This was the best wicket we had seen at Cheddar CC in recent years. 160 would have represented a decent 1st innings score it was felt.
Temple won the toss and took the opportunity to insert the opposition. Club doyen, Steve Curtis, wouldn’t see the second XI take the field with 10, so he manfully took to the paddock nursing his broken back.
Thoughtfully, the captain of the day put him where he would field the ball at least twice an over thus forcing him to bend and stretch out the medical curiosity that is the Curtis lower back.
Doel and Flinders opened with the new ball. Straight bowling and cautious batting meant for a tight start. Out of nowhere, Wilton H performed an act of circus quality dexterity to see the unfortunate Cheddar opener depart the scene. At one point Wilton was horizontal like an ironing board as he grabbed the chest high drive.
Cheddar rapidly accelerated via the statuesque Tullett who smote the ball to all parts of the recreation ground. Some of the hits were huge. Thankfully, he too was suffering with a bad back which he claimed curtailed his exploits. Every over at least, he attempted something injudicious and got away with it. Rich Appleyard dismissed him with a good in-ducker to get us back in the game.
In fact, Temple began to turn the screw at this point through Feaver and both Appleyards to restrict Cheddar to a below par 140.
The Cheddar tea resembled an old fashioned Temple ‘brown’ spread with not a morsel of nourishment nor colour. The more we ate, the more of it appeared in front of us. At the end we could, once again, fill twelve baskets with the remnants of this delicious biblical, brown epic.
The plan was to ensure we bat the overs out. Doel and Wilton planked out the opening Cheddar assault complete as it was with its fair share of ‘Sharpham Shooters’.
Doel and Wilton got us off to a start but we were left lurching slightly at around 50-2 which was a little precarious on this wicket. Lidington and Appleyard R batted increasingly well to get us close to the target. Appy saw us home with just under 3 overs to go, in reasonably comfortable fashion.
A rare win at Cheddar is never to be sniffed at, on to Wembdon at home next week.