Stacey proves the difference as Wells chase well at Sea Lane

Kilve entertained Wells at Sea Lane on an overcast but dry day, and upon losing the toss found themselves put in by the visitors.

The father and son combination of Andrew and Ed Martin opened the batting and looked to get the innings of to a good start on what was a fairly hard, even surface – a miracle after the amount of rain that fell in the preceding days.

Unfortunately for Ed, Martin Jr called for a single off Ed’s tickle to backward square leg – a shot which went straight to a fielder and left Ed with no chance of making it to the other end to leave him walking back without struggling the scorers.

James Payne was next in, and was next out after 4 balls. He failed to keep out a swinging full toss from Trevett and was bowled for the second duck of the innings. It was only the 3rd over!

Pete Stone joined Andrew at the crease and thankfully for Kilve they rebuilt the innings with a mixture of quality stroke-play and some pretty brutal hitting.

Andrew especially looked in good nick (with the bat – not with his calling!) and produced some scything drives to silence the Wells side, who were typically ‘vibrant’ in the field. Stone also looked in super nick, driving and sweeping with gusto to bring up the 50 in no time.

The Wells skipper introduced some spin and although the pair were looking well set Andrew (69) holed out at long on for another great knock, well held by Trevett.

Kilve skipper Clemenson was next in and and although he has been bang in form he was caught and bowled by Wells Skipper Moore after making a brisk 17, before Stone found himself back in the hutch soon after – holing out at long on to that man Trevett again for a well made 36.

Gary Stone and Chris James both looked to build some impetus in an innings that was seriously  in danger of losing momentum, but Stone got castled by one that nipped back and unfortunately James only managed a couple of singles before he was comprehensively bowled by Trevett – He must still have had his mind on the Man United game he watching in the pub when he should have been at the ground 😉

Fellow pre-match pub frequenters Jay Darrell and Marc Girling found themselves in the middle but Girling came and went quickly after scoring 7, before young Sam James was bowled by that man Trevett again for 2 and Penwell was the last man out for a duck, bowled off his pads attempting a clip round the corner to leave the Kilve innings sat on 179 all out – not the end of the world but probably 30-40 runs short.

After a glorious tea, the opening pair of Darrell and Penwell looked to make early inroads and did just that in the first over when Darrell had Smart (0) playing at thin air while his off stump was pegged back, before he removed Churches for 4 and skipper Moore the very next ball in just his third over.

Stacey scored a quick-fire 14 but was well bowled by Penwell who looked in great rhythm, while at the other end Girling replaced Darrell and was very unfortunate not to take a wicket with his first ball after he trapped D. Stacey bang in front of all three on the full – the umpire’s decision leaving the Kilve players speechless.

Payne replaced Girling after what turned out to be an experimental change after just one over and he was in the wickets column soon after, bowling Day for 1.

Stacey and Hodgkinson looked to up the rate and although he struck several lusty blows, the latter holed out at long off to a ‘worldie’ catch by Gary Stone off a Payne slower ball to walk back after scoring a powerful 33.

Stacey looked in great touch though, and although Kilve thought they’d had him earlier he proceeded to craft a top quality innings full of crisp drives, deft cuts and powerful pulls to move his side within touching distance.

The game was on a knife edge when Pete Stone, always superb in the field ran out Dors for 4 after the batsmen attempted a risky single.

Unfortunately for Kilve, J. Cooper proved resolute in defence and with Stacey in such good form it was only a matter of time before the target was reached, and Stacey did that in style with a maximum over midwicket to win the game for Wells by 3 wickets with 3 overs to spare.

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