Whimple register wonderful win at Exeter

PUBLISHED: 12:38 29 May 2018

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock


Whimple Cricket Club recorded a remarkable match day win double as they completed a Tolchards league double over the 2nd and 3rd XIs of Premier Division outfit Exeter.

The 1st XI were in C Division East action at the County ground in Exeter where stand-in skipper David Culshaw – deputising for Ben Silk – stuck the hosts in and saw opening bowler Stephen Hathaway removed the top three batsmen, two of his wickets being caught behind by glovesman Culshaw and the other coming courtesy of an Ollie Wellesley catch.

Devon Nightingale removed batsmen four, five and six, one trapped leg before, one clean bowled and one via a Mike Searle catch. Matt Brown struck to leave the home side on 90-7 before Nightingale inspired a run out to account for the eighth Exeter wicket and the last two batsmen were both clean bowled with Cameron K8idd and Matt Richards the successful bowlers as the innings closed on 138 all out.

Nightingale (3-25 from nine overs) and Hathaway (3-33 from nine), each had three wickets and the other three to fall were down to Matt Brown (1-18 from nine), Matt Richards (1-14 from 6.2) and Cameron Kidd (1-2 from one over).

The Whimple run chase got off to the worst possible start with the loss of Nathan Kidd who did not trouble the scorers. However, Cameron Kidd came in at three to join Mike Searle and the pair added 111 for the second wicket before Searle fell for 22. Kidd was enjoying his time out in the middle at the County ground and he had reached 85 when he was finally sent back, but by then he had guided the villagers to within 13 runs of the home score and Culshaw (6) and Nightingale (7) were both not out as a famous Whimple win was recorded.

A delighted Culshaw said: “Once again our bowlers set the standard and effectively set up the victory opportunity. Neil [Maud] and Steve [Hathaway] bowled superbly in the early stages and that seemed to put them [Exeter] on the back foot. Neil bowled without any luck, but it was an important two spells he served up. Steve is in fine form this season and three wickets at the County ground is no more than he deserved.”

Culshaw continued: “Then, with the bat, young Cameron [Kidd], showed what a good eye he has as he wasted no time in punishing any poor deliveries and he raced to a half century.

“In terms of the overall performance, it was another controlled all-round show and continues our fine early season form.”

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