Kilve played host to Wedmore for their opening game of the 2013 league season, and it’s fair to say everyone was champing at the bit in anticipation of a great game of cricket played under a stunning blue sky.
Upon winning the toss, Kilve skipper Pete Stone decided to put the visiting side in to bat on what looked to be a pretty even wicket, offering a bit for both bowler and batsman.
Ryan Penwell opened up from the Sea End and was quickly into his stride hitting great line and length from the off, but it was young Jay Darrell, opening from the Village End who made the breakthrough, bowling L Young for a duck in his first over.
Both bowlers were finding great rhythm, hitting the right areas and making the batsmen play almost every ball, a tactic that worked brilliantly as Darrell snagged another wicket, bowling M.Lee for 4. Penwell, not to be outdone, bowled a superb spell to account for L. Patch, bowled for 4, M. Boley well caught by Cris Taylor at long off for 36, P. Patch snagged at cover for 0, T.Ingle bowled for 1 and D.Haining, expertly stumped by veteran keeper Ed Martin for a duck after his momentum took him out of his crease.
Young Darrell was replaced at the Village End by Carl Clemenson, who after an indifferent first over where he appeared to test all lines and lengths settled into a good groove, bowling a great length and moving the ball both ways. He accounted for C. Major (2) as well as R. Parker for 8 and I Harries for 5, either side of Penwell taking his maiden 5 wicket haul of the season, a superb spell which ended with figures of 12 – 2 – 5 – 36.
This superb bowling effort, coupled with some poor shot selection from the Wedmore batsmen left the away team’s total sat on just 78 all out – something the Kilve team hadn’t been expecting upon arriving at the ground!
After a superb tea from Kate Taylor and Kelly Stone (The coffee cake was to die for!), the two Kilve openers, Cris Taylor and Ed Martin took to the crease with the hope of a quick chase, and an early beverage or two!
However, the pair hadn’t accounted for the quality of the two Wedmore openers, with both M. Boley and R. Burgess bowling superb line and length from the off.
Taylor lasted just three balls, hitting the superb Boley uppishly (surprise!) straight to cover and was well pouched, before Ed was joined at the crease by Andy Rock.
It’s fair to say the two were batting at a very pedestrian pace, and it was no surprise that with Rock looking to up the scoring rate (sat at about 0.25) he looked for a second run and was easily run out after Martin refused the return journey.
With the Kilve chase stuttering, it was left to Andy Martin to inject some much-needed impetus, and he certainly did that hitting boundaries pretty much from the off.
As is so often the way, this brought errors into the bowler’s line and length and Andy capitalised on this superbly, hitting them to the rope numerous times in his unbeaten 57. Martin Snr wasn’t quite as fluent (ahem) but his limpet like approach was the perfect foil, and he ended up 14 not out.
Fittingly, it was left to Martin Jnr to hit the winning runs, with a cracking lofted drive for 4 over mid off – a perfect finale to his chanceless knock.
It was a superb team effort by Kilve, with an excellent bowling display giving the batsmen a relatively trouble-free chase – long may it continue!