Honiton set for double delight on last day of the league campaign

PUBLISHED: 16:25 30 August 2011

Adam Holmes Bowling for Honiton CC at home against Kenn. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 7314-29-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Adam Holmes Bowling for Honiton CC at home against Kenn. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 7314-29-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Honiton sit in second place in the E Division a single point above third placed Uplyme and just four behind leaders Filleigh heading into the final day of the season..

Kev Slynn (58) and Pete Matravers (23) led Honiton to 130 as Ben Noble claimed 4-26 for Kilmington. The visitors replied with 122, falling just short of a successful run chase. Ralph Stonex and Tom Gooding both hit scores of 25 but the pivotal moment was probably a superb catch held by Tom Travis off the bowling of Adam Holmes. Phil Tansley was once again the main wicket taker, finishing with 6-32.

For Kev Kelly’s side the final day mission is to match the point’s tally of Uplyme and Lyme Regis when they go to a Babbacombe side that simply have to win the final game of the season to have any chance of staying up!

Kelly said: “It’s all set for a thrilling and nerve testing final day. We are in the box seat in as much as we know if we win and bank a full house of twenty points then it doesn’t matter what happens elsewhere, we will finish in one of the top two places.”

Honiton II go into their final game of the season on Saturday at home to Exmouth III knowing that if they bank eleven points then they will be champions and claim the one promotion place available in the D Division East 2nd XI.

Andy Brinsford hit an unbeaten 33 and Steve Rampaul chipped in with 29 in a Honiton total of 163-9. Barry Wright led by example for the hosts, the Whimple skipper taking 3-43 but the home side, Steve Palfrey apart, failed collectively with the bat and were bundled out for 88. Palfrey’s fine innings accounted for 66 of the 88 runs as Richard Hill took 4-32 and Craig Lapping picked up three wickets for a single run.

Skipper Andrew lapping said: “It’s great that we can go into the final game with our destiny very much in our own hands. It’s down to us to hold our nerve now, if we do, we’ll get our just rewards.”


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