We were always going to be a little up against it in this game with the weather forecast promising rain not long after tea.
Martin won the toss and quite rightly, decided that our only chance of winning was to try and bowl opposition out in good time. The bowlers started well with the vicious pace of Comer keeping the runs down at one end and our Euro all-rounder Jason Head taking wickets at the other. Early in-roads brought the hope of bundling Winscombe out for a relatively low score on a damp track. The ball occasionally dug into the surface and rose steeply making it awkward for the Winscombe batsmen.
The Winscombe inning’s wagon wheel
Fielders on the offside were pretty much redundant for most of the afternoon as straight and leg-side balls were hit to long on and mid-wicket repeatedly. There might have been another line to bowl!
News at Ten with Trevor McDonald – “Dong”
Few highlights to report in the field other than Howie Wilton taking a touch and volleying home for four and the return of Trevor McDonald behind the stumps.
“Wilton ….. 1-0”
Up to teatime, the rain hadn’t been a huge feature and there was a chance we might get the game in.
Chasing 192 we set off reasonably briskly. White departed after making 27 to a good catch at first slip and Alex Comer and Jason Head put on around 100 runs in reasonable time to see us get within 30 runs of our ultimate target. Three or four more overs would have been enough to see us home but by now the rain had become a little steadier.
Not everyone was as keen to stay on the field as the Temple batsmen. Following a superb example of the forward somersaults (with pike) from someone with their daps on – the captains decided that the game would, ultimately, have to come to an end.
Beer – as always – brought a degree of solace … but this felt like one that got away.