Garner leads Kilmington to victory over Ottery St Mary

PUBLISHED: 14:16 16 May 2018

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Kilmington skipper Brett Garner was delighted with his team’s all-round performance as they secured a convincing 100-run win at home to Ottery St Mary in a C Division (East) meeting.

After losing the toss, Garner was relieved that his opposite number asked him to bat first and they promptly produced a fine all-round effort with the bat, posting a commanding 272-9.

The skipper, who top scored with 82, said: “It was pleasing that everybody seemed to chip in. I was delighted to be asked to bat as chasing is not for us! We paced our innings well to allow for some heave-ho cricket in the closing overs.”

He continued: “We did say at tea that it was half a job done well and that if we could not defend that sort of score then we’d not deserve to win it!”

As it happened, the Kilmington score was more than enough for they bundled Ottery out for 172 in just 26.2 overs. Matthew Pile (3-33 from 5.2 overs), Rob Crabb (3-28 from five overs) and Ollie Reed (3-6 from three overs), bagged the bulk of the wickets with Ben Fuzzard (1-52 from seven) claiming the other.

Garner said: “We were confident at tea with our score and then we bowled well. If I was being picky I’d say we gave them too many runs early on, but we did set attacking fields with the score we had posted. I am pleased that this shows what we can do with a full strength side. We still have a couple to come in, but there were four this week who had missed the opening game and I remain confident that we will be more than competitive in the division this season.”

He continued: “We sit second after two games having lost one and won one and what that suggests to me is that everyone is capable of beating everyone else in the divisions this year and that makes for exciting – and interesting – cricket. Hopefully we will maintain good availability and keep delivering results.”

On Saturday (May 19) Kilmington are at Clyst Hydon for match day three. Ian Gooding, who is Sussex based and drove down for the Ottery game, has said he’ll be back for the Clyst Hydon game.

Garner says: “Ian [Gooding] has a presence and seems to get us going when he is with us, so his presence again will be a big plus. We’ll be going there looking to play more positive cricket.”

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