Kilve entertained a Trull side for their first league home game of the season, on what was a cloudy but dry day at Sea Lane. Skipper James ‘Mower’ Payne lost the toss and was expecting to…

Kilve entertained a Trull side for their first league home game of the season, on what was a cloudy but dry day at Sea Lane.

Skipper James ‘Mower’ Payne lost the toss and was expecting to field, but to his surprise the opposition skipper put Kilve in on what looked perfect batting conditions.

Payne opened with Cris ‘Notoriously slow starter!’ Taylor and together the pair played aggressively from the off, although Taylor fell for just 10 yorking himself to a straight ball.

Glen ‘Early as always’ Manchip arrived in at 3 and played his usually classy innings, putting on over 100 for the second wicket with Payne, who was by now hitting the bowlers to all parts, especially the boundary after getting his eye in.

Manchip fell on 54 caught off the bowling of Ley, bringing Gary ‘Bat shop’ Stone to the crease and he was soon in to his stride, playing shots all around the ground in a lesson of timing and balance.

The pair were soon scoring freely and Payne moved to his first century of the season with a clip through midwicket (After prior warning from Taylor about being on 99!). He was clearly tiring though and after running several more singles he fell on 111, bowled by Lake while trying to open up and work the ball to the posh side.

Young Jay ‘Mullet’ Darrell was next in and he was in no mood to mess around. Hitting two of the best shots seen that day, namely a lofted drive over extra cover and a glorious off drive that any purist would be happy with, he fell on 24 caught off the bowling of S. Lake.

This brought Duncan ‘Bootneck’ Malpass to the crease and together with the fluid Stone, they pushed the score to 270 for 4 by the end of Kilve’s allotted overs, a total that looked very good for the home side. Malpass finished 1no and Stone a classy 49no.

After a glorious tea courtesy of Kate Taylor and Kelly Stone, Kilve took to the field with the impetus gained from posting a high total.

They were soon amongst the wickets when Carl ‘Caaaadif boy’ Clemenson found the edge of Lines (8) bat and the ball nestled safely in the hands of Manchip at first slip.

Ryan ‘Wendy’ Penwell was not to be outdone though, and he bowled Shattock for a duck the next over.

S. Lake was next in, and he was in no mood to mess around. He must have been taking inspiration from the IPL as he launched into everything, punishing any bad ball superbly, but also being very lucky to survive several edges and mis-timed shots before he fell to the ever-dependable Manchip who bowled him for a quickfire 39.

What was to follow however was almost the complete opposite of young Lake’s innings, as both opener Parrett and Barry hardly played an offensive stroke for the next 20 overs. Anything off the stumps was left alone, and anything on them was treated with textbook defense – even a couple of lose full tosses that should have been punished were dead-batted.

Kilve skipper Payne tried almost everything to try and get a wicket, including his now patented ‘lollypop’ field where 8 fielders were stationed around the bat in close proximity hoping for a sniff.

It was left up to young Will ‘Show pony’ Monro to get the breakthrough, with Parrett popping one into the hands of Payne and short leg after scoring 36 in almost 40 overs.

D. Lake was next to go off Monro’s next over. Although he was looking to score runs and hit the ball hard, unfortunately for him it was straight to Payne who took a good catch to his left to send the batsman back to the hutch without scoring

Payne brought himself on with his leg spin, hoping to induce Barry into playing some shots, and he did that with his second ball catching the batsman off his own bowling and rounding off with a wicket maiden.

With a couple of overs left the Trull batsmen played a few good-looking shots to end off their innings for 134 for 6 off the allotted 45 overs.

It was a good win for Kilve, with everyone playing good positive cricket.