Kilmington skipper speaks about the big win at Cullompton

PUBLISHED: 21:44 14 May 2019

The view from the scorebox at the home of Uplyme and Lyme Regis Criucket Club. Picture STEVE BIRLEY

The view from the scorebox at the home of Uplyme and Lyme Regis Criucket Club. Picture STEVE BIRLEY


Kilmington skipper Brett Garner was delighted with his teams opening match efforts.

With Garners men missing out on the opening day - that was because they had been due to meet a Filleigh side that withdrew from the league in the fortnight before the campaign began!

It all meant a day off on match day one and so the trip to Cullompton was effectively the start of life at the highest level of cricket that Kilmington have ever played at!

So, a 170-run win over the Mid Devon side led to a very happy Garner who said: "Obviously we played there a couple seasons ago and knew their team roughly from then so playing them first was probably good for us knowing parts or a team rather than a complete unknown, being put in and a wet outfield you never know what a good score is, but we laid a good foundation by keeping wickets back to attack later in the innings."

As for how he felt at the close of his sides turn with the bat, Garner said: "I was very pleased at tea with that total especially as not many of our players had had much of a pre-season.

"I felt the track at Cully played very well. There was something in the wicket for the bowlers, but no demons or uneven bounce at all and a great track for early season."

As to how he hoped things would pan out post tea, Garner said: "We felt if we got a couple of early wickets and kept it tight then we the home side would find it hard chasing down the runs and, to be fair, I don't remember a better bowling fielding all round team performance last year so that's a good sign."

As for the challenges ahead, Garner says: "Obviously team selection is difficult with this week losing two, but we do get three, who missed the Cully game, back so hopefully we can begin to field a settled side and not change things around too much each week. Each game this year will certainly bring a different challenge and going to what are going to be a number of 'new grounds' for the majority of our young team, adds spice to the challenge, but we are looking forward to it and need to focus on playing 'our game' each week and see where it takes us."

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