Whimple looking strong for the season ahead after another big victory

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Whimple sit second in the E Division thanks to an 88-run home win in a derby match with Upottery.

Kevin Thompson led the batting honours, top scoring with 77 and there was another impressive half century from the cultured bat of Henry Gordon-Lennox (52) as well as contributions from Paul Gillard (43) and Steve Palfrey, the latter cracking a splendid half century in an imposing home total of 278-7.

That proved beyond the visitors who closed on 190-9 with Mark Joyce (37), Sean Kennard (33) and Gary Kennard (31) the only major contributors.

Steve Hathaway bowled superbly with the new ball and Luke Whitton also delivered the goods as the opening pair put the blocks on the Upottery batsmen! Jibu Varghese continued his fine start to life at Whimple with 4-28 and Phil Hope picked up three wickets for 45 as Upottery closed on 190-9.

Whimple skipper Ben Silk said: “That was a very pleasing all-round show. What I really enjoyed was the way we approached the contest after being stuck in. It would have been very easy for batsmen to get over concerned about the damp conditions and look for excuses. However, there was none of that and everybody applied themselves superbly.”

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Whimple II went down by seven wickets at Upottery II. Alex Evans (56) and Matt Brown (53 not out) led them to a respectable 195-9. However, that was not enough to force victory as Upottery got home with just three wickets down.

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