On a cracking, hot day at Sea Lane, Kilve hosted a Banwell & Churchill side that were sitting one above Westonzoyland, at the foot of the league table.

After winning the toss, skipper ‘Slug Lloyd elected to bat on a very green track, but with clear blue skies overhead and the new ball hopefully racing towards the boundary on a gorgeous outfield.

Banwell elected to open up from the village end and were fortunate not to get a wicket first ball when Cris ‘T2YLO plated’ Taylor spooned a full toss between two fielders at a perfectly catchable height. He soon settled down after this and began to play his usual game, with a series of powerful shots.

Lloyd wasn’t so lucky. He managed to get himself caught for a duck playing a square cut and had the job of walking back to the hutch after 10 run-less overs. Boycott would have been proud!

This brought Payne to the crease and he looked to be in good touch straight away, hitting boundaries straight out the middle. Taylor’s luck wasn’t in for long though, as Payne straight-drove a half-volley back towards the short mid-off fielder where he manged to deflect the ball into the stumps and Taylor was clearly out backing up. Really unlucky.

Self-appointed club drinker Gary Stone arrived at the crease wearing shades, not because he needed them, but because his eyes were clearly showing the effects of the previous night’s excess! He got off to a good start with Payne, scoring at a good rate until Payne (25) was bowled (surprise!) by a ball that he should have shown more respect for – especially when well set.

This brought Manchip to the crease, and he looked to be seeing the ball well, but was unfortunately bowled off his pads trying to work the ball to leg for Kilve’s second duck.

In walked Pete ‘Pythagoras’ Stone to hopefully restore some order and settle the Kilve innings down. Together with his namesake Gary, the pair started to score freely when Stone (31) was bowled, treading on his stumps trying to use the crease.

In walked Duncan ‘Show of the day’ Malpass, who played some very good looking shots, including a sumptuous cover drive for 4 before the was bowled by Faulks for 5.

After Clemenson had edged a spinning delivery to the keeper of the bowling of Eckett for a single Kilve looked to be in trouble of collapsing, and the Banwell players knew it too. Sensing a prize scalp they rightly had their tails up, with Kilve’s score looking insufficient on a great wicket and quick outfield.

Chris James walked in to a cacophony of noise and a close-in field. It didn’t last long though, as James proceeded to absolutely batter the Banwell bowlers to all parts in only his third over at the crease. Stone was unable to help out though, as he was bowled by Faulks for 19, bringing Quinton ‘Sharkie’ Button to the crease. He played some lovely shots before falling to Eckett for 11.

The last man in was Martin ‘Specsavers’ Tully (4no), who played an observers role for the rest of Kilve’s innings as James, playing with his customary dislike for straightness of bat hit a fantastic 44 before being bowled by Faulks. The tail had well and truly wagged and Chris had helped Kilve put together a reasonable total of 198.

After yet another cracking tea, Kilve took to the field hoping their total would be enough on a good track and quick outfield.

With Wendy Penwell AWOL this week due to a finger injury it was young Chris James who opened the bowling in tandem with Clemenson and it wasn’t long before Kilve had the opposition one down, when Borret was caught off the bowling of James for 6.

Sensing a few wickets in the air, Kilve were frustrated by the two Banwell bats, using all their experience to make the most of any lose balls in an otherwise tight bowling attack.

The introduction of spin brought about the much needed wicket, with Glen ‘Too old for all this drinking lark’ Manchip bowling Adams (38) and Eckett (16) using his great control of flight and loop – much needed on a green-top that offered nothing to the tweakers.

Opening bat Legg was the next to go, falling for 31 on a comedy value run out, off the bowling of Clemenson.

‘Clem managed to snare the next two wickets, bowling Diver (10) with a corking length ball and Bebber for 13 – yorked. Enough said.

Although Kilve were taking key wickets regularly, they were too far apart and it was only a matter of time before the Banwell batsmen used up the remaining overs. Knowing they were going to come up short of the required 199, the two Banwell players kept their averages up with some sensible batting in the final two overs, the Banwell innings coming to an end on 177-6,

It was a good team performance by Kilve to contain the Banwell innings, with some excellent containing bowling by the two spinners Manchip and Gary ‘Incontinent’ Stone, especially as the track offered them nothing. Kilve should have set Banwell at least 250 in the first place on a glorious day, but we’ll leave that till next week!

Batting Scorecard

Name How out Bowler Total
Stuart Lloyd* Ct Legg Pearson 0
Cris Taylor Run Out 37
James Payne+ Bowled Pearson 25
Gary Stone Bowled Faulks 31
Glen Manchip Bowled Pearson 0
Pete Stone Bowled Faulks 19
Duncan Malpass Bowled Faulks 5
Carl Clemenson Ct Bebber Eckett 1
Chris James Bowled Faulks 44
Quinton Button Bowled Eckett 11
Martin Tully Not Out 4

Bowling Scorecard

Name Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Carl Clemenson 12 1 41 2 20.5
Chris James 5 0 28 1 28
Gary Stone 12 1 43 0
Glen Manchip 12 1 32 2 16
Quinton Button 1 13 13 0
Duncan Malpass 3 0 13 0