Kilve 1s stay top after win against Curry Rivel

On a hot humid afternoon, Kilve won the toss and asked Curry Rivel to take first knock.

Opening the bowling from the sea end, Gary Stone bowled a superb nine overs, seven of which were maidens. He had Dawkins caught behind by Ed Martin for 13. Dawkins was replaced by Greasley – Blackmore who batted through to tea for 33 not out.

Clemenson bowled his 9 overs for 29 without getting a wicket.

Penwell replaced Stone and bowled beautifully from the start. He bowled the dangerous M Tilley for 25, P Tilley for 13 and then got Higginson superbly caught by Sam James.

Young James himself replaced Clemenson and looked very impressive. Ed Martin came up to the stumps despite James’ pace and immediately stumped Irving for a duck.

Greasley was run out on the last ball of the Curry Rivel innings, thereby setting Kilve a target of 132 for victory.

After tea, Kilve openers Andrew Martin and Cris Taylor took the attack to the visiting opening bowlers. Both batsmen regularly hit the boundary and Andrew hit a huge straight six. Neither bat looked in any sort of trouble until Taylor was ran out for 13 with a good piece of fielding that broke the stumps with a direct hit.

Ed Martin joined son Andrew at the crease, but soon after Andrew drove uppishly and was caught at mid-on for 21 off the bowling of Higginson, bringing Girling to the crease and he played some nice shots before getting caught at mid-off for 14.

Skipper Chris James came to the wicket and played a brilliant innings of 27 not out and Ed Martin ended with 36 not out which secured a seven wicket win for Kilve, keeping them at the top of division 4.

Curry Rivel: 9 Points 131 for 5 (J Greasley – Blackmore 33*, M Tilley 25, A Greasley 22, R Penwell 3-19, G Stone 1-14, S James 1-17)

Kilve: 31 Points 132 for 3 (E Martin 36 no, C James 27 no, A Martin 21)

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