Just like clockwork, the Temple ground team has risen from its winter hibernation and been seen ‘making busy’ on the hallowed turf.
Pre-season work on the square and outfield has really paid off this year with an excellent grass cover to be found on the square. A good mix of wind, rain and sun combined with well-timed scarification, aeration, fertilising, rolling and cutting sees the playing surface well on track for our first games in early May.
Thanks too, to the happy band of members who turned up on Saturday 13/4 to bleach, scrub and clean the clubhouse and to those who put up the sight screens and covers. We are pretty much ready to go for our first games.
This work follows on from our successful winter nets and the club’s first quiz night of the year on 13th April 2019.
Captain Kevin Curtis lifted the Somerset Intermediate Cup on Sunday 5th August after a well deserved victory against Street CC.
Images taken from the live stream, kindly supplied by Somerset Cricket Board:
After a very tight opening spell from Simon Mahoney and Chris Diaper, Street were never able to build a challenging enough score on what was, by now, a well used Taunton strip.
Good back-up bowling and regular wickets from Andrew Mortimer, Rob Head and Miles Hackett limited Street to 125 in their 20 overs.
Belligerence from Hackett at the top of the innings saw Temple get off to a flying start.
The loss of Miles and run out of Andrew Mortimer brought the Curtis brothers together in the middle of Temple’s reply. Simon continued to bat patiently and Captain Kevin took advantage of anything loose.
Simon’s departure brought wicket keeper Courtney Forrest to the crease to join Kevin.
The runs were knocked off in relative comfort in the final over with 3 balls to spare, much to the delight of those who could travel as well as those watching the live feed provided courtesy of Somerset Cricket Board.
Thanks to Somerset County Cricket Club for hosting and all who contributed to making this a special day for everyone involved.
All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. The programme is delivered across England and Wales at over 1,500 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres. It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment.
All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.
- Eight one-hour sessions, held over eight weeks
- Emphasis on fun and being active
- Focus on developing your child’s movement skills
- Great first introduction to cricket
- Safe and fully accredited
- Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too
- Opportunities to meet England Cricket superstars
- Easy online registration
By registering for All Stars Cricket, your child will be guaranteed eight weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development. The programme is suitable for all children new to cricket and sport as the sessions are designed to teach the basic
skills of the game. Every child will earn stars as the weeks progress that match the skills learned during the programme:
- Batting – hitting a moving ball
- Throwing – underarm and overarm
- Catching – small and large balls
- Bowling – overarm
- Running – lots of movement
- Teamwork – fun games with friends
- Communication – the basics of cricket
- Spirit of Cricket – how to respect others
In your child’s pack
Every child that registers for the All Stars Cricket programme will receive a bonus participant pack, including:
- Cricket bat
- Cricket ball
- Personalised shirt with name
- Water bottle
The season may be over but the when the final delivery has been bowled this signals the start of preparations for the 2019 season.
Father Hayne, Tim Raisbeck and Steve Curtis have been hard at it, scarifying, fertilising, re-seeding and adding loam (not necessarily in that order). Add in a considerable amount of tidying up and storing away of kit, benches, nets and then readers will understand that this is no easy task.
Estimates suggest that it takes around 20 hours for a 1st XI pitch to be ready from first cut to final white line. That’s a lot of hours to get each pitch ready for play!
Thanks very much to our team of curators from all TCCC players.
We’re proud to welcome the second year of the Temple Cloud Cricket School, weekly one hour coaching sessions for 4 – 15 year old boys and girls of any ability. If you’ve ever thought about trying cricket at a friendly club with a great atmosphere then come on down! Continue reading “Temple Cloud Cricket School”