After the previous week’s disappointing loss against Fitzhead, Kilve travelled to Wembdon looking to get back on track with a win. After winning the toss, Kilve skipper Peter ‘Pythagoras’ Stone put the opposition into bat on a track that looked to offer variable bounce.

Ryan ‘Cumberland Sausage Fingers’ Penwell took the new ball and looked to be bowling well until he pulled up with a dodgy achilles. It must have been all that pre-match warm up he did 😉

He was replaced by debutant Seb ‘Joey’ Barton, and together with Jay ‘Cletus the slack-jawed yokel’ Darrell the pair tried to get a breakthrough.

Both Wembdon openers looked like good bats though, and it was quite a while before the inroad came, with Darrell bowling J. Lowe for 11 before a mix up off the bowling of Glen ‘The Rattle’ Manchip left G. Lowe being run out for 52.

James ‘Yardy Darts’ Payne replaced Barton and snared the wickets of Trunks and Cozens for single figure scores while Manchip snagged Wadham for 2 before Darrell returned to bowl Morrish for 5. Payne got his third and fourth wickets by bowling Goss off his pads and having Watts expertly stumped by Ed ‘Percy Thrower’ Martin off the last ball of the game, leaving the Wembdon innings sitting at 194 for 9, a tricky chase considering the variable nature of the track.

Skipper Stone opted to open with the father and son combination of Ed and Andy ‘Gamesmaster’ Martin, and it to say the pair started well was an understatement. Well, Andy started very well, Ed couldn’t hit it off the square!

It didn’t matter though as Andy’s scoring rate was phenomenal, hitting his 50 off 30 balls while Martin senior was still on 6! In fact the pair had put on over hundred before Ed was bowled by A. Phillips for 21 leaving Andy ‘The Good Life’ Rock to join his namesake for 2 balls before he was bowled by a slower delivery from that man Phillips again.

Martin Jr was playing a supreme innings of hard hitting and superb timing, and made his way through the nervous nineties quite calmly, before scoring his maiden ton for the club, promptly requiring his dad to phone his mum and tell her!

Unfortunately, he fell on 116, caught at deep long on off the bowling of Watts for a truly great knock and one that had given Kilve over 15 overs to score the last 44 runs.

Will ‘just passed my driving test’ Monro joined Darrell at the crease before Jay snicked behind to the keeper off the bowling of Goss, after scoring 10.

Monro was joined by Payne and together the pair pushed Kilve over the line, with Monro ending on 30 and Payne 2, both red inkers.

It was a very composed chase by the away side, and was aided by a super display of team spirit in the field, including young Jack Hobbs who looked very much a future first team player. After his knock the day was undoubtedly Andrew Martin’s, although he was almost beaten by Rocky with his stunning almost catch off Payne’s bowling. Ask him to tell you about it someday!