Whimple still in promotion hunt after win at Countess Wear

Whimple at home to Btaunton. Ref mhsp 29 17TI 7487. Picture: Terry Ife

Whimple at home to Btaunton. Ref mhsp 29 17TI 7487. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Whimple powered to a six wicket win at Countess Wear.

After winning the toss, Whimple skipper Ben Silk had no doubt about asking the home side to bat first and he then was able to watch his bowlers do their work – in some style!

Neil Maud was the star of the show as he sent down a full shift of nine overs and claimed five wickets for 44 runs.

Matt Richards picked up a brace to finish with figures of 2-12 from four overs and there were figures of 1-27 from the nine overs sent down by Matt Brown.

It all meant that Countess Wear were bundled out in just 26.5 overs for 104.

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The Whimple reply was hit by the early loss of both Nathan Kidd (1) and Ben Silk (4), but just two further wickets were lost as Leigh Lorenzen struck yet another half century - the Aussie ending unbeaten ion 56 and Duncan McConachie was not out 16 when a six wicket win was sealed in the 25th over with Whimple’s reply on 106-4.

With four games to go Whimple are third in the table, 23 points adrift of leaders Cullompton.

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A title challenge remains on for Whimple, who, this Saturday (August 12), travel to Feniton who sit immediately above them in the table having banked five more points.

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