Whimple win big promotion game with Cullompton
PUBLISHED: 05:50 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 05:50 12 August 2015
Whimple remain in the promotion race to climb out of the Tolchards Devon league D Division East after they won the top-of-the-table clash with Cullompton.
Whimple batted first and, led by another superb innings from skipper Henry Gordon-Lennox, who hit 91, were able to close on what looked a good score of 210-9.
The visitors, complete with Zimbabwean overseas player, have chased down larger totals than that this season, but not so on this occasion as they came up against a disciplined home bowling attack that sent all ten batsman back for the sum total of 161 runs to leave Whimple winners by 49 runs.
What’s more the victory gave Whimple a maximum 20 points whilst Cully were only able to bank seven.
That gave Whimple a crucial 20 point lead over Cullompton who sit third in the table, one place below the Gordon-Lennox men. However, the Mid Devon side have one more game to play – they have three remaining whilst Whimple, and leaders Kilmington who sit six points ahead of them – have just two to play.
Those remaining games are: This coming Saturday (August 15); Whimple away at Honiton, Cully home to Halberton and Kilmington home to Culmstock. On Saturday, August 22 Whimple for to Chardstock and Cullompton visit Upottery whilst Kilmington must sit the day out as they were set to play a Cheriton Fitzpaine side that withdrew fro the league in July.
The final match day of the season on Saturday, August 29, when Whimple must sit things out leaving Kilmington to host Tiverton and Cully to take on Chardstock.
At stake is one confirmed promotion place which will go to the team who finishes top and then the second placed team will face a September 5 play-off against then runners-up in the D Division (West) and this looks likely to be one from three teams; Chelston and Kingskerswell, Clyst St George or Kenn.