Kilmington went down by a margin of just 11 runs when they visited Thorverton. The home side won the toss and opted to bat first. They made their way confidently to 150-4, but the Kilmington bowlers pegged them back to eventually bowl the hosts out for 219 in 45 overs.
Matt Reed took the bowling honours for Kilmington with his splendid return of 5-39 from a full shift of nine overs, the other five wickets were shared out between five other bowlers.
In the run chase, Tom Gooding (39) and Josh Short (32) gave their side a 65 run start for the opening wicket. However, wickets then fell at a regular rate with the reply wobbling on 112-6. Once again though, Kilmington showed real fight and, just as the bowlers had battled back earlier in the game, the middle and late order took the fight to the home side with the bat Harry Johnstone (36) led the charge and there was a battling 20 from Tim Boniface while Ollie Reed got the villagers so close with his unbeaten 31, but it was not to be for, when the final ball was delivered, Kilmington were left on 208-9 and a dozen runs shy of claiming another success.
One plus, albeit in defeat, was that Kilmington did bank maximum points with five for their bowling effort and another five for their collective shift with the bat.
Skipper Brett Garner missed the game, but spoke the day after saying: “What I have learnt from the game was that it was a very close contest fought out by two well-matched teams.
“They were 120 for one down at one stage so to go on and bowl them out for 219 speaks volumes for the character of the lads, bouncing back as they did.
“Similar applies to our batting for, again, at seven down for only just over 100 left us staring down the barrel, but we to get within 11runs of their score is another huge positive to take and you cannot ask more from your team when, in defeat, you bank then maximum amount of points!”
He continued: “So, I’d say, apart from the middle order collapse, it was a good performance and something to take into the rest of the season!
“Another plus, on the day, was that ‘other’ results went our way with some of the ‘top teams’ losing.
“What is clear, now that we are through one third of the league season, is that we are in a very, very tough league and what seems to be the order of the day is to try and win the close games that, like the one at Thorverton, are ‘nip and tuck’ and then try to grind out results as often as possible.”
In other B Division games,
Chudleigh went down by two wickets in a close encounter with Bovey Tracey II. Chudleigh batted first and were bowled out for 207 in 44.4 overs. Bovey Tracey got home, but with only two wickets and 15 balls to spare. Bideford, Littleham & Westward Ho won a low scoring affair at home to Ivybridge. The home side, batting first, were bowled out for 173 in 43 overs and two balls, but then bowled Ivybridge out for 126 in 38.1 overs. Heathcoat II were too strong for Ipplepen who were bowled out for 143 in 39 overs and Heathcoat then eased home on 144-2 using up just 27.1 overs. The battle between the bottom two was abandoned when rain arrived between innings! Dartington & Totnes batted first at Plymstock where they closed their 45 overs on 188-6, but that was to be the end of the action.
The B Division table after six matches….
Bideford/Littleham/Westward Ho! II 74
Bovey Tracey II 62
Heathcoat II 60
Dartington & Totnes 36