Kilve entertained a Castle Cary side at Sea Lane under lead grey skies and with a constant threat of rain in the air.
Winning the toss for the second week running, Kilve skipper Carl Clemenson inserted ‘Cary on a track with plenty of grass and moisture left over from the previous night’s thunderstorm of Biblical proportions.
Jay Darrell and Ryan Penwell opened the bowling and it was Darrell who struck first, sending Bontoff back to the hutch for 5 after trapping him in front with a ball that held its line.
Penwell didn’t look his usual threatening self and he was replaced by James Payne at the Sea End. The two kept things tight and Darrell struck again, removing N. Elsworth for 28 before Payne tempted J. Elsworth with a slower ball that was well held at cover by Marc Girling for 17.
Clemenson replaced Darrell at the Village End and he was bang into his normal groove from ball one – unplayable deliveries closely followed by rank wides down the leg side!
He produced some absolute jaffas to remove King for a powerful 51 (including 16 off one Payne over!), S. Hunt for 0 and D. Lake for a well made 40.
Girling replaced Payne and snared the wicket of Leach before a returning Darrell castled P.Martin for 6. With a few overs remaining, the 9th wicket pair decided to play things safe and looked to preserve their wickets rather than gain those extra runs that can often be so crucial leaving the Castle Cary innings sat on 186 for 8.
After yet another stunning tea from Kate and Kelly, Kilve openers Cris Taylor and James Payne (filling in for Ed Martin who was injured keeping wicket) took to the middle in the hope of (a) setting a good platform, and (b) not getting their precious bats wet!
Despite some excellent bowling from King and D. Lake the pair began solidly. Taylor looked in particularly good touch, dealing in boundaries on a fast outfield with Payne playing the supporting role.
Payne fell on 23, trapped in front by Bontoff giving Jay Darrell the chance to shine with both bat and ball. Unfortunately he fell on 14, driving uppishly to cover off the bowling of Hunt.
Pete Stone was next in, and the man in form looked solid as usual. Several balls were despatched to the rope in his first couple of overs and together with Taylor the pair looked like taking the game away from ‘Cary in no time. With heads dropping almost total silence in the field it came as complete surprise when Taylor attempted a lap paddle to fine leg only to miss the ball completely and get bowled for a superb 62.
Chris James joined Stone in the middle with the rate well and truly under control, and although it looked as though he’d be the man to finish the game with Stone, he too fell out of the blue – caught on the back foot plumb in front off Hunt for 16.
With less than 25 runs required, Clemenson (16*) played his finisher role to a tee. Joining Stone in the middle, he rocked back and put two successive balls through cover before the pair took 11 off Kierl’s first over, the 2 runs off the fifth ball securing the victory with another superbly-paced chase to win by 6 wickets – all that on a day that according to the forecast didn’t even stand a chance of having a ball bowled!
It was another great all round team performance, special thanks to Barry Adams who joined the fun and was superb in both spirit and attitude 🙂