Whimple thrash Kenn as promotion bid hots up

PUBLISHED: 09:13 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:13 17 July 2013

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Whimple powered to their eighth E Division win of the season with a massive 164-run win at home to Kenn.

Kev Thompson hit an imperious unbeaten 116, carrying his bat from first delivery to last as Whimple rattled up a whopping 307-4.

Chris Palfrey continued his great form and followed up with him previous weeks fine knock in his first game back since a spell at Feniton with an innings of 91 hitting 14 fours and blasting four 6s and Matt Brown chipped in with a hard hitting 36, all hit inside the last five overs.

Kenn then had no answer to the Whimple fire power as Phil Hope whipped out six of the visiting batsmen for just 29 runs as the reply floundered with the final wicket falling on 143.

Whimple skipper Ben Silk said: “I had wanted to declare to try for the extra two points but we were only on 247 and I felt that with it clearly being such a good surface to bat on we’d forgo the extra points to make sure we posted a match winning total. Results elsewhere have set things up nicely and, for me, the target now is dead straight forward. All we have to do is win our last seven games and we will go up as champions and that’s something I am very keen to happen!”

A third defeat for leaders Babbacombe, beaten by 54-runs by Whitchurch means that Whimple are now one of three teams to all have lost just three times this season and sit in the top three berths.

Babbacombe stay top with 183 points, Whitchurch are second on 179 and Whimple sit third on 178.

On Saturday Whimple travel to second bottom Upottery.

Silk says: “Given that we play Whitchurch the week after this one at Upottery is a must-win encounter for us. I appreciate it will not be an easy fixture and they (Upottery) will be buoyed by their win over Yarcombe. However, we have a job to do to reach that target I have set and I expect us to go to Upottery and do the business.”

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