Temple Cloud 2nd XI won for the second game in succession under vice captain Rich Appleyard.
Winning the toss and batting first on the best track of the season so far always looked like a good decision on a roasting hot summers afternoon at Temple’s picturesque Stowey Road ground.
University friends Tom Haydon and Toby Ingram opened up for Temple looking to set a solid platform. Unfortunately Ingram miss timed a straight drive high into the air to be caught and bowled easily by Parsons for 4 runs.
Skipper Appleyard looked to lead from the front promoting himself to bat at number 3. Riding his luck and taking risks paid off in the end despite being dropped on at least four occasions as he finished with his top score of the season so far, run out for 83. This unselfish approach was backed up well by opener Tom Haydon who started slowly but soon accelerated through his 50 and 100 to score a stylish swashbuckling 127 excellently caught by Mortimer in the 38th over out of 40.
A tanned George Veater flown in especially for the game from Croatia ran, hurried and scurried well at the end of the innings to finish with a quick fire 22 leaving Temple on 265 for 3 at the tea interval.
Horrington, who were top of the league knew they had to start well to have a chance of overcoming Temple’s large total to stay top of the league. Runs and extras proved easy to come by for the first few overs as Horrington got themselves ahead of the 6.6 run rate.
Slowly but surely Temple’s bowlers found their line and length as Ingram, Appleyard R and Flinders all bowled tight spells.
The pressure was on Horrington’s openers to keep up with the run rate as Temple kept it tight with their mix of athletic youth and ancient experience in the field.
Postman Billy Garrett delivered two excellent deliveries knocking the bails off to get Temple right back into the game. Pick of the batsmen was T Wood who scored 60 opening the batting. A lightning fast stumping and run out by Nick ‘the cat’ Campbell increased the pressure still further. George Veater took a fantastic cloud high catch out on the boundary as Horrington pushed for the win.
In the end Horrington came up 22 runs short as Temple won a great game to move up a place to 6th position in the league.
Next weeks league game sees Wembdon 3rd XI visit Temple cloud for a 1:30 start, any spectators welcome. Nets practice on Thursday at 6pm, all welcome