After the morning rain, it was pleasing to see a well prepared hard wicket at Kilmington for the top of the table clash between the hosts and our promotion chasing 3rd's. Once again Skipper Vince Reddick lost the toss and Steve Morris had no hesitation in asking the us to bat. We had a very strong top four (on paper), and after 12 runs were scored in the four balls, Paul Jordan was asking when I would declare! It migh have looked good on paper, but our top four were reduced to 16 for 4 with Fradge scoring 12 and C Seward taking 3 wickets in his first two overs. We were in trouble, but still had depth to the batting. Enter the two Exeter hero’s of the hour. Dave Richardson and the reliable Naj Choudhary set about rebuilding Exeter’s innings. The pair batted well, and scoring at a good rate, Choudhary played the support role to Richardson who played imperiously on his way to 120, including 17 forurs and 1 six. With the score on 181, Choudhary was run out for 58, but the pair had added 165 for the 5th wicket. Exeter’s target was to get past 200 and try and post a competitive score on a good wicket. A late unbeaten 23 from Skipper Reddick saw Exeter finish on 254 for 9, but not before bowler Jim Wenley tore his calf muscle setting of for a single.
After the customary Kilmington excellent tea, Exeter, already one bowler down, saw opening bowler Paul Jordan pull up with a side strain in the 4th over. A rethink and a reshuffle was needed if Exeter were to get out of the game with a victory. Dave Ricjardson still had the energy to bowl 13 superb overs and claim 4 for 44, a great return considering Exeter were effectively down to 9 players. Reddick shuffled his deck but without too much success. Les Baker made a useful 40, Jon Tattershall 22, and the impressive J Larcombe 55. All kept Kilmington on or around the run rate. Exeter nibbled out a couple more and 156 for 6, Reddick fancied his chances. Some loose bowling and some big hitting by C Seward and Steve Morris edged Kilmington ever closer, and Reddick’s last throw of the dice was to bring on opening batsman Adam Fradgely. He has history of running through the tail, and he came up trumps for Exeter, claiming 4 for 23 and seeing Exeter to a 30 run victory. A very good game of cricket with Exeter claiming 20 points and Kilmington 9, and a bit too close for comfort!
Next weel sees us take on Seaton at Bicton, who are joint top of the league with us - a must win game.