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LILLEY (81-2, Perry 36 not out), beat Kimpton (76 all out, Hammond 4-7, Perry 4-23) by eight wickets
Unbeaten 2004 side Kimpton met the Lilley pace quartet at it’s most fearsome today on an uneven wicket, as Lilley romped to victory.
Kimpton won the toss and batted on a tufty, dry looking wicket…horrible looking infact. James Ashby and Tim Perry’s pace was clearly unsettling Kimpton and the latter ripped out a couple of wickets early on in an impressive spell. The skipper chipped in with one and was unlucky as both keeper Taz and first slip Hammond spilled chances early on. Perry in the meantime ploughed away and himself suffered a dropped catch, this time by the usually dependable Philo Clarke. Perry went on to nab 4-23 from 11 pacey overs.
If the Kimpton batsmen thought they were ‘seeing off the openers’…wrong. Hammond and GT replaced the two new ball bowlers and whilst the latter had limited success in wrenching out one wicket, Hammond, well, was back! 6.5 overs, 4 maidens, 4 for 7, including 5 wides from his first two deliveries…the big man had by far the easier task, whipping out the tail, but by god he’s back! Perry’s spell was superior, but Hammond was simply clinical.
Lilley’s eventual run chase was a meagre 77 and despite a ropey strip, Lilley set about the chase with some aplomb. 20 were on the board when Brad Tompkins (4) was unlucky to get one which bit the surface and he telegraphed his stroke. Tomsett and Tim Perry thrust Lilley forward with a stand of 53, but Tomsett (17) fell caught and bowled just short of victory. Phil Clarke and the impressive Perry, who thrashed eight fours in his unbeaten 36, guided Lilley home and to a pre 5pm finish.
Sausages and chips, together with three raffle wins and an England cricket win, eased the afternoon through to the evening. Sadly…the football…pah, it’s not a football website…