Kilmington keeping pressure on A Division leaders
By Philip Evans
5th Jul 2023 | Cricket
Kilmington kept in touch with the Devon Cricket League A Division leaders with a narrow victory away to Plymouth 1st X1.
Plymouth won the toss and put Kilmington into bat. With the exception of Josh Cann (71) and Sam Cuconits (58), they struggled against the bowling of Sam Stein, who took six wickets for the loss of 45 runs in ten overs, but set a target of 223 to chase.
In reply, Plymouth fell just ten runs short with two wickets standing with Oliver Reed (2 for 39) and Joel Seward (2 for 44) sharing the bowling honours.
This victory keeps Kilmington in fourth place in the table with 125 points, the same as Hatherleigh the side above them. Exeter lead the table with 148 points with Torquay in second place (129 points).
Plymouth 1st X1 8 points; Kilmington 1st 18 points.
Having loss the toss Seaton were put into bat at home to Chudleigh 1st X1 but were bowled out for 108 in 43 overs.
Seaton struggled for runs from the opening ball with only three batters reaching double figures – Matthew Hewer (20), Jack Former (13) and Damien Baxter (12).
Chudleigh knocked off the required runs for maximum points in 19 overs with seven wickets still standing.
Having lost five of their of nine games, Seaton see themselves facing relegation again in second from bottom place, having dropped down to the B Division after last season.
Seaton 1st 3 points; Chudleigh 1st X1 20 points.
C DIVISION EAST
Uplyme and Lyme Regis missed out of moving into second place in the Devon Cricket League C Division East by just five runs.
Uplyme were at home to second placed Braunton and victory was imperative to replace them as the main challenger to top side Teignmouth and Sheldon.
Uplyme won the toss and decided to field. The visitors set a target of 189 with eight wickets down when the last ball of their 45 overs was bowled. Opener Sam Bithell (73) was their best batter, hitting 12 fours along the way.
The Uplyme attack toiled hard to deliver the points required with their best figures (2 for 42) coming from Preston Hills
In reply Uplyme started steadily enough but none of the batters were in tip-top form with opener Alfie Jacques top scoring on 42, followed by Andrew Harrison (30). In the end they fell just five runs short as they totalled 185 with two wickets standing.
Uplyme stay in third place, now 17 points behind Braunton so maximum points are required this coming Saturday when Uplyme travel to Heathcote (Tiverton) who are in fifth place.
Uplyme and Lyme Regis 8 points; Braunton 1st X1 18 points.
E DIVISION EAST
Chardstock moved into third place in the table with a 7-9 run victory at home to Woodbury and Newton St Cyres.
Highlight of the game was another brilliant century from Chardstock skipper Robbie Hutchings who carried his bat for 14, including 14 fours and 11 sixes.
Openers Gary Larcombe (59) and Nathaniel Giles-Jones (52) also batted well in Chardstock's total of 322-6.
Woodbury replied with 243-8 with Nathan Copp taking the bowling honours, finishing with figures of 3 for 37 off seven overs.
Chardstock 19 points; Woodbury and Newton St Cyres 8 points.
F DIVISION EAST
Kilmington 2nds missed an opportunity to move into the top three when they were beaten at home by seven wickets by North Devon 2nd X1.
Kilmington were put into bat after losing the toss and set a target of 200 runs with eight players back in the dressing room. In response North Devon got off to a good start with openers Tom Carter (78) and John Arthur (70 not out). They reached their winning score of 201 with only three wickets lost in 35 overs.
Kilmington 2nd X1 6 points; North Devon 3rd X1 19 points.
G DIVISION EAST
A 129-run away victory over Woodbury and Newton St Cyres 2nd X1 saw Seaton 2nd X1 moved into third place in the table.
Having won the toss, Seaton chose to bat, setting a target of 251-7 in the 40 overs. They had a good start with 173 runs on the board for the loss of three wickets with the high order all scoring freely – Toby Ticker (62), John Oldfield (55) and Tristan Wakeley (40).
In reply, Woodbury struggled from the off and were bowled out for 122 in 38 overs. Top wicket-taker was James Jemani who took four wickets at. Cost of only 11 runs.
Woodbury and Newton St Cyres 2nd X1 6 points; Seaton 2d X1 20 points.