The 2nd XI played their first home game of the 2017 the season against Leigh on Mendip. The ground looked fabulous and it was clear from the outset that Temple would need to post a substantial score to give themselves a chance on a first rate batting surface and fast paced outfield. The innings started in relatively tentative fashion with the opening pair of Jacob Gale and Alex Comer reaching 29-0 off 9 overs. Comer batted studiously in his full length woollen jumper despite the warm, early May sunshine.
Unusually, Comer appeared to carry no injury whatsoever in this game which is much to this correspondent’s pleasure as I have backed him to pick up his first hamstring injury in game three of the season.
If cricket or banking do not pay off as career options for Alex, it may be possible that a stint as a podium dancer could be in the offing for him and even captain Martin. With just a little encouragement from the local swarm of bees, both Martin, and Alex in particular, engaged in a supreme demonstration of international discotheque dancing to fend off the angry invaders. This exposition would have graced any disco inferno from the 70s and added significantly to the merriment of the huge crowd that had gathered in the Steve Curtis Members’ Pavilion. Busting some mean shapes in between some well judged fours and long singles, Comer cruised his way to a chanceless century. With support from White (22), Haydon (45) and Wilton (10), Comer notched 106 and took Temple to 228-3. With the pitch playing well, this score seemed to be around par – which with three bowlers missing from last week’s game, the Temple bowling effort would need to be strong.
Tea was a feast of brown and yellow foodstuffs in between innings with not a single item of any nutritious value to be found on a table heaving with fat and calories. An excellent array of meat sandwiches and cherry cake was enjoyed by everyone except the team vegetarian. Pretty much perfect preparation for a tough slog in the field!
In reply, Leigh’s opener (B Gould) hit an excellent 106 not out to take Leigh to a well deserved victory. Temple’s bowlers laboured on a flat deck, including new member Paul Lester. Paul was seen engaging in a loving embrace with his partner in the members’ area during the Temple Cloud innings, much to the surprise of the gathered throng. This activity appeared to have sapped Paul of his energy and pace half way through his bowling spell after tea. This incident needs to be reflected on by Paul as the season progresses. Clearly, overt shows of affection do not assist his cricket and he really will need to consider refinements to his in-game routine in future weeks.
The match however could have easily swung in Temple’s direction had Thomas Haydon managed to pouch a return catch off Gould from his own bowling. Haydon did get his just desserts later in the evening as he had to go home immediately after the game finished to be the responsible adult as his teenage daughter held a sleepover for her friends. One can only hope that this ruined Thomas’s evening in the same way that he ruined Temple Cloud 2nd XI’s afternoon by dropping a dolly catch off Leigh’s opening batsman. Haydon also left without paying his subs which forms a substantial element of the disciplinary proceedings which will take place immediately before next Saturday’s home game versus Cheddar 2nd XI. Volunteers are asked to arrive early for this game to construct a sturdy set of gallows in advance of the hearing presided over by Supreme Justice, Lord Nicholas ‘Cat’ Campbell.
At least we had a warm shower to look forward to after the game. No we didn’t – Martin forgot to turn on the water heater. Only those born outside of Somerset braved the cool Mendip waters.
To celebrate his century, Alex bought a cider jug and wore clothes from the 70’s to remind us of his epic disco performance in the afternoon. We also had a power outage for 20 minutes to add to the true ’70s feel and to top off a fairly dismal afternoon for the 2nd XI who have recorded precisely zero wins from the opening two matches of the season.