Apart from the toss, which was lost as usual, most things went well for the Temple 2nd XI on this slightly chilly, but bright, league Saturday.
Despite the usual availability issues, Temple still managed to field a very competitive XI without Rich Appleyard, Nick Campbell, Alex Comer, Jon Doel, Simon Feaver, Spike Wilton and Toby Ingram – all regular contributors to recent Temple 2nd XIs.
The ground was a picture, outfield neatly manicured and square and wicket even better. The wicket had been used a few times before and was predicted, by the curator, to get a little lower and slower as the day went on.
Rich Nicholl and Tom Haydon opened up against the predictably accurate Russett and Humberstone. The score reached 40 or so before Haydon chipped lazily (he denies this) to square leg. Nicholl followed 10 runs later in the same way – though the good work of blunting the accurate Cheddar opening pair had been banked.
Billy Garrett and Simon White came together and put on 148 for the third wicket. Garrett played sensibly, building his innings. White gradually increased the pace of his knock as he supported Garret’s increasingly impressive and destructive hitting. Billy ended on 74 with 8 x 4s and 2 x 6s.
Both Garrett and White departed within 10 runs of one another.
On 180, following Garrett’s departure, Temple lost Wilton, Appleyard and Lester for no additional score.
Ian Appleyard, understandably annoyed with his forthcoming loss of EU subsidy, was bravely given out by new member Rich Nicholl. Appy later disclosed that his position was as a defenceless as Theresa May in front of the 1922 Committee. Appy was rightly sent on his way by Umpire Nicholl for a chastening first baller. Appy would later take his revenge.
Gary Hunt and Steve Curtis did a good job adding some crucial extra runs to take Temple to 197. Steve whipped his first ball for four down the hill to the nets and later, a well timed swipe for 6 into the pavilion adding highly valuable runs.
Temple’s new boy, Rich Nicholl (37) came in down the hill and quickly blew away any lingering cobwebs with a lively opening burst. Up the hill, Paul Lester, our second youngest player (38) bowled a very economical and well directed spell of 8 overs. Thanks to our youth policy, Cheddar were beginning to fall behind the rate. Tom Haydon bowled a decent length too in his 7 overs, bagging the important wicket of Creaser.
In the middle of the innings, big Appy carried on delivering wickets and finished with 3 for 33. Equally, Polly Flinders bowled 8 tidy overs for 33. All the time, Cheddar will falling a little behind.
A diving catch by Wilton sent tremors of concern through the Cheddar changing room and also through Tsunami alert stations in various Southern Hemisphere ocean areas. Apologies to all who were inconvenienced.
In order to accommodate some overs from Billy Garrett, Thomas Haydon donned the gloves wearing West Indian headwear. Even at 5’ 5”, the ground is a long way down when you are keeping wicket. Any criticism of wicket keeping performances into the future are not likely to emanate from the Garrett or Haydon corners.
Thomas “Jujon” Haydon
Some hard swiping from Phillimore got Cheddar back in the game briefly, before an excellent catch on the boundary by Steve Curtis, in front of his adoring fans and groupies, ended Cheddar’s hopes.
Temple went on to win well and leave the team, like the first XI, top of the division.