Kilve took the trip to the fabulous North Perrot ground on yet another stunning Summer’s day, and after skipper Pete Stone lost the toss, found themselves in the field.

Continuing with the new-ball partnership of Ryan Penwell and Gary Stone in a two-paced attack, the two were into the action straight away. Penwell had Barnes caught at cover by Andrew Martin with just 2 on the scoreboard, before Stone bowled both Webb and Dickenson for 2 and 8 respectively.

Both bowlers were causing numerous false strokes on an excellent batting track, with Penwell’s swing and Stone’s loop proving to be the perfect combination to keep the batsmen honest.

This pressure soon paid off as Stone took his third wicket, Auger (16) being well caught low down at square leg by Chris James, and Cris Taylor rolled back the years with the runout of J. Ireland for 22. With scoreboard pressure causing the batsmen to take a risky single, Taylor surprised everyone (including himself) by executing a textbook pickup and laser-guided throw to knock over the stumps and leave the batsmen well short of his ground.

After their excellent spells, Stone and Penwell were replaced by Carl Clemenson and Jay Darrell, and both were into the action straight away – Darrell snaring P. Ireland off his own bowling for 8, before he yorked Munden with an unplayable delivery for a duck, then bowled Szczepanski the very next ball to leave the North Perrott total floundering well below 100.

Clemenson then lived up to his nickname of ‘The Janitor’ by cleaning up the tail, bowling Hyett for another quacker, before he trapped W. Ireland plumb in front for 7 to end the North Perrott innings on 81 all out – a great bowling effort considering the average score at this batting paradise is usually over 200!

After a superb tea, the veteran Kilve openers Edward Martin and Stuart Lloyd took to the middle and started off in a watchful fashion.

The pair weren’t together long though as Martin was trapped bang in front by Desroy’s first ball after scoring a solitary run.

Andrew Martin then walked to the crease, and sensing an upset, it’s fair to say the banter from the Perrott team was lively! Martin, however, looked very composed and despite some excellent bowling, he and Lloyd started to give the Kilve chase some serious momentum – Lloyd was superb at rotating the strike with his precision, and Martin patiently waited for anything off line or length and punished it with authority.

With the score approaching 50-1, Martin played back to a full delivery and was given out LBW after scoring 23.

Lloyd was joined at the crease by Taylor, who looked pretty tired after regaling his run-out story to everyone on the boundary – whether they wanted to listen or not!

It didn’t prove to be a problem however, as despite a missed stumping chance off of a massive heave, he was quickly into his stride and several crunching drives later the runs required were into single figures.

With just 3 runs required Lloyd tried to finish the match in style, but unfortunately he skied a flighted delivery to mid-on, bringing his superb innings to an end on 30. Although it was an anti-climax ending to his knock, it was a superb innings full of classy strokes, including a square cut that simply couldn’t have been played any better.

With just 3 runs needed, Gary Stone joined Taylor at the crease and after two quick singles between the pair, Taylor beautifully drove through mid-on to complete the chase.

It was another great all-round performance by Kilve, with the bowlers giving the batsmen another sub-100 target, and on such a great batting surface the quality of the bowling attack stood out yet again.

Well done everyone 🙂