Whimple change bowlers have Alphington in a spin

PUBLISHED: 13:16 16 May 2018


Whimple were comprehensive 107-run winners when they travelled into Exeter to meet Alphington on matchday two of the new Tolchards Devon League C Division East season.

After being invited to bat first, Whimple skipper Ben Silk saw his openers Nathan Kidd and Henry Gordon-Lennox put on 50 for the first wicket before Gordon-Lennox fell for 27. Nathan Kidd was joined by Cameron Kidd – no relation – and the pair took the score into three figures before opener Kidd was dismissed for 30.

However, when Devon Nightingale was the third wicket to fall – he was caught for 11 with the score on 127-3 – it sparked a middle order collapse that reduced Whimple to 140-7.

Matt Brown (10) and Stephen Hathaway added 26 for the eighth wicket before both fell in quick succession, but last pair Neil Maud (18) and Matt Richard (6no) added 26 for the final wicket and, at tea, skipper Ben Silk was confident. He said: “I was disappointed with how the middle order collapsed, but the top order batters and the tailenders contributed to give us the sort of score I’d have settled for when we got stuck in on what looked a tidy track.”

Post tea, the Whimple skipper put into action his bowling ‘plan’, which was a dozen overs of seam before turning to spin, and the plan worked to perfection as first change Matt Brown claimed figures of 4-17 from nine overs and Devon Nightingale also took four wickets – his return being 4-20 from 8.2 overs.

Silk said: “The spinners did their job well. When we batted we found their spinners hard to get away. The track was solid, but the odd one kept low and our spinners bowled very well.”

On the overall game, Silk said: “We had all felt a little disappointment with the opening game against Sidmouth where we felt we did not do ourselves justice and yet here we are, two games in, with no side – apart from Sidmouth – having won two from two. That tells me everyone else in the section is going to be capable of beating the other. It also means that, when we get on top of games, we need to make it count.”

Matchday three sees Whimple entertain Budleigh 2nds and the week after they meet Exeter 2nds so, four games in, Whimple will be the only team in the section to have met all three of the 2nd XIs. Silk says: “If we are still mid-table after matchday four then I will be highly delighted.”

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