After last week’s close defeat to Fitzhead, Kilve 2s hit the road with an even stronger side against promotion nearly men Stoke Saints. However a tough match was anticipated, especially after skipper Sefton won the toss and opted to take the new ball on a patchy surface.
The task was made even harder when (ex) opening bowler Martin ‘Sat Nav’ James failed to appear at either end having taken a wrong turn somewhere in the Levels. However tight spells of ‘pace off’ from Sefton and Taylor Senior kept the runs down and earned an early wicket – Cruickshank caught off Sefton for a single.
The arrival of James and Hammond seemed to spur the home team on. Two good chances were spurned in the deep. Talented young batsmen Wood started to find the gaps and a stand with Stoke skipper Gunstone pushed the score along to 106 for one after twenty overs. Last year Kilve heads might have dropped, but threatening spells from Josh Taylor and Will Monroe on an up and down wicket opened up one end and the tide began to turn.
As ever with Division 5, a strong start can hide a long tail. It proved to be the case as Taylor senior replaced his son at the near end and wickets began to fall. Wood finally fell for a impressive 90, holing out to Sefton at cow corner. At the other end Taylor’s off spin was rampant, ending up with a god like 7 for 21 off 10 overs.
178 all out was a fair total on a tricky wicket. The home team seemed confident, having rolled over Crowcombe for 28 only the week before. However Kilve are finding strength in depth. Rock and Monroe opened the batting and, frankly, were untroubled. Man about town Monroe cruised to an effortless fifty two before retiring to attend a party.
Replaced by Hammond, the rout continued, despite some quality off breaks from that man again, Wood. By the 29th over double teapots were springing up all over the field, umpiring decisions were met with grumbles and a drubbing was in the air. Rock finished not out on 50, Hammond on a well made 39. Hands were shaken with an air of disbelief and celebration respectively. The Culture Club had met the Crazy Gang and come off worse. Could this be year KCC do a Leicester?