrop the successful Sidmouth bowler. That first wicket fell with the home score on 29, but there was one further wicket lost, that of Matthew Pile, bowled by Wardrop for 17 with the score 84-2 and the winning line was crossed soon after with Billy Reed the other not out batsman at stumps, unbeaten on a three boundary 12. Short was the start of the successful run chase, with just two of his 66 runs not being from boundary hits as he slammed seven fours and six sixes, facing just 24 deliveries!

Kilmington skipper Brett Garner said: “Obviously winning the toss was huge on the day. That said we then served up what was easily our best bowling and fielding display of the season so far. To bowl them out for 104 was a terrific all-round effort and then, in the run chase, Josh [Short] hit the ball as hard as I have seen anyone hit it. He was like a man possessed and clearly seemed intent on getting the game finished as quickly as possible.”

In terms of his side now being top with just three games to play, Garner says: “It’s our title to lose now and I’d like to think that the hunger remains for us to not let this opportunity slip. We have a tough game at Exeter, to where we shall travel on Saturday looking to win, and then round things off with Whimple away and Budleigh at home. You could make a case for us that says we could lose one of the three and still finish top, but I’d like to think we can win the last three to complete the season in style.”

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