Kilmington reach for record books

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

P0314-20-08SH Upottery bowler Mike Kellow in action at Woodbury on Saturday.
Picture by SIMON HORN.

P0314-20-08SH Upottery bowler Mike Kellow in action at Woodbury on Saturday. Picture by SIMON HORN.

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Axminster have certainly hit the ground running this season and their 99 run win at Cockington sent them to the top of the fledgling A Division table and with two games gone, they have claimed 39 points of the 40 possible so far, writes Steve Birley.

Axminster have certainly hit the ground running this season and their 99 run win at Cockington sent them to the top of the fledgling A Division table and with two games gone, they have claimed 39 points of the 40 possible so far. Mind you it took a lot of bowling changes for Axminster to finally 'winkle' out the home side as skipper Danny Larcombe explained: "They were determined to try and see the game out for a draw and we had to use nine different bowlers but it paid off in the end."The skipper's brother Gary hit the sides top score with 68 and he got excellent support from Raul East (62) and Paul Miller (46) as the side made a competent 238-6. The home side made a decent start but once they lost their third wicket they seemed to adopt 'safety first' tactics and so Larcombe began to switch his bowlers at regular intervals. David Murnane, with his leg spin, was the first to be deployed and he sent down one rank long hop which was thumped by the home batsman straight down the throat of Gary Larcombe in the covers, then Robbie Prior occasional 'in duckers' got one to move and the skipper held a smart catch behind and proceedings were wrapped up by top order batsman Miller who's 'drifters' drew an inside edge off the last man at the crease and again skipper Larcombe held the catch behind for the home side to be finally all out for 139. Gary Larcombe completed a fine afternoons work with three wickets to add to his earlier runs at the top of the order and there were also two wickets for Nick Taylor.It's a visit from Heathcoat this coming Saturday and Larcombe wants 'more of the same' saying: "We need to look to take advantage of this decent start and if we can find a good level of consistency the we will be able to enjoy this season. Heathcoat are a side we know a lot about and they generally have some real quality in their ranks, it should be a great game."Seaton didn't enjoy their first meeting with Tiverton and Bickleigh for a Devon League game, they were bowled out a paltry 73, this after their own bowlers had got the visiting side all out for just 92. Ben Morgan took a hat-trick to return figures of 3-12 whilst both Pete Lawson and Ben Copp also took three wickets each but the ball bossed the bat all afternoon and the away side's attack made sure they claimed a 19 run win with only the home skipper Mike Wheeler really troubling the scores, Wheeler was responsible for 26 of the 62 runs his side got with the bat. The Seaton skipper said: "a single word sums this particular game up, poor, we batted badly and I have to say that as a skipper I would wish to state that I can accept that players can, and do, make mistakes, but what I really want to see is that players who make mistakes learn from them and we do not see repeat performances. "We simply have to learn from this abject display with the bat and show willing to improve next time out."That next game sees Seaton travel to Babbacombe who like most sides in this, have already lost one game.Kilmington produced a stunning session with the ball to bundle visitors Babbacombe back into the pavilion for just 39, this only 9 runs more than the lowest C Division total ever recorded! The Cook brothers combined to return 'family figures' of 7-18. Ralph Cook, who bagged a wicket with his first delivery after coming on as 'first change', led the way with a magnificent 'fivefer', his 5-10, his brother's 2-8 and Maurice Bevis with 2-6 had the home faithful reaching for the record books. Then Roland Stonex ensured a faultless victory with a rapid fire five-boundary unbeaten 32 to wrap up a super win leaving a delighted skipper Ian Gooding to say: "They actually got a solid enough start but once Maurice made the breakthrough in the fourth over wickets fell at regular intervals. Ralph (Cook) bowled superbly and, for the first time in a while, with Maurice and Ben (Noble) operating in strike tandem at the start of an innings we have real strength to follow with the Cook brothers." A further boost for the side was the debut appearance of Tristan Wakeley and although he only got an over at the end of the Babbacombe innings he did make an instant impression with a wicket from his very first ball in the club's colours.On Saturday Kilmington travel to Tiverton and Gooding said: "We know a lot about them and they know similar of us. Historically games with them are very exciting affairs and with both sides winning well last time out I am sure this meeting will be just as interesting."Feniton were beaten for the second time in two outings with a 16-run defeat at Clyst Hydon where they restricted the home side to what was very much a 'par total' on their compact and pleasant ground but 223-3 was sufficient to bank the win for the home side as Feniton lost early wickets again and despite a valiant effort from the middle and late order the visitors fell short by 16 runs. Skipper Mark Kingdom said: "No doubt it was a good toss to win, I'd certainly have batted first but I am disappointed because at the final tally we have got close enough to have won the game and indeed we would have won had one or two of the top order been able to stick around a little longer."It was another poor start that was to prove crucial in the Feniton effort as their first four batsmen, including the skipper were back in the pavilion with just 40 runs on the board. Kingdom said: "The lads proved we have depth in the side, now we need to apply batting discipline at the top of the order."It's a trip to Ivybridge on Saturday and Kingdom is looking for his side to change their early season fortunes: "I am hoping that a case of '3rd time lucky' applies at Ivybridge and hopefully we will perform as a unit and get the result we need to kick start the campaign."Uplyme & Lyme Regis were well beaten at home by Ipplepen. Skipper Ashley Caddy said: "We bowled and fielded fine, no complaints there but the batting was well below the par and against sides like Ipplepen if you don't bat well you will be beaten and that is precisely what happened to us."Caddy led by example with a couple of wickets, finishing with figures of 2-38, Phil Norris also bagged a brace and Steve Batey bowled much better than figures of 1-49 suggest. Facing a total of 207-7 only the skipper and Ben Whittington made any impression with the bat. Caddy top scored with 40 and Whittington chipped in with 30 but four ducks did not help as Phil Norris, Adam Caddy, Neil Price and 'BJ' Rattenbury all made the quick turnaround from crease to pavilion without troubling the scorers and the home reply closed on 115.On Saturday Uplyme travel to Mid Devon to meet Thorverton.Whimple picked up nine points from a losing draw at home to a Hatherleigh side who scored 256-5. John Burden was the most successful bowler with 2-55 but his batsmen made a very good fist of the reply closing on 214-7 led by Chris Palfrey (64), Mike Searle (48), Ben Silk (27) and Kevin Thompson (23). Palfrey's fine knock saw him hit half a dozen sixes. On Saturday, Whimple host early leaders Bridestowe.Ottery St Mary were only beaten in the final over as visitors Lewdown completed a well-timed reply to the home side's decent enough 246 in which Sam Tennant top scored with 65. The North Devon side lost just three wickets in the run chase, successfully concluded three balls from the end of the day's play. Ottery are one of just two sides in the D Division to have a played two lost two record, on Saturday they travel to Dartington who sit one place and seven points above them in the early season table.Honiton's opening game the previous week at Woodland Fort had fallen foul of a waterlogged outfield in Plymouth; no such problems at Mountbatten Park but the home side could not launch their E Division campaign with a win as they fell to a 52 run defeat. Andy Brinsford bowled superbly to return figures of 4-40 in 13 overs and another four wicket man was Phil Tansley (4-47). Andy Canniford (37) and Tansley (31) got the reply off to a great start but once skipper Pete Matravers (26) had departed with the score on 89 the innings fell away. Matravers said: "We bowled well and fielded well, and got off to a decent reply but the key to this game was their third change bowler who changed the course of the game with a super spell."On Saturday, Honiton go to Whitchurch where they face one of the sections three sides to have won both opening games to date.Woodbury couldn't repeat their opening day win as they fell by two wickets at Whitchurch. Tim Greenslade (33) was the main run getter in a total of 119 but that meagre offering so nearly won the game for James Kavanagh's side as James Taylor and Mark Davies both claimed three wicket hauls to leave the home side battling to claim the win, something they achieved with just two wickets to spare.

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