Honiton II blow away Kilmington II lower order to claim unlikely success


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Honiton 2nds remain top of the C Division East 2nd XI table after a terrific victory over Kilmington.

Honiton batted first and openers Pete Beighton and skipper Andrew Lapping looked comfortable early on, but and inside edge onto the top the of the stumps ended the Beighton knock and lapping followed him soon after, edging to the slips, to leave the side at 20-2. The third wicket added 45 runs with Jon Hext (12) supporting Kieran Conway. It was an excellent 48 from number four bat Conway together with a knock of 23 from number six Craig Lapping, that gave rise to the hope that Honiton might post a big score.

However, once both had departed the tail was unable to deliver much more and the home side were all out for 149. It was Duane Gay who proved to be the chief destroyer for Kilmington. Gay finished with splendid figures of six wickets for 36 runs in his eight overs. He hit the stumps three times, had a brace of leg before decisions and also saw a catch held.

Corey lapping was given the new ball duties and he bowled superbly returning figures of 1-7 in his opening spell, a session with the ball that deserved a higher wicket count!

A couple of early wickets were taken, but then opener Adam Culley was joined by Jonathan Tattershall and the pair took the score to 124-2 and seemingly steaming to victory. Both batters were removed in quick succession – Tattershall first, caught by Ash Munt off the bowling of Richard Hill - but it did seem as if the pair had set up a comfortable win for their side.

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The Honiton bowlers had other ideas though and, as this Honiton eleven has shown a number of times this season with good character and also have a clear desire to not accept at any stage that they might be beaten! That philosophy paid dividends as they snapped up the final eight Kilmington wickets for just 19 runs to win the match by seven runs! Adam Culley top scored in the match with a knock of 64.

Richard Hill returned figures of 3-11 from his full nine over shift and there was success also for Andy Brinsford (2-19) and Ash Munt (2-36) as Honiton claimed a fifth win in as many outings this season.

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The victory leaves Honiton a point above Clyst Hydon whilst Kilmington sit fourth.

This Saturday (July 2), Whimple II go to Halberton and Sampford Peverell and Kilmington host Countess Wear.

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