Whimple skipper Silk hoping for last day salvation

PUBLISHED: 09:20 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 29 August 2018

Whimple Cricket Club. Ref mhc 8257-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Whimple Cricket Club. Ref mhc 8257-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Whimple skipper Ben Silk says he is quite relaxed about his side’s chances of not being relegated out of the C Division East table on the final day of the season.

Whimple lost their penultimate game, going down by 105 runs at table-topping Kilmington and it all means that Silk and his men head into Saturdays final game – a home meeting with Ottery St Mary – sitting fifth bottom, but just six points from the third relegation slot currently occupied by Braunton.

At Kilmington, where Silk the home side in, it was the skipper who took the bowling honours with figures of 4-23 as Kilmington were bowled out for 250.

Whimple lost three early wickets in the reply and only Devon Nightingale (32) and Silk (31) made any sort of impression as they were bowled out for 145.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Whimple host Ottery while Braunton will be at home to Clyst Hydon and Feniton, who are a point behind Whimple, must travel to a Sidmouth side that simply have to win their game to stand any chance of pipping Kilmington to the top honour.

For Silk, his teams target is straightforward. He says: “We must not lose this game. Hand on heart I am very disappointed that we have arrived at the final day facing a ‘must win’ situation to avoid having to rely on results from elsewhere. At the halfway stage of the campaign I honestly felt we had the make-up in our squad to mount a top three challenge and here we are scrapping for survival!”

Silk has a clear view of what he’ll focus on in his team talk before the start of play on Saturday. He explained saying: “I’ll ask the lads if they like the idea of a season next year that could involve games at even more Premier grounds. Exmouth and Heathcoat are set to come up and if Sidmouth stay down we’d have three top flight grounds to play on next season. The alternative is a season back in D Division East and I don’t want this club making any backward moves.”

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