Searle slams unbeaten century as Whimple march on

PUBLISHED: 15:56 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:56 04 June 2013

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Whimple’s great start to the E Division campaign continued as they bagged a four wicket win at Topsham St James.

What made the victory all the sweeter for skipper Ben Silk was that his side banked maximum points without their two regular opening batsmen and two front-line bowlers!

The hosts won the toss, the fifth time Silk has lost the flick of the coin this term, and decided to bat, something that Silk would have done had he had the option.

With the sun beating down the patched up bowling attack of Whimple went to work and bowled the Saints out for 187. Luke Whitton took the individual honours with 4-26. However, the die was cast for a difficult afternoon for the home batsmen thanks to a superb nine over spell from Phil Hope that saw him concede just ten runs!

Jono Burden bagged a brace for Whimple, who were the led to victory by an imperious unbeaten century from Mike Searle. With both openers absent Searle, the regular number three or four bat, was asked to open and did so in real style, finishing 104 not out as Whimple won with six overs to spare.

Silk said: “Given the players who were not on duty this really was an exceptional afternoon’s work. We bowled very well and then Mike (Searle) led us to a deserved and comfortable success.”

Saturday sees Whimple entertain Kentisbeare and they will have one opening bat and one opening seamer back in the ranks. Henry Gordon-Lennox returns to open whilst Jibu Varghese will be present to open the bowling.

Silk says: “With two at home with Saturday’s game followed by a visit from Kilmington before the big one at Babbacombe, this is the time for us to really stamp our authority on the division. We have done exceptionally well in making the start we have. We must not let that good work lead to a slip in standards or performance.”


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