Kilve took the trip to Broadway and Horton on a beautifully hot Summer’s day, and it was absolutely no surprise to the rest of the team that skipper Clemenson called incorrectly and they found themselves in the field, the Broadway skipper opting to have first dip on a track that looked very dry and usually offered some uneven bounce.
Sam James opened up from the bottom end and was right on the money from ball one, keeping the openers very honest along with skipper Clemenson at the top end who appears to be a changed man this season by actually bowling at the stumps!
Despite numerous near misses at deliveries that were too good for the opening pair, both bowlers stayed patient and it was Clem who made the breakthrough having W. Larkman caught at slip by Chris James for 10, before Sam comprehensively bowled S. Larkman for 16 a couple of overs later.
Both Hilton and Dunn looked to settle in for the home team after losing the openers so close together, and both looked in good touch prompting Clemenson to make a change – James ’Badger’ Payne replacing him at the the bottom end and young Rio ‘Pebbles’ Rock replacing Sam. Both bowlers started to tighten the screw with a consistent line and length that made scoring difficult. Hilton looked in good touch though, and deposited Rock into the next field for a couple of maximums to keep the score ticking along as the pair found it hard to get Payne away.
After bowling 7 overs for not much at all, Payne was replaced by Josh Calder at the bottom end and and he made the breakthrough in his 3rd over having Dunn caught for a patient 26, before Mason launched him to long on second ball, finding himself well caught inside the rope by Payne without troubling the scorers.
Girling replaced the unlucky Rock at the top end, but despite bowling some cracking deliveries he was unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his 6 overs (6-0-26-0) before he was replaced by Payne (9-1-16-1) at the top end for his final two overs, and it proved to be a good move as a well disguised slower ball deceived Dunn who picked out the skipper Clemenson at long on for a very well made 67 before Payne completed his spell.
The tail was then cleaned up pretty quickly as Rock (6-0-33-1) returned for his second spell and snagged the wicket of Pike for 7, before Calder (7-0-38-3) bowled Smith for a quick-fire 19.
Clemenson (8-1-29-1) and Sam James (9-1-26-3) were then brought back in to the attack and Sam castled both Hoskins for 2 and Tucker for a single before the Broadway innings ended on 188-9 off the allotted 45 overs, a great fielding effort considering the quick outfield and short straight boundaries.
After a superb tea, Kilve openers Chris James and Pete Stone made the trip to the middle to begin the chase, and it wasn’t long before ‘Jamer’ was into his stride and pummelling the ball to the boundary, taking 18 off one Mason over.
Stone found it a bit harder to get the ball away as the new nut was offering a fair bit of uneven bounce on the wearing wicket, but he was playing the perfect foil to Chris who was off to a flyer, hitting Mason yet again for an enormous 6 over midwicket before Pete fell to a Hoskins delivery for a patient 9.
Will Monro was next in hoping to put a big score on the table, but he was unfortunately on the wrong end of a superb piece of fielding from Pike, plucking Monro’s pull shot out of thin air at short midwicket to leave him walking back without scoring.
Andy Rock was next in, and he too was content at playing second fiddle to James, who brought up his 50 in the 16th over before he failed to follow through properly with a delivery from Pike, and was promptly caught at cover for a powerful 52 – just the impetus Kilve needed.
Payne joined Rock at the crease and the pair looked to rebuild, but unfortunately Rocky (7) played around a straight one from Pike and was hit in front – the umpire wasting no time in raising the finger.
Payne and Marc Girling attempted to rebuild again and the pair settled down to their business well, prompting the Broadway skipper to bring his openers back on to try and make a breakthrough – a move that succeeded with Payne (10) unlucky to get a ball that seriously jagged back in from Mason and he played on via his elbow.
Skipper Clemenson was next in at 7 and together with Girling the pair got the chase back on track, playing with a considered approach after the opening blitz from James had got the team well ahead of the required rate.
The pair didn’t look in any trouble at all but as is so often the way a wicket came out of nowhere, Marc was bowled by Hoskins for 15 and Sam James followed a couple of overs later for 8 having been adjudged to have feathered behind off Pike who was bowing very well and offering plenty of threat for the home side.
Clemenson was not to be moved though, and despite a recent run of low scores his class showed – anything on the stumps was played with resolute defence and any scoring opportunity taken full advantage of.
Young Rio Rock (4) made a brisk appearance before he left the gate wide open and was bowled by a Jaffa from Hoskins – the pitch by now offering serious turn and variable bounce. This brought Aaron Curry to the crease and he made the step up to the 1’s very well indeed, playing with a nice straight bat and doing exactly what was needed – keeping the good ball out and looking to get Clemenson back on strike.
Although the winning line was now in sight the home team were still well in the game – a quick wicket would surely put them back on top and sensing a breakthrough the skipper brought the field up to Curry, only to see him play a glorious drive through the covers for 4 and Kilve were now within a whisker, surely it couldn’t go wrong from here could it?
Well yes it could actually, as Curry found himself well short on a second run off Clem’s bat to walk back for 7, bringing last man Calder to the crease with only 3 runs needed off 7 balls, but crucially Carl was on strike and a single off the last ball meant he was facing for the final over from White, who despite not bowling was entrusted with the last one as all other Broadway bowlers had finished their spells.
Clemenson held his nerve though, and despite 3 good deliveries from Smith, the 4th was well driven to long off where the fielder fumbled the ball and it trickled over the line while the batsmen were attempting the 2nd run to give Kilve the win in a very tight game, Clemenson finishing unbeaten for a magnificent, chance-less 48 and Calder not needing to face a ball.
It was a superb chase by the Kilve lads, especially after being put into the field on a seriously hot day and having to chase on a track that was doing a fair bit, but the whole team effort during both innings was brilliant and long may it continue.