Wright claims first senior wicket as Whimple continue to push for promotion.

PUBLISHED: 22:44 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:44 24 July 2013

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Whimple powered to yet another three-hundred plus score as they eased their way to a 72-run win at East Devon neighbours Upottery.

Henry Gordon-Lennox was the star of the show as he stroked his way to another magnificent century, finally out for 125 whilst Steve Palfrey (66) and Matt Brown (34) also enjoyed themselves on a good batting strip at Upottery.

Batting first, Whimple were able to declare on 315-9 and then they restricted the home side to 243-6 with Phil Hope claiming 3-23.

Skipper Ben Silk said: “It was not the best day for us as we did not get them all out and so pick up a full house of 22 points. We did not bowl well and our fielding was well below par. That said I cannot be too hard on the lads as we did hit 300 plus and we were up against a side clearly not looking to win the game, more a case of making sure they bagged maximum batting points! It was great to see runs from batsmen who have not been notching big scores lately and that auger’s well for the run-in as we clearly have a number of batsmen now in form.”

Whimple stay third in the table, five points behind leaders Babbacombe who thrashed Kilmington by a whopping 318 runs and they sit just one point behind second placed Whitchurch who they meet next on Saturday.

Silk says: “It’s a massive game for both sides for, with five games to play after it, who ever wins will feel they are in the box seat for the run-in. I will not need any additional motivation powers with the lads. This is what we sizzle in the summer sun for on Saturday’s, to hopefully end the season with something to show for our efforts, and, if we are to enjoy the end of this term then beating Whitchurch is a must.”

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