Reed hits 'flawless' ton as Kilmington close gap on table-topping Sidmouth 2nds
PUBLISHED: 19:53 29 July 2018 | UPDATED: 19:53 29 July 2018
Kilmington have closed the gap at the top of the C Division east table between leaders Sidmouth 2nds and themselves to one of just four points with five matches (100 points) remaining.
A whopping 155-run win over hosts Feniton gave Kilmington a maximum 20 points while Sidmouth were being held up by the rain at Braunton where their game was abandoned with the Fortfield men only able to bank 11 points.
Billy Reed became the latest Kilmington league centurion this season as he top scored with a terrific knock of 143 as Kilmington powered their way to an imposing 323-7 from their 45 overs. Mind you, at 88-4, a 300 plus score did not look likely, but Ian Gooding (43) joined Reed and the pair steadied the ship before late runs from Matt Rockett (24) and skipper Brett Garner (22) took them to a powerful total.
The arrival of rain during the tea break left a revised target for Feniton of 291 from 41 overs, but they came up well short, being bowled out for 192 in 34.2 overs with Ollie Reed claiming 3-25 from weight overs and fourth change Tom Gooding picking up 2-17 from 2.2 overs. The other wickets fell to Rob Crabb (2-42), Matthew Pile (1-30) and Josh Short (1-8).
Kilmington skipper Brett Garner said: “Losing the toss and batting first with rain about was a concern, but Billy’s knock was flawless. I think the first half-chance he offered up was when he was on 140! We did have an early wobble, but Ian [Gooding] batted very sensibly with Billy and then the bowlers once again delivered.”
This Saturday, Kilmington travel to third placed Alphington and Sidmouth entertain fourth placed Exeter before, the following Saturday (August 11), Kilmington host Sidmouth and what a game that promises to be if both sides match the others points hail this coming weekend.
Garner says: “We were hoping, with al the rain that was about, that Sidmouth would have been washed out without a ball bowled at Braunton and, had that happened, we’d sit top now. It was not the case, but we’ll take this situation now that sees just the four points between us. It certainly means that, if we can get a good result this coming Saturday, the home game with Sidmouth the week after will be a crucial one.”
For that trip to Alphington on Saturday, Kilmington will be without Matt Rockett, but Matt Reed returns and, with everyone else available, it means a near full-strength XI for the Kilmington skipper who says: “It will be tough at Alphington, but, given the good all-round form we are in there is no need for us to fear such a trip. They [Alphington] are a decent side, but, for our part, we need to concentrate on our game and look to keep on winning, but the Alphas are a decent side. For our part we simply have to keep on winning and hope we can finish the job and end up above Sidmouth 2nds.