With the sun beating down on a picturesque Sea Lane, Kilve hosted Long Sutton in the reverse fixture of what had been an epic match earlier in the season, and after losing the toss on a a dry, straw-coloured deck Kilve were asked to field and it’s fair to say they were expecting to toil under the heat.
It was a dream start however, as Ryan Penwell, opening at the Sea End bowled Lazaridis round his legs for a duck in the first over of the match, and young Jay Darrell snagged Merridge for a single in his first over to leave Long Sutton reeling.
What followed was a heady mixture of great bowling and poor shot selection (especially considering the state of the game), as both Penwell and Darrell wreaked havoc, putting the Long Sutton top order to the sword. Penwell had Vigar caught for 5 and bowled both Fry and Jackson before Darrell ended his superb 7 over spell by knocking over Hughes for another single figure score – ending with figures of 7-1-20-2.
Penwell was in majestic form with the Long Sutton batsmen unable to cope with his superb control of swing – amazing considering the conditions – It must be the sea air! Far from finished, he had Philips superbly pouched at silly mid off by Andrew Martin, before he took his 6th and final wicket with Waterton feathering behind to leave the bowler with outstanding figures of 12-5-13-6!
Clemenson and Payne replaced both openers but the pair weren’t needed for too long as Clemenson had Margetts caught behind without scoring, before Payne’s miserly line forced a suicidal run, and Yandle was well short when Andrew Martin threw down the stumps from 10 yards leaving the Long Sutton innings stuck on a lowly 61 all out.
Because of the early finish, both teams agreed to go straight back out – and in the absence of Cris Taylor, Kilve stalwart Stuart Lloyd joined Edward Martin at the crease to begin the chase.
Both players started with positive intent, and began making early inroads into the required total. Lloyd was in superb nick, watertight in defence yet masterly at manoeuvring the ball into the gaps whilst Ed punished anything short or wide, playing several cracking drives that saw the ball race to the boundary.
With such a low total needed, it was no surprise to see the Long Sutton heads drop pretty quickly and Ed took full advantage taking 9 off Vigar’s final over before taking 8 off Lazaridis’ next half-dozen to leave the scores level.
It was almost an anti-climax when the winning runs came via 4 byes, but the Kilve players didn’t mind as both Lloyd (14no) and Martin (35no) notched up a pair of red-inkers and the team achieved another maximum points win to maintain their lead at the top of the table.