The Kilve 1st XI took the trip to Huish and Langport hot on the heels of their victory over North Newton the previous week.

After losing the toss yet again, Kilve were put in on a track that looked firm but very dry and batsmen Ed Martin and James Payne made steady progress in the face of good bowling from the ‘port’ openers.

Payne fell first, run out after Ed declined a single off Payne’s straight drive, and his refusal left Payne well short after making 15.

Andrew Martin was next in, and he played his usual array of deft flicks, pulls and crunching drives to up the scoring rate before Ed was trapped in front after scoring 14 off the bowling of G. Colin.

Cris Taylor joined Andrew at the crease and the pair were looking solid until Cris holed out at long on off that man Colin again for a brisk 17, giving Jay Darrell the chance to make a big score.

Unfortunately he too fell for to Colin’s bowling, Crossley making a regulation catch after Jay had made 8.

Thankfully for Kilve, Chris James was able to settle in and put a decent score on the board, as both he and Andrew took a liking to the Huish slow bowlers and the boundaries were coming at regular intervals.

Just as Kilve were looking at setting a 220+ score, Andrew Martin fell, bowled by the impressive Shillabeer after trying to cart the ball to the next village for a well made 60, before Chris James who had been looking a definite half century candidate fell to the same bowler for a powerful 44.

This left Clemenson and Girling a couple overs to see out, and Marc finished the innings in style hitting a maximum over midwicket to leave the Kilve total sat on 199 for 7 – a good score on what is normally a 150-60 par wicket.

After tea, Kilve were confident of securing another victory as long as they bowled as tight as the Huish openers, but unfortunately things didn’t go to plan at all.

Ryan Penwell, usually so metronomic in line and length was all over the place and the Huish openers left no ball unpunished, while Gary Stone also found hitting the right areas difficult as the scoring rate soared.

It definitely wasn’t Stone’s day when his rising delivery found a thin edge from Skeet’s bat while he was on 7 but keeper Martin failed to hold on, and what followed was sheer carnage.

Although Colin fell for a quickfire 22, trapped leg before from Darrell’s bowling Skeet opened up and produced an innings of superb timing and power. Length balls were treated with disdain, and anything short or over-pitched was despatched with ease. Together with J. Watts the pair were scoring at 8 an over, and although Skeet survived a couple of mis-timed edges that fell into gaps it was definitely his day and he finished the match with a clip through midwicket for 4 to end 124 not out, while Watts played with style yet remained compact for a chanceless 34*.

With Huish and Langport winning by 9 wickets and 17 overs left, it was a crushing defeat for Kilve – A combination of some poor bowling, powerful stroke play and a touch of good luck bringing them back down to earth.

On the plus side, Pete Stone found another caterpillar – A Cinnabar moth to be exact. Well done Pete!

Pete Stones Cinnabar Moth