The Kilve 1st XI entertained Ilton at Sea Lane on a typically hot and humid English summer’s day, where the visitors were greeted with a green but hard track and a fast outfield.
Upon losing the toss (yet again!), Kilve skipper Clemenson found his side in the field and although it could have been a long day under the sun he was confident his bowling attack could make early inroads – and do that they did, as Carl himself bowled Brunt for 2 in his first over before Jay Darrell had fellow opener Davies caught behind for a single the very next over.
Clemenson made it two in two when he had Venn superbly held at first slip by Gary stone to head back to the hutch without scoring.
Unfortunate not to take another wicket between them with some simply unplayable deliveries, Clemenson replaced himself with the returning Penwell, and he was soon back into the groove. In his third over he had Jones caught at square leg off a leg glance that he caught too thick for a well made 31, before Gary Stone, replacing Darrell soon had the Ilton batsmen in knots with his spin.
Bowling superb line and length, he had Auger (0) caught at long on trying to launch the ball into the next village, before Wilmott was well held at cover by Dan Hinton for 14 and the next over he ripped one through the gate to despatch Isaccs for a duck.
With the score still sitting below 100 the Ilton batsmen looked to open up, but unfortunately for them Price feathered behind to keeper Chris James off Stone (6-1-16-4) for a composed 14 before Quinton Button, replacing Penwell cleaned up the tail by bowling both Holder for a duck and Hitchcott for 2 to leave the visitor’s total sat on 108 all out.
After a cracking tea, openers Taylor and Peter Stone headed out determined to make it four wins on the bounce for Kilve. Unfortunately the pair weren’t together long as Stone attempted a big heave off a full ball and was castled by Hitchcott for 5, before Payne (2) soon found himself walking back after attempting a sweep off Venn and being trapped in front. Again.
Fortunately, Kilve found Gary Stone in super form with the bat too and with a low total to chase his and Taylor’s boundary hitting ability soon reduced the deficit considerably. Stone looked in super touch, despatching all bowlers to the fence with ruthless power before Taylor was well held from a skier off Venn’s left arm spin for 21.
With just over 50 needed, Chris James joined Stone in the middle and the momentum continued without interruption as James deposited his second ball in the cornfield for a maximum.
With the end in sight, the pair put any hopes of an Ilton fightback to bed as they blazed their way to the finishing line in a flurry of boundaries, James helping himself to a red-inker for 32 and Stone (37*) pulling a short ball from Holder over the hedge to secure the win with a maximum. That’s how he rolls!
It was another superb all-round performance from the home side, showing superb team spirit in all disciplines – long may it continue!