Kilmington celebrate Whiteway Cup

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

Whiteway Cup winners Kilmington CC.

Whiteway Cup winners Kilmington CC.

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Kilmington beat Axminster in a preliminary round of the Whiteway Cup, with Tom Gooding and Roland Stonex making 50 and 47 respectively towards a total of 173 for 7 off 20 overs.

Kilmington beat Axminster in a preliminary round of the Whiteway Cup, with Tom Gooding and Roland Stonex making 50 and 47 respectively towards a total of 173 for 7 off 20 overs. An all round team effort in the second innings (two wickets each for Craig Seward, Tom Wallis, Tom Gooding and Hal Cook, and one for Dave Cook) sent Axminster packing for only 149 all out (top score Joel Seward 43).The Whiteway Cup semi-finals and the final were played at Whimple on August Bank Holiday Monday between Feniton, Whimple, Countess Wear and Kilmington, in perfect weather conditions. The groundsmen were commended for preparing the field to a playable state as, earlier in the week, it had looked unlikely that it would be possible for the matches to take place at all. Even so, the field was heavy and this was a major factor.The first semi final was an exciting match between Feniton and Kilmington. Feniton had notched up 109 for 8 from their 20 overs on a pitch which yielded little bounce and was a bowler's wicket. David Lavender took three wickets for 21 off 4 overs with the other four Kilmington bowlers taking one wicket apiece.Kilmington, after the twelfth over, were just 39 for 5. Enter Man of the Match Craig Seward, who proceeded to score 47 from the 25 balls he faced, hitting four sixes and one four. He left the field six overs later when the total was 104. Ben Noble and veteran David Lavender needed six runs to win off the last two overs. The game was won by Kilmington on the last ball of the match.The second semi-final, between the host club, Whimple and Countess Wear, was another low-scoring affair. Whimple batsmen could not lift the ball and few boundaries were scored before their total of 103 left Countess Wear thinking they had an easy job ahead. However, they could only make a total of 93 runs off 20 overs, leaving Whimple the victors.After a suitable break, Kilmington took up position to bat again, in the final against a buoyant Whimple. Once more, Tom Gooding (32) headed the Kilmington run makers with Ian Gooding (not out 28) batting through to the end of their 20 overs for a total of 108 for 9. Whimple's youngster M Searle stayed at the crease for 15 overs whilst gaining top score of 33 but, other than T Griffen (10 not out), none of the rest of the team could muster much against Kilmington's bowling. Eventually, Whimple lost out with 95 runs for 9 wickets. A delighted Ian Gooding, captain of Kilmington, accepted the Whiteway Cup on behalf of his team.


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