Kilmington skipper Brett Garner was delighted with his side’s Tolchards Devon League B Division opening day win at Bovey Tracey II.
Speaking the day after the 77 run success, Garner said: “An opening day win is, of course, always very special and, indeed, important in terms of making the desired start to a new league term.
“Hand on heart, I’d have to say that I’d certainly have preferred to bowl first rather than be stuck in as was the case when I lost the toss, but the lads batted well and got us to a great total given the circumstances!”
On the Billy Reed century, Garner said: “He [Reed] batted superbly and I don’t believe he gave a chance away in his innings.
“What’s more the fact that he had not netted ahead of the game certainly shows the talent he has in his locker!
“I feel he can have a massive influence on our season, he surely will if keeps that form up between now and the end of August!”
As for the next 17 matches which will complete the 2021 Kilmington league campaign, the skipper says: “I do think that this season the league is particularly strong, but we will take each game as it comes.
“We genuinely do not fear anyone and believe in our own abilities, if we perform week in week out we can be up there and certainly amongst the top four teams in the section with good and consistent availability the key
“Availability has been the big issue in recent campaigns and I do hope this season it’s not the big talking point for us!”
The Kilmington skipper rounded things off saying: “We do have a great deal of potential in the club and I would like to think that this is the year we bring that potential to fruition. The plan is to give it a right go and compete at the top end of the table.”
The photo that supports this article is of Kilmington bowler Harry Johnson in action at Bovey Tracey. The picture was taken by MARK LOCKETT