Probably best if we just stick to the highlights this week. Competition at tea was fierce as both teams queued in orderly fashion to sample Mrs Dubb’s locally renowned ‘Ginger Sticky Ring’. It’s fair to say that it did not disappoint and had members of both teams queuing for more. I thought we’d never get out to the second innings such was the energy expended at tea time – for some it was too much and they collapsed in a hot, sweaty mess.
Some 2nd XI members were overcome to see colour on the tea table (other than brown). Plates resembled something that you might pick up at Henley regatta in one of the delicately furnished tea tents. Teas at Temple will be top of the league this year!
Captain White improved his tossing record and decided to take advantage of the blameless early May surface. A comfortable first four overs suggested a decent 1st innings total.
Comer retired hurt following a niggle to his back which saw him cross the boundary line like a 80 year old with poor mobility. Haydon started tentatively but gradually eased into a fluent knock with good cuts, drives and nibbles to leg.
White departed needlessly lofting a drive to the wide long on boundary and Temple were effectively 40-3. Ingram edged a cut behind and the future looked grim.
Appleyard, like Haydon, looked awkward initially but soon found his form to build a good partnership with the former Iranian president. From here on wickets were lost regularly and Temple limped to 138.
- Fin faces her first ball.
A possible daughter and father first entered the scorebook as Comer A and Comer S (aka Fin) partnered for the final wicket.
Tea did lots for the pleasure centres of the brain but added nothing to aid Temple’s already diminished athleticism. The list of lame fielders, allied to the lack of movement in the majority due to the advancement of time meant that it was like setting the field in a six a side competition at times. Thank goodness for Spike, Harry Pledge, Fin Comer and Appleyard R in the field.
One got the feeling that Cheddar might not have had much in the hutch batting wise but the first three did enough to secure the win.
Good first outings for Pledge, Wilton C and Appleyard bode well for future weeks.
As usual, the showers, the bar and tea proved highlights this week as Temple move on to Wedmore and maybe a post much curry next week.
The view over towards Hinton Blewett (no filter).