On a stunning Summer’s day with pure blue sky overhead, the Kilve 1st XI entertained Burnham at Sea Lane on a day that was made for batting, or so it seemed!

Kilve skipper Clemenson lost the toss and expected to toil in the field but to his surprise the opposition skipper opted to insert the home side. Openers Payne and Ed Martin found the going tough in the face of some very tight bowling by Burnham’s bowlers.

Payne caught a thick outside edge off a loose drive and was caught at gully for 10, the fielder not having to move an inch, before Martin was bowled by Aston for 20.

Jay Darrell and Chris James began the rebuilding process and the pair soon began finding the rope, Darrell cutting with aplomb and James depositing Brogden over the deep midwicket boundary for a huge six. Pick ‘ee out the stingers!

Unfortunately, Darrell fell for a well made 31, caught at mid on by Aston off Brogden’s bowling before Cris Taylor found himself back in the hutch after scoring just 3 runs. He was trapped in front and the umpire wasted no time in raising the finger.

Clemenson joined James in the middle and the pair looked in good touch, Clem despatching several balls to the boundary including an extra cover drive so sweetly timed it would have any purist applauding.

James (24) was next to fall, bowled by that man Aston again whilst trying to up the rate before Girling and Button put on a crucial partnership. Girling played with a calm head, picking up singles and rotating the strike while Button put several of Green’s balls to the boundary with total authority for a well made 16 before he was castled.

Both Marchent and Cuff fell without scoring leaving Penwell and Girling the last chance of pushing the Kilve score over 160 and they did that before Girling holed out at long on for 10, leaving Penwell unbeaten on 2 and the Kilve score sat at 163 all out – surely not enough on what was an even surface and quick outfield.

After a fabulous tea the Kilve team knew they had to bowl tight to have a good chance of winning the game and both Darrell and Payne started very well. Payne, bowling his customary stump to stump line had numerous good LBW shouts turned down by the umpire before Darrell made the breakthrough, bowling House for a quacker.

Payne found the edge of Bloodworth’s bat the next over but James couldn’t hold on a slip before the skipper brought himself on at the sea end. It proved to be a great decision as he sent down an unplayable in-swinging delivery that left Bloodworth groping while his off stump was knocked well back.

He then had Smith caught at short leg for a duck the same over, Button yet again producing a superb catch in a position he’s made his own.

Clemenson’s tail was well and truly up and he produced a well disguised bumper to Harris that the batsmen could only fend off. The ball looped up and Marchent made a lot of ground from mid wicket to pull off a stunning catch and leave the batsman walking back for 11.

White (9) was next to go, feathering through to Martin behind the stumps off Penwell who had come on first change at the village end. His spell was superb, giving virtually nothing away and he soon picked up his second wicket finding Annison’s (9) edge through to Martin again to leave the Burnham innings sat on 56-6 off 20 overs.

With the Kilve team well on top Aston decided to take the attack back to the bowlers – He smited, drove, and pulled well to put his team back in contention but then called for a quick single that was never there. Quick thinking by Payne saw the ball safely in the keeper’s gloves and the bails were off with Harding (7) well out of his ground.

Green was comprehensively bowled for 13 by a returning Darrell at the village end before the skipper snared the big wicket of Aston by having him caught behind by Martin for a well made 37. With the last pair in and Burnham still needing 36 off 5 overs the pressure was truly on and Kilve took the final, much-needed wicket with Brogden run out for 11 failing to ground his bat to leave Adams not out for 2 and the Burnham innings all out for 136.

It was a superb team performance and a welcome return to winning ways. Long may that, and the weather continue!