Top three score half centuries as Kilmington defeat Exeter 2nds

PUBLISHED: 16:06 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:06 20 June 2018

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Kilmington claimed a major scalp as they defeated visiting Exeter 2nds by four wickets in a C Division East game.

Home skipper Brett Garner won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first and a brace of early wickets for Tom Olive, helped out by catches from Matt Rockett and Tom Gooding, plus a double strike from Josh Short, again aided by catches from skipper Garner and a second for Gooding, left Exeter on 75-4. Number three bat Tom Richardson was still there and 55 runs were added for the fifth wicket before Robert Crabb hit the stumps to leave Exeter 130-5. The sixth wicket added 56 run, but was ended by Tom Gooding courtesy of another Matt Rockett catch and when Josh Short showed safe hands to give Gooding a second wicket in quick succession it meant that Exeter closed on 211-7 with Richardson unbeaten on 118.

Garner called on seven bowlers and five of them shared the wicket-taking, with Tom Gooding (2-46), Tom Olive (2-22) and Josh Short (2-37) all bagging braces while the single wicket fell to Rob Crabb (1-27).

The Kilmington run chase got the perfect start with Tom Gooding (55) and Matt Rockett (56) putting on 102 for the opening wicket. When Rockett fell, Matt Pile took over and he also registered a half century. Indeed, Pile was still there when a four wicket win was confirmed in the 33rd over. Glenn Harding, batting at number six, chipped in with 14. The others to be out for Kilmington were Josh Short (2), Brett Garner (0) and Rob Crabb (9).

Post match Kilmington skipper Brett Garner said: “It was good to see Matt Rockett back in the runs. He has been struggling of late, but that was the real Matt today.”

Garner continued: “It was a good toss to win and our game plan, on winning the toss, was to contain/restrict them [Exeter] and then, on a good track in drying conditions and a fast outfield, make sure we were able to complete a successful chase and that is exactly how it all unravelled. Given we were 100-1 after 11 overs in the chase I’d have been happier if we had won for two or three down, but you cannot have everything and I have to be pleased to have won against a good Premier Club 2nd XI.”

Kilmington are third in the table and with all-conquering Sidmouth inflicting a second defeat of the season on second-placed Ottery St Mary, the gap between the Otters and Kilmington is now just three points.

On Saturday (June 23) Kilmington entertain Whimple. The Kilmington skipper says: “We ought to be at full strength which then presents a problem in terms of who to leave out, but I’d rather it that way. Whimple are a team we need to respect, but certainly not fear and I’d like to think that, with us being at home, we will again be able to dictate the course of the game as we did against Exeter.”

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