With their first league game of the 2011 season being called off it was with the trip to Cranmore that Kilve 1st XI began the new campaign. With their first league game of the 2011 season…

With their first league game of the 2011 season being called off it was with the trip to Cranmore that Kilve 1st XI began the new campaign.

Upon arrival Kilve found a very nice outfield and blue skies overhead, although the track colour resembled the jolly green giant, and skipper James Payne opted to insert the home team after winning the toss.

Fresh from his rapid-fire opening spell at Bagborough, young Chris ‘Blunderbuss’ James was charged with opening the bowling from the top end, with Carl ‘Alright butt’ Clemenson coming up the hill and into the wind.

After 3 overs of complete tripe, the ‘Blunderbuss was replaced by trusty stalwart and big toe enthusiast Ryan ‘Wendy’ Penwell who found line and length from the off. Although James did account for the opener Hambleton it was left to Penwell and Clemenson to exert some pressure with the new ball on the Cranmore side. Even though they remained wicketless for almost 15 overs the pair bowled exceptionally well, barely giving the batsmen a sniff.

Due to the fact Penwell was carrying an injury the skipper replaced him with spinner Gary ‘Teetotal’ Stone who after a couple of sighters found both turn and bounce. It wasn’t needed for his first wicket however, as the ball hit Cox full on the foot plumb in front and he was off back to the pavilion after scoring 12.

After Clemenson had bowled 10 overs for almost nothing he was replaced at the bottom end by the ever dependable Glen ‘The Rattle’ Manchip who was up to his usual tricks from the off, namely taking wickets! He accounted for D. Monk (Bowled) for 19 and A. Pang (Bowled next ball) and before anyone else got a look in.

Stone was bowling superbly and he too picked up 3 wickets for the match, bowling T. Stone (Who wasn’t shy in expressing his opinion of the Kilve players!) for 10, and Angel for a duck.

With Stone having bowled his allotted overs Clemenson came back on at the opposite end to his opening spell and was right on the money again. He quickly bowled M. Pang for 12 before Manchip had J. Williams stumped superbly by the human mullet Jay Darrell for 11.

It was left to Clemenson to round things off accounting for Frost who was bowled after scoring a solitary run and Holdsworth bowled next ball to end the Cranmore innings on 92.

After a very nice tea, openers Cris ‘T2YLO’ Taylor and Pete ‘Pythagoras’ Stone set about chasing down the 93 required to win with much gusto. Taylor was his usual self and looked like he wanted to get the match over quickly by pouncing on anything remotely off line or length.

Stone never really got going though and was bowled leg stump trying to get inside the line of the ball and work it to leg after scoring 5.

Manchip and his trusty blade walked in at 3 and even though it looked like either him or Taylor could run the other out at any moment they soon got their heads down and hit the flurry of runs needed to win the game. Both Manchip and Taylor played some cracking shots, with Taylor almost cutting the umpire in two from a straight drive and Manchip playing his usual classy drives and pulls.

Kilve chased the total down for the loss of just the one wicket and with only 15 overs gone. It was a great start to the 2011 campaign and a great result on what has been a bit of a bogey side in the past. Well done!