With the halfway point in the season now completed, Kilve entertained Crowcombe at Sea Lane on a cloudy and blustery day where the air hung heavy with the threat of rain.
Upon winning the toss Kilve skipper Cris Taylor opted to insert the visitors, and the regular new ball pairing of Jim and Josh Taylor opened up with the new conker.
The Crowcombe openers were very circumspect from the off, and despite several balls beating the outside edge the going was slow until Josh bowled H.Harris for a solitary run.
Jim joined in the action a few overs later when S. Chipp caught a thick edge and was superbly caught at gully by Dean Marchent for 12, the ball flying off the edge and Dean pouched a simply brilliant low diving catch centimeters off the ground.
After 7 overs each the two openers were replaced by Sam James and Dean Marchent, the skipper hoping the change up would bring about another wicket with the light drizzle and wet outfield negating any swing the ball may have had under the cloudy skies.
Both bowlers were plugging away as best they could with the wet ball and although Dean was finding little of his normal wobble, Sam was able to slip one through the defences of J. Newman (19) and sent him back to the hutch before James Payne replaced Marchent at the Sea End.
Payne was his usual self, bowling a tight line at the stumps but neither batsmen were looking to play anything expansive, and Taylor shuffled his pack again by introducing Martin James at the village end to replace Sam.
Payne was in the wickets column a couple of overs later when he clean bowled G. Metcalf for a very patient 26. The incoming batsman decided attack was the best form of defence and both Martin and Payne came in for a bit of tap, with the ball flying off edges and deposited to the leg side rope several times.
With 6 overs left skipper Taylor brought Carl Clemenson on to replace Martin at the Village End and Josh came back at the Sea End to replace Payne.
Carlos was in the wickets in his second over when he had opener P. Warne (41) well held at point by Payne, before he trapped J. Lewis bang in front the same over for a duck.
With the score sat on 151, G. Robertson (27) was well run out by Aaron Curry after attempting a second run off the last ball and the Crowcombe innings sat on 151-7 after the allotted 40 overs.
After tea, Kilve opened with skipper Taylor and Payne who was pushed up to open in the absence of Rio Rock.
Despite the drizzle hanging in the air both batsmen looked untroubled from the off, Taylor was in particularly good form depositing both opening bowlers to the rope with ease, whilst Payne cut and flicked off his legs to keep the scoring rate at over 5 for the first 10 overs.
The track was playing very nicely with good carry and it was completely out of the blue when Payne fell for 21, bowled by a good ball from young Z. Rexworthy that jagged back to take his leg stump.
Clemenson joined Taylor in the middle, and together the pair continued the chase with good speed Taylor brought his 50 up soon after and the score went past 100 in the 17th over with both batsmen putting the Crowcombe bowlers to the rope.
Unfortunately, with the chase almost a certainty the rain arrived, and despite a couple of attempts to get back out and play it was clear the weather was going to be the winner on the day, the game having to be abandoned with Kilve needing just 28 runs off almost 19 overs and 9 wickets left.
Big thanks to Barry for scoring as always 🙂