Greeted by glorious sunshine at Sea Lane for the visit of North Perrott, the Kilve players were hopeful of a good result after bowling the visiting team out for a lowly 32 in the same fixture last year.
Upon losing the toss, Kilve were put into the field and opened with the ‘dream team’ new ball pairing of Jay Darrell at the Village end and Ryan Penwell at the Sea End.
Both hit their straps from the off, Darrell too quick and inducing numerous false strokes and Penwell shocking the batsmen with a run up that’s faster than his bowling speed.
Darrell struck first, trapping Marshall James leg before for 4, before Penwell struck the next over with Quinton ‘Gnashers’ Button snagging a super catch at short leg to leave Webb walking back after scoring just 6.
Penwell swiftly removed D. Baggs for 5, before Darrell bowled Dickinson with a delivery that shattered the off peg in two! It was all about the speed of Darrell’s bowling and nothing to do with the ‘Sports Direct specials’ that the skipper had bought. Honest!
J. Ireland swiftly followed, going back when he should have been forward to a Darrell delivery and was bowled for 9.
Ending his superb spell, Darrell was replaced by Carl ‘Lemsip’ Clemenson at the village end, and Penwell was replaced by Gary ‘Speedgun’ Stone and both were straight into the action, Clem finding superb line and length and Stone being carted over square leg for 6!
Clemenson, who found the edge of the bat numerous times and was bowling superbly, snagged the danger men of P. Ireland for 36, well held at first slip by James ‘Badger’ Payne and J. Baggs for 31, feathering behind to veteran keeper Ed Martin.
Stone, having found his rhythm was causing all sorts of problems and was soon in the wickets column, the excellent Button catching Spurway at short leg again for a duck and Haggerty holing out to Andrew ‘Bloody Student’ Martin at cover, who did his best baby calf/Bambi on ice impression while attempting to catch the ball.
Darrell returned for a second spell and snared the final wicket of Rowsell for 5 to leave the North Perrott total on 122 all out – a much better effort from the away side than last season.
After a fabulous tea prepared by Kelly Stone, the Kilve openers Andrew Marting and Cris ‘T2Yl0’ Taylor set out with much gusto.
Taylor’s first scoring shot was a maximum over midwicket and it set the tone for the next 10 overs, with both Marting and Taylor putting anything loose to the sword with a display of devastating power hitting while still respecting the good balls.
Martin was unfortunate to be caught after middling a full bunger from J. Ireland to mid on for a well made 29, including a couple of straight drives that any pro would be proud of.
Unfortunately, his replacement Ed didn’t last long as he feathered behind off the same bowler for just 2 runs.
It was left to the classy Stone to finish the job with Taylor, the pair upping the run rate to over 8 – Stone playing some exemplary back foot drives that left the fielders defenceless.
In 21 overs it was all over, with Stone carving the winning runs through the cover point boundary for a stylish 33 no and Taylor ending unbeaten on 45 – a superb display of self-restraint and patience.
It was a great team effort with everyone contributing towards the maximum points win, especially young Josh Taylor who was brilliant both on the field and in the pub destroying two bowls of chips!