It was clash of the titans at Sea Lane this week as Kilve, currently sitting joint top of the division entertained a Burnham On Sea side that were just one place below them in the table.
Upon winning the toss, Kilve skipper Peter Stone put the visiting side in on what looked a fairly innocuous, slow and low track at first glance. Jay Darrell opened from the Village End and James ‘Badger’ Payne took the new nut at the Sea End in the absence of both Ryan ‘Wendy’ Penwell and Gary Stone.
Both bowlers hit the mark from ball one, and it was Payne who struck first, removing Bloodworth for 5 off a leading edge, before Carl Clemenson replaced Darrell after a fruitless, but very well bowled 7 over spell and he was in the wickets column in his second over, snagging House who feathered behind for 20 before Dalrymple was run out for 2 after a total mix up attempting a second run.
Payne then bowled the Burnham skipper Harris for just 2 before the Burnham players were involved in another unnecessary run out with Tipler finding himself walking back to the hutch after scoring just 2.
Chris James replaced Payne at the Sea End after his 12 over spell had cost just 17 runs for 2 wickets, and he repeated his excellent form from the previous week be snaring a wicket in his second over, producing an absolute jaffa to bowl M. Green for 8, before Clem struck the following over, Andrew Martin taking a simple pouch at midwicket to remove Smith for 5.
Things were looking dire for Burnham now, and it was fully compounded by yet another run out. S. Green and Annison were involved in a slapstick-style comedy of errors that left Annison well short of his ground and gave Clemenson all the time in the world to remove the bails to leave the batsman traipsing back after scoring a single.
James then ended any more resistance by taking his second wicket – Cris ‘T2YL0’ Taylor making a great catch at long off to remove S. Green without troubling the scorers, leaving the Burnham innings sat on a lowly 67 all out from 35 overs. The Kilve bowlers had been absolutely superb, bowling great areas almost every ball and had not really given the opposition a sniff all game. Surely it would only be simple chase?
After a stunning tea from Kelly Stone (including the most amazing carrot cake we’ve ever eaten!), regular openers Taylor and Edward ‘Nano Fuse’ Martin took to the middle and were among the runs from the off.
Unfortunately, Taylor fell for just 5. After playing a glorious back foot extra cover drive for a boundary he then proceeded to flick a half volley straight into the hands of square leg.
Andrew Martin joined his father at the crease and the pair rattled the score along without looking in any trouble. Playing in his usual attacking style, Andrew hit several boundaries including a superlative straight six off the veteran Brogden before he fell for 21, feathering behind to the the keeper.
This left Kilve stalwart Stuart Lloyd to join Ed at the crease with just 25 needed, and in typical Lloyd-style he was resolute in defence, content to play the overs out and soak up the pressure while Ed freed his arms and struck several classy shots to the boundary rope, including two back foot cover drives that came straight from the MCC coaching manual.
With the scores level, the pair ran a quick single to complete the comprehensive win. Lloyd ended 2 not out and Edward was unbeaten on a chanceless knock of 34 to give Kilve maximum points and maintain their position at the top of the table. Happy Days.