Whimple win well against Budleigh thanks to Hathaway and Bardot
PUBLISHED: 16:22 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:02 21 May 2018
Whimple claimed a second successive Tolchards Devon League C Division East victory with a three wicket win over Budleigh Salterton 2nds.
In a game of twists and turns, Whimple skipper Ben Silk was left surprised at the toss of the coin when Budleigh, making a first visit to Whimple, opted to bat first.
The Whimple skipper said: “I thought that they [Budleigh] might stick us in to have a look at it, but it’s credit to our track that they felt conditions were such that batting first was the thing to do. To be fair, I think I’d have also batted first.”
He continued: “Then, to restrict them, as we did to 144-7 was a great effort on the part of the bowlers.
“At tea I was more than happy with the score and fancied a straightforward run chase – how wrong was I!”
Indeed, for the Whimple reply was in all sorts of trouble at 58-6 until Steve Hathaway – a regular number nine – joined Will Bardot and the pair saw their side to a comfortable win with three wickets – and nine full overs remaining.
Silk said: “As good a track as it looked, there was something there for the bowlers if you put it in the right places and both sets of bowlers did just that.”
For Whimple, the bowling honours went to Devon Nightingale – he sent down a full nine overs across two spells to return impressive figures of 2-18 – but they were outdone by the nine over spell from Matt Richards that saw him bowl six maidens and end with figures of 2-8 as Budleigh were left posting a score of 144-7.
The run chase saw the home side in all sorts of bother with only Cameron Kidd (20) of the top six getting any runs. However, an unbeaten 29 from Hathaway and a useful 20 from Bardot helped Whimple over the line.
On Saturday (May 26), Whimple are off to the County Ground to face Exeter 2nds and Silk cannot wait. He says: “It’s days like this coming Saturday that, for me, this all-through league is all about. I think the last time I got to play there [The County Ground] was 15 years ago in a Sunday XI game. To lead Whimple out there in a league game is a great honour and I am confident we are going there with a strong team and will give a very good account of ourselves.”