Kilve travelled to Broadway & Horton still top of the league despite the previous week’s cancellation. With yet more rain predicted for a Saturday, upon arrival to the ground Kilve found it was actually quite dry, although we weren’t holding out much hope of it staying that way due to the clouds looming in the background.

After tossing up Kilve chose to have a bowl, with the overcast conditions hopefully helping the swing of their two strike bowlers Ryan ‘Bananaman’ Penwell and Carl ‘Bender’ Clemenson. Due to the fact Carl was returning from injury it was up to Penwell and Chris ‘Blunderbuss’ James to open the bowling.

Both bowlers were their usual selves, with Ryan swinging the ball a mile and bowling a succession of great deliveries that had the batsmen in knots from his first ball, and Chris spraying the ball everywhere.

James was replaced by Glen ‘On time now he’s being picked up’ Manchip, and it wasn’t long before he got the breakthrough, snaring opener Baigent for 23 off his own bowling. This brought Dunn, a powerful hitter to the crease and it wasn’t long before he was trying to obliterate the ball.

With some clever field placement by skipper and bowler, he was caught at deep backward square leg for a solitary run after middling a long hop from Manchip straight into the hands of Chris James. At least his catching was straight!

Penwell has rarely bowled a better spell, but he was left wicket-less and was replaced by Clemenson at the other end. He accounted for Larkman off his own bowling for 14 after the batsman had been through the shot too early and spooned the ball up – enough of a distance to give Clem’s heart a flutter before he pouched it. He must have forgotten his crocodile gloves this week!

Next to go was Bray, out for a solitary single after being run out by Clemenson on what was a truly suicidal single call. This brought Field to the crease and he had brought his brush with him again, sweeping everything in sight.

Clemenson was bowling a great spell off a shorter run up, and he made the next breakthrough, getting McHattie caught for 2.

It wasn’t long before Kilve wrapped up the Broadway innings, with Manchip bowling Cook through the gate for 2, Taylor taking a great pouch in the deep from Hutchinson off the bowling of ‘Sharkie’ Button, the same bowler tickling Field’s off stump to bowl him for 18, and Hill feathering behind to the keeper Payne off the penultimate ball of the innings from Penwell, back on for his second spell.

It was a good bowling performance from Kilve, in what were tricky conditions. Due to the changeable weather, both sides had to come off for rain several times. There were excellent spells by all bowlers except ‘the Xbox kid’ James who couldn’t hit a barn door if he tried!

After a truly wonderful tea in the great facilities at Broadway, Kilve took to the middle hoping to chase down the required target of 129 in 35 overs – not an easy target considering the weather and variable bounce in the track.

Openers ‘Slug Lloyd and ‘Slim Jim’ Taylor started well, hitting boundaries from the off before Taylor was caught at short leg for 13 after failing to observe the fielder standing right under his nose. Should have gone to Specsavers!

This brought Payne to the crease, although the pair weren’t together long – Lloyd was given out leg before for just 2. Feeling he’d been hit outside the line – the look on his face was priceless!

Chris James made the walk to the middle and it wasn’t long before he was walking back, being caught and bowled by Hill for 4 failing to keep the ball down after the ball had popped.

In walked Manchip. Back walked Manchip. Golden duck. Edge off an attempted glide. End of.

This brought Clemenson to the crease – hoping to stick around with Payne who was hitting runs regularly despite the rapidly falling wickets.

He managed to score 6 before being bowled by Hill with a ball that kept low and jagged back, something Payne could sympathise with after his recent dismissal at Meare.

In walked Pete Stone, definitely a man for stemming the flow of wickets and rebuilding. Unfortunatley, he was bowled by Hill for a duck, who was having a great spell and making the most of a bowler friendly wicket.

This brought ‘On me head son’ Malpass to the middle, and together with Payne the pair started to rebuild the Kilve innings. Payne was in fine form, hitting all bowlers to the boundary, although he was lucky to not have been caught near the rope after trying to up the run rate.

Malpass was playing some fine shots, waiting for the bad ball and wearing a few for the team. He even managed to score 2 off his helmet after a ball suddenly jumped up at him. He fell for 14, caught by the keeper Baigent off the bowling of Hutchinson.

This brought Nick ‘Strawberry Blonde’ Hancock to the crease, and together with Payne he kept the run rate ticking along by waiting for the bad ball and punishing it.

The pair were inching the score along nicely, and even though Kilve could look forward to a minimum of 12 points for a rain-affected draw, the batsmen decided to keep the momentum and get as close to the required total for the win.

With the pair almost in sight of the winning runs, Hancock was caught at square leg for 10, after not quite middling a pull shot off the bowling of Bray.

This brought ‘Saffer’ Button (1 no) to the crease and together with Payne, they brought Kilve home, with Payne (71 no) scoring the winning runs by smashing the bowler back over his head for Kilve’s only maximum of the game.

It was a great performance by Kilve all round, with both the variable track and weather making conditions difficult – the team spirit was excellent throughout and it was a deserved victory.

Batting Scorecard

Name How out Bowler Total
Stuart Lloyd* LBW Hill 2
Cris Taylor Ct Hill Larkman 13
James Payne+ Not out 71
Chris James Ct and bowled Hill 4
Glen Manchip Ct Garland Hill 0
Carl Clemenson Bowled Hill 6
Pete Stone Bowled Hill 0
Duncan Malpass Ct Baigent Hutchinson 14
Nick Hancock Ct McHattie Bray 10
Quinton Button Not out 1

Bowling Scorecard

Name Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Ryan Penwell 11.5 4 14 1 14
Chris James 5 0 24 0
Glen Manchip 12 5 32 4 8
Carl Clemenson 12 3 32 2 16
Quinton Button 4 0 17 2 8.5