Whimple’s top spot is perfect timing

PUBLISHED: 20:56 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 20:56 30 July 2013

Whimple have hit top spot in the E Division after a rain hit meeting with promotion rivals Whitchurch on Saturday.

The weather arguably came to Whitchurch’s rescue for they were in all sorts of bother, six wickets down with just 40 runs on the board, facing the Whimple total of 246-6 when the rain finally forced the teams off for the last time.

Earlier Henry Gordon-Lennox top scored with a splendid 66 and there were knocks of 35 from both Richard Brown and Matt Brown.

After tea the second innings began in very light drizzle and home bowler Chris Palfrey made the most of the conditions to cause the Whitchurch batsmen all sorts of problems. He claimed four wickets for 23 runs when the visitors were put out of their misery and headed for the dry pavilion to lick their wounds having been outplayed in all departments by the home side.

Whimple skipper Ben Silk said: “We were ruthless and dominated them from the opening exchanges. They seemed to look to defend from the third over to try and stop the flow of runs, but I was very happy with the 246 at tea. I do think we are hard done by coming out of a game we have dominated and yet only get four more points than them (Whitchurch), but that’s the rules.”

Whimple now sit four points clear of Whitchurch who had beaten previous leaders Babbacombe the week before.

It is now a three-team race for the title and the second promotion berth.

With five games to go Whimple appear to have hit top spot at the perfect time.

Silk says: “It’s great to be top now and rather than regard that as an albatross round our necks we are happy to have the tag. It gives us a great chance of seeing the season through to a successful end”.

On Saturday it’s the in-form Topsham St James at home.

Silk says: “It’ll be tough, but we have worked hard to get top spot and want to keep hold of it.”

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