Whimple win final game to ensure safety

PUBLISHED: 09:25 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 07 September 2018

Whimple Cricket Club. Ref mhc 8270-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Whimple Cricket Club. Ref mhc 8270-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Whimple won their final C Division East game, beating visiting Ottery by four wickets and that result means that they will stay at the same level next year.

After winning the toss and inviting the Otters to bat. The visitors got off to something of a flyer, racing to 50 inside seven overs, but a super spell of nine overs (2-20) from Matt Brown pegged them back. It was Cameron Kidd who did the bulk of the damage, coming into the attack in the final third of the innings, he claimed figures of 4-35 and, with Devon Nightingale picking up 3-32, Ottery were bowled out for 164.

During tea Whimple learned that Braunton looked set to win their game over Clyst Hydon and, with Feniton having done well in their game at Sidmouth III it did seem as if only a win would keep Whimple up. Then, when they slipped top 90-6, they must have feared the worst! However, Will Bardot (33no) and Matt Brown (21), held their nerve to see their side to victory. Cameron Kidd (36) and Dave Culshaw (36) had scored the earlier runs for the home side.

Whimple skipper Ben Silk said: “It was a good all-round display, but not without a worry or two when we did slip to 90-6! I also felt at tea that perhaps we had let them [Ottery] get 20 or 30 more than they should have posted. That said, Will [Bardot] and Matt [Brown] batted very sensibly to help us to what ultimately was such an important win. We were well informed as to what was happening elsewhere and so were clear about what we had to do. I did not want us to slip back a level. We have worked hard to get this club to the level we now play at and we need to keep looking and moving forward.”

As for next season, Silk says: “I do think we need to recruit a couple more players to the 1st team squad to help us look to continue what I hope will go on being an upward journey.”

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