Strong away victory for Kilmington

Action from the Kilmington versus Ipplepen meeting. Picture DANIEL STEVENS

Action from the Kilmington versus Ipplepen meeting. Picture DANIEL STEVENS - Credit: Archant

A solid season for Kilmington CC enjoyed another happy afternoon, as they ran out five-wicket winners at Bideford/Littleham/Westward Ho!  
Kilmington won the toss and elected to bowls, but that decision looked slightly questionable, as the hosts made an excellent start. 
James Ford managed 20 before his bowled by Oliver Reed but the home side continued to look powerful, taking their score to 84 when Harry Johnstone claimed the wicket of Oliver Hannam (22). 
Opener Tom Brend reached his half-century before Robert Crabb claimed his crucial wicket and Johnstone kept up the momentum by dismissing Ian Hayter for two. 
A strong partnership between Jack Ford (51) and Julian Hayter (43 no) took Bideford/Littleham/Westward Ho! to a respectable total of 211/8, with Johnstone and Josh Short taking a brace of wickets. 
Facing a tough target, Kilmington were given a superb platform in the reply, as openers Tom Gooding (54) and Matt Rockett (39) managed a pivotal partnership of 70. 
Even when Rockett fell, Matthew Pile (26) came in to continue the momentum and Kilmington always looked in control of their chase. 
Josh Short (24 no) and the inspired Johnstone (34 no) took their side over the line for 19 points added to the league total.  
Kilmington are on the road again this weekend and a great chance to put pressure on the top three if they can secure another victory at bottom club Plymstock. 
While Kilmington are happily enjoying a strong campaign, it has sadly been a very different summer for Axminster Town CC, as they continue the wait for a first victory in E Division East. 
It was, however, a decent display at Throverton last weekend, as Axminster reached a respectable total of 176, with Paul Miller producing a supreme batting performance to reach 74. 
Matt Chenery (26), James Herbert (17) and Andrew Guppy (15) were the other Axminster batsmen to reach double figures. 
Axminster made a confident start in the field, with Herbert and Chenery removing the Throverton openers but a third-wicket partnership of 81 settled Throverton nerves, as they reached their target with four wickets to spare.