On another hot and picture-perfect day at Sea Lane, Kilve entertained a Taunton A side on a greenish but firm top.
With just the one new ball and blue skies overhead, skipper ‘Slug Lloyd chose to have a bat upon winning the toss, and it proved to be a good decision with the track playing beautifully and the short outfield sending balls flying to the rope.
Lloyd and Cris ‘Bananaman’ Taylor set about the bowlers and were going at a decent rate before the latter was caught at mid off for 22, driving a ball straight into a safe pair of hands for an easy snag.
James Payne joined the skipper at the crease and together the pair were looking like pushing the score towards 300 when Lloyd (52) holed out in the same way as Taylor, driving a ball in the air straight to the fielder right after he’d notched yet another 50.
Payne was joined in the middle by Gary Stone, and the pair were soon upping the run rate with boundaries aplenty. Payne played some great shots including a straight six into the stingers before falling on 67 to a not uncharacteristic across the line mow!
Stone was joined at the crease by Glen ‘No way that was missing leg’ Manchip and together they set about taking the bowlers to the sword. Stone played quite beautifully for his 89no and never looked like getting out at all.
Manchip, playing a typically cultured innings climbed onto anything short and his timing looked perfect before he fell for 33, holing out to long off going for those precious end of innings runs.
Stone was joined at the crease for the last two overs by young Chris ‘Fly swatter’ James (1no) who proceeded to play a series of beautiful air shots and prevent Stone from getting the strike and possibly his maiden ton for the club!
The Kilve innings stood on 279 after the full 45 overs, although their was some debate as to whether scorer Darren ‘Quiet as a mouse’ Overall had actually been watching the same game!
After tea, opening bowlers Ryan ‘Suckler’ Penwell and Carl ‘Sicknote’ Clemenson set about getting early wickets, and it wasn’t long before they had one with young Hoffmeister edging to Manchip at 2nd slip for a regulation pouch after troubling the scorers for a single.
Taunton were soon two down when Preston tickled one behind to the keeper Payne for a duck, and three down when Manchip bowled Rogers for 6 in his 3rd over after replacing Penwell at the Sea End.
Taunton were never really in with a shout of reaching the required total and were averaging 0.5 runs an over up until the 20th meaning they would have to seriously hit some runs to even get close. After Bettles had been run out for 17 after some terrible communication and suicidal running, Taunton quickly lost Henderson, bowled by Manchip and Millard caught and bowled by that man Manchip again. Only Lewis put up a fight, hitting several maximums and a flurry of boundaries with a gigantic bat before being caught by Duncan ‘Bucket Hands’ Malpass at deep long on for a valiant 57.
With Manchip trapping next man to go Ainley in front for 4, he grabbed himself yet another five-for, although there were some suspicious jug-avoidance tactics going on at one point!
The final two Taunton batsmen looked very young indeed, but gained valuable time at the crease and a good display of shots with a frustrating last wicket stand of 25. Skipper Lloyd had to bring on Penwell to wrap the game up, bowling Symons for 8 with his first ball after he had frustrated both Manchip and Malpass, who bowled a fantastic 6 over spell for no reward.
It was a farily comprehensive win for Kilve as Taunton ended on 126 all out, and good to see the top order all contributing something with the bat, while all bowlers bowled very well indeed.
|Stuart Lloyd*||Ct Hofmeister||Bettles||52|
|Cris Taylor||Ct Hofmeister||Speed||22|
|James Payne+||St Lewis||Bettles||67|