Kilmington skipper targets further progress as team play at highest level to date

PUBLISHED: 08:11 03 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:11 03 May 2019

Kilmington cricketer Tom Gooding receives the Tolchards Devon Cricket League Player of the Year award from league chairman Nick Rogers. Picture DEVON CRICKET LEAGUE

Kilmington cricketer Tom Gooding receives the Tolchards Devon Cricket League Player of the Year award from league chairman Nick Rogers. Picture DEVON CRICKET LEAGUE

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Kilmington are preparing for life at the highest level of cricket they have ever faced following their C Division East title-winning season last year.

Kilmington 1st XI Tolchards Devon League B Division fixtures in 2019. Picture ARCHANTKilmington 1st XI Tolchards Devon League B Division fixtures in 2019. Picture ARCHANT

The key player last year was, of course, Tom Gooding, who scored 968 league runs at an average of 74.46 and also took 23 wickets – bettered only by Ollie Reed with his 31 wickets.

Both will be in action this season and skipper Brett Garner is relishing the challenge and says: “We are going into this higher level with our eyes wide open and accepting it's going to be tough. But, that said, we are not going up to simply make up the numbers. No, we'll look to compete and try to get as high up the division as we can. I cannot really set goals as it's very much unchartered waters for us as a club, but we'll be looking to be positive from the word go.”

As for ins and outs, Garner says: “We are losing the regular services of Matthew Pyle, who has moved away, but we are hopeful that, in similar fashion to the long distance travelling that Ian Gooding did last year – and will do again this season – we may see Matthew more often than not, albeit only for Saturday match days.”

In terms of incomings, Garner says: “We have not signed anyone new, but I gather that both Ben and Dan Fuzzard will have much more regular availability this season, which is terrific news. We have also signed young Joe Elsworth, a talented young wicket keeper-batsman who will predominantly be with the 2nd XI unless, of course, performances merit promotion or senior players are struggling for form etc.”

Kilmington 2nds Tolchards League fixtures 2019.Kilmington 2nds Tolchards League fixtures 2019.

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