The Kilve 1st XI undertook their longest journey of the season and travelled to Castle Cary on what was an overcast but warm day. The previous night’s constant rain had made winning the toss crucial, so it was no surprise that Kilve skipper Clemenson lost the toss and found his side inserted on a very wet track offering some serious tennis ball bounce.

Openers Darrell and P. Stone weren’t together long as Darrell drove uppish to a full ball that popped and was caught at mid off for 5, before Stone did pretty much the same thing at the other end 2 overs later to head back after scoring 3, well held off a real skier.

Payne and Taylor looked to consolidate, but unfortunately Taylor perished for a quick-fire 10 – bowled by Lake after attempting a forcing drive.

Payne and skipper Clemenson looked to rebuild but yet again Kilve were unable to forge a meaningful partnership as Payne, settled in and seeing the ball well went back to the left arm spin of Leach when he should have been forward and found himself castled for 18.

Monro joined the skipper in the middle and although he hit two cracking boundaries he was deceived by change bowler Rushden for 9, bringing Hinton to the crease – it’s fair to say he wasn’t waiting around to find a ball with his number on it as he launched into the bowling from ball one.

It proved the perfect response, as both he and Clemenson began to find the boundary with regularity – a combination of some excellent strokeplay and some freebies from the bowlers. Hinton took a particular liking to L. Rushton, hitting him for some monstrous sixes before he fell to Leach’s spin, the Cary fielder holding on well to a real skier!

Button departed very next ball, playing on for a golden duck. His face was a real picture of surprise from the turn and bounce from Leach – despite being warned by the skipper several times about watching out for the turn and bounce from Leach 😉

Sefton joined the skipper and it looked as though Kilve could threaten the 200 barrier, amazing considering they had been stuck in on a real minefield. Unfortunately Carl was bowled off an inside edge attempting to up the rate for a truly superb knock of 67 – a real captain’s innings.

After Sefton was caught off the bowling of Miller for 4 it was left to Martin James and the returning Penwell to push the score as close to 200 as possible, but Penwell was cleaned up by a good ball from Elsworth for a 4 ball quacker, leaving the Kilve total sat on 178 – a truly gargantuan effort considering they were stuck in on a track that was doing all sorts of mischief.

After a cracking tea, Kilve openers Darrell and Clemenson set about making the most of the facilities and it wasn’t long before the breakthrough. Clemenson found uneven bounce from the off and C. Elsworth found himself top edging a real skier that was well held by the keeper Payne to depart without scoring.

Lake was next to go, feathering behind to Payne without troubling the scorers before Clemenson had Bontoft (1) trapped plumb in front a couple of overs later, before M. Rushton (1) then toed a cut to cover point – Hinton with the safe hands.

Martin James replaced the luckless Darrell and was quickly into the wickets column as he had the skipper J. Elsworth caught by Taylor at midwicket after scoring 37.

It was definitely Clemenson’s day, as a couple of balls later he picked up his second five-for (12-3-35-5) in two weeks as he bowled Ubhi for another single and the home side found themselves up against it at 66-6.

James was bowling with superb rhythm and he picked up another two scalps, having Henley caught after a brisk 16, before he bowled Leach (0) with a beauty.

Sefton replaced Clemenson after he bowled his allotted 12, and despite a blunderbuss-type approach for his first over he soon found line and length and took the two remaining wickets, bowling Miller for yet another duck before having L. Rushton caught at square leg by yes, you’ve guessed it – that man Clemenson for 12 leaving the Cary chase sat at 80 all out.

It was yet another superb all round display by Kilve and one that saw them leapfrog Cary in the table.