Whimple win well at Alphington
PUBLISHED: 10:33 13 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 13 May 2018
Whimple were handsome winners by a margin of 107 runs, when they travelled into Exeter to face Alphington in a C Division (East) game on matchday two of the new Tolchards Devon League season.
After being asked to bat first, Whimple openers Nathan Kidd and Henry Gordon-Lennox took the score to 50 before Gordon-Lennox fell for 27. Cameron Kidd then joined Nathan Kidd and they also added a half century to the total before Nathan fell for 30. In that second wicket partnership, Cameron was the main contributor, racking up an impressive 42 of the 55 runs the pair added. The second wicket fell with the total on 105, and it was soon changing again, this time to 127-3 following the loss of Devon Nightingale for 11.
The loss of the overseas player was followed, four runs later, by the end of the splendid knock from Cameron Kidd, out for 54, and it was soon 140-7 as skipper Ben Silk (2), Duncan McConachie (5) and Will Bardot (0) all made their way swiftly back to the Alphington pavilion.
Stephen Hathaway joined Matt Brown and the pair added 26 for the eighth wicket which was that of Brown, bowled having just reached double figures.
Two runs later Hathaway lost his wicket, but the final pair, Neil Maud (18) and Matt Richards (6no), added 16 to take the closing total to one of 194 all out after 42.5 overs.
The Alphington reply never got going in the face of some accurate Whimple bowling. The to of the home order made some progress with the 12 overs from opening pair Hathaway (0-28) and Maud (2-26) yielding 50 runs. Three of the top four Alphas’ batsmen reached double figures; their scores being 14, 25 and 11, but, when the first and second change bowlers came on – Matt Brown and Devon Nightingale – the end came relatively quickly! Indeed, from 68-3, Alphington collapsed to 87 all out. Five of the wickets were clean bowled and there were three catches, two held by Hathaway and one by Maud, as Brown claimed 4-17 in nine overs and Nightingale’s return was an equally impressive 4-20 from 8.2 overs.
Check out this week’s Midweek Herald for post match thoughts of Whimple skipper Ben Silk.