Kilmington hit top spot with triumph at Cullompton
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:00 02 August 2015
Kilmington sit proudly top of the Tolchards League C Division East after a terrific 91-run win at Cullompton.
The Mid Devon side had topped the table at stumps the week before, but the withdrawal of Cheriton Fitzpaine saw all teams that had played the Cherries lose points.
Cully skipper James Blackmore won the toss and opted to field and Kilmington laboured to 80-3 after 23 overs. Then Brett Garner took charge and batted superbly. Clearly batting for the team and not himself, he put bat to ball with real power and was cruelly denied a deserved century when out for 98.
Ian Gooding chipped in with 39 and Kilmington were able to close on 272-9.
Skipper Ralph Cook was not sure what a good score was on another sunny day at a small Landspeed Meadow ground. He said; “It was a hard one to call. We knew they were full of runs and our total was probably only par for the compact ground.”
The home side were well on their way and up with the required run rate with their Zimbabwean overseas player in charge of proceedings. However, an inspired change of bowling by the skipper paid dividends!
The excellent Ben Noble ((4-38) gave way to Josh Short and he had the overseas star caught by wicketkeeper Ian Gooding and, in the same over, sent the home skipper back to the pavilion.
Wickets then fell at regular intervals with the last one going down with Cully on 181. Short finished with four wickets for 23 runs and there was also a tremendous shift from Tom Gooding (0-18 off nine).
A delighted skipper Cook said: “It was a terrific all-round performance. Brett (Garner) served up the sort of display we know he has in his locker. He really chose this game to show his quality. He so deserved to get a ton. He got out swinging from the hip which says it all about him. There was never a thought in his mind about taking it steady to reach his century. He was going for the runs for the team.”
The three remaining games for Kilmington are Saturday’s home meeting with Honiton followed by matches against Culmstock and Tiverton.
Cook says: “Sitting top with just three to play is a healthy position to be in. It’s quite simple as to what happens from here. We need to take each game as it comes, look to win them all and then, if that’s not enough come the final day of the season then it will not be for the want of trying!”