Kilmington up to second after comprehensive victory at Clyst Hydon

PUBLISHED: 16:18 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 22 May 2018

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Kilmington sit second three games into the new Tolchards Devon League C Division (East) season after they chalked up a second successive win, defeating hosts Clyst Hydon by 10 wickets.

A very happy Kilmington skipper, Brett Garner said: “When they won the toss and batted I figured they were doing so as it looked a beauty of a track to bat on. I’d have batted first for sure as I reckon that’s one of the best wickets we have played on for some time! That said, on the day, our bowlers were superb. It started with the openers and another great opening spell from Ben Fuzzard who, not for the first time this season, had no luck, but what he does is he keeps it tight and that sets up the change bowlers to make hay as the opposition batsmen need to ‘get on with it’, and that is what happened at Clyst Hydon where we got early wickets and kept the pressure on.”

He continued: “Then, to have the openers see us home without losing a wicket made it the perfect day.

“I must also commend the fielding; to a man they backed up their bowlers from first delivery to last. It was all very pleasing.”

It proved to be a very comfortable afternoon for Garner who, after his opposite number won the toss and opted to bat first, saw his bowlers tear into the home side and bundle them out for 93 in just 31.3 overs!

An Ian Gooding catch off Matthew Pile began the route and 8-1 was soon 12 -2 with Pile hitting the stumps. The third home wicket rallied, adding 28 before Ollie Reed struck thanks to a Tom Olive catch and two more wickets fell before the home total reached 50 as both Ollie Reed and Tom Olive hit the stumps to see the hosts with half their side back in the pavilion for the grand total of 49 runs.

The sixth wicket almost doubled the home score, but was taken with the total on 80 thanks to another Olive ball that got through the batsman’s defence and two more quick wickets were taken before the score board could show 90 runs following a run out and another direct delivery from Olive. The final two wickets could not muster many more runs as Olive trapped the penultimate batsman leg before and a Robert Crabb catch ended the innings with Clyst Hydon on 93.

Second change Tom Olive took the bowling honours with splendid figures of 5-23 from 8.3 overs and there were two wicket hauls for both Ollie Reed (2-17 from five overs) and Matthew Pile (2-14 from six overs).

Kilmington openers Tom Gooding and Billy Reed matched each other run for run in a run chase that became a ‘stroll’ in the afternoon sun. The win was confirmed off the final delivery of the 17th over with Gooding unbeaten on 42 and Reed not out 41.

On Saturday, Kilmington host an East Devon derby with a visit from a Feniton side that have lost two of their first three games this season.

Garner says: “We always have great games with them [Feniton] and there are usually lots of runs in the meetings and if the weather stays fair we may well have another road to bat on! I expect them to come to us looking to be positive. For our part, availability is now the buzz word. If we can continue to field a regular side and perform as we did at Clyst Hydon where the bowlers bowled well, the fielders supported superbly, and the opening bats took us home – then we will be more than OK.”

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