Whimple make it seven from seven

PUBLISHED: 16:06 23 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:06 23 June 2015

Henry Gordon-Lennox batting for Whimple against Honiton. Ref mhsp 8481-25-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Henry Gordon-Lennox batting for Whimple against Honiton. Ref mhsp 8481-25-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


Whimple were below their best, but then this season’s standards have been high and they were still good enough to bank a 20-point haul against Culmstock to make it seven successive D Division East victories this term.

Whimple batted first and lost skipper Henry Gordon-Lennox, caught and bowled for 37.

Ben Silk was next to go, dismissed for 26 with the score on 92. Richard Brown and Mike Searle took the total to 126 when Searle fell for a well constructed 45. Will Bardot was fifth man down, but this brought Matt Brown to the wicket to join twin Richard and the pair began to put the ball to all parts scoring at seven runs per over, adding 83 before runs for the sixth wicket before Richard fell for an excellent 50. The last few overs saw another 13 added and a couple of wickets lost as Whimple closed on 236-8.

The Culmstock reply was 84 in 33 overs. Stephen Hathaway (2-32 in nine), Matt Parker (2-29 in six), Luke Jefferson (1-15 in six), Phil Hope 2-1 in eight with six maidens!) and Matt Brown (2-7 in four), were the wicket takers.

Whimple skipper Gordon-Lennox said: “The batting was not our best. We got bogged down trying to get away the slower bowlers and there was a period when we allowed the game to drift. We then really did not bowl particularly well. I appreciate that sound sod given we bowled them out for 84, but the figures flatter due to the way Chardstock batted after the early loses. The main issue was the lines we bowled, they were too wide. So I think on balance a slightly below par performance compared to how we have been playing. However, it was still a very pleasing 20 points and I am glad it was against Chardstock where we underperformed.”

On Saturday Whimple complete the first half of the league campaign with a trip to a Cheriton Fitzpaine side that was unable to raise an eleven for last Saturday’s meeting with Kilmington.

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