Kilve took the short journey along the A39 to Cannington this week, on what was a cool and cloudy morning with a fair bit of drizzle in the air. Upon losing the toss Kilve skipper Pete Stone found his side being asked to bat first on a very damp track due to the morning’s rain and lack of covers.
James Payne and Will Monro opened the batting, and it was unsurprising that the wicket was popping and jumping like a Mexican bean from the off!
Payne crunched Lush through point to the boundary rope before he got a ball that popped more than he thought, and his half hearted push found it’s way safely into the hands of point off the bowling of S. King for 6.
Carl Clemenson was in next, and both he and Monro decided the best way to approach the game was to play defensively but really throw your hands at the bad ball as it was only a matter of time before there was a delivery with your name on it.
Monro (19) hit several balls to the rope, including a monster 6 before he slipped on the wet deck and spooned a catch straight to square leg, bringing young Rio Rock to the crease.
His was a short stay however, as he found the unpredictable bounce hard going and after scoring 2 runs he played on off the bowling of D. Hoveman.
The ever reliable Ben Gannon joined Clemenson in the middle and he too found the going tough, taking 27 balls to get off the mark with both Hoveman and E. Coombs bowling well and finding plenty of variable bounce and movement.
Clemenson was happy to throw his hands at anything loose, and the score was slowly but surely limping along until Carl fell to a ball from R. Coombs for a well made 36.
Shortly after skipper Stone arrived at the crease Gannon was next to go, bowled by R. Coombs for a hard fought pair of singles, but it was the sort of track you were pretty much one ball away from something unplayable.
Stone and Sam James stuck around for several overs to push the score over the 100 mark before Pete was caught behind for 3, his attempted glide to third man was hit too thin and resulted in him giving catching practice to 2nd slip.
Dean Marchent joined Sam James in the middle and together the pair looked to up the rate with some well run singles and some lusty blows finding the rope, quite the rarity on the slowish outfield.
Sam was looking very composed, but with just a couple of overs left he was well caught off the bowling of D. Hoveman for 15 runs, before Marchent (16*) and young Jim Taylor managed to push the Kilve total to 136-7 off the allotted 40 overs, including a fantastic straight 6 from Jim (10) before he was run out off the last ball of the innings attempting to steal a single.
After tea, with the sun starting to poke through the clouds and the track beginning to show signs of drying the Cannington players seemed confident of chasing what seemed a fairly low score.
Opening bowlers Jim and Josh Taylor took the new nut, and although the drying pitch wasn’t offering as much as it did early in the Kilve innings there was still plenty of movement on offer for both bowlers.
Josh was the first one to strike, bowling C. Cullum off an inside edge for 11 with some deliveries pretty unplayable, before wicket keeper Gannon produced a moment of magic to run out W. Hoveman for the same score.
After the 2 early wickets both opening bowlers found it hard to make another breakthrough, and Stone shuffled his pack and introduced James Payne for Josh and Clemenson took over from the top end replacing Jim.
Payne, bowling his stump to stump line took a wicket in his first over by bowling S. Abraham for 6, before Clemenson joined him in the wickets column a few overs later by trapping Cannington skipper W. King in front for a patient 12.
By now both bowlers were well on top. With Payne’s miserly line and length, and Clemenson’s late swing keeping both batsmen guessing, the run rate began to slow to a crawl as scoring chances were limited and the Kilve fielding was again superb.
L. Perrett (7) was next to go, held at first slip by Payne off a well disguised slower ball from Clemenson before he took his third by castling R. Windows for a brisk 8, the Cannington innings currently sat on 85-6.
Stone again changed things up by replacing Payne with Josh Calder, and Clemenson with Marchent in the hope of clearing up the last 4 wickets.
E. Coombs (8) was first to go, pinned bang in front by one of Calder’s left arm tweakers before the bowling pair combined to remove D. Lush for a duck, Calder taking a superb reflex catch at cover off a very well hit ball from Marchent’s bowling.
Calder snagged his second of the match by having R. Coombs superbly pouched at long off by Will Monro for a powerful 17, before Marchent finished the game in style by knocking D. Hoveman over for 9 runs, Cannington being all out for 105 off 37 overs.
It was another superb performance to get over the line after being asked to bat first on a wet track, and then bowling and fielding with discipline and patience to keep the pressure constantly on the opposition batsmen.
As always, a big thank you to Barry Adams for scoring.