Temple Cloud 2nd XI 201-8 v Shapwick & Polden 3rd XI 84 a/o

Temple Cloud 2s got back to winning ways on a wet windy day away at Shapwick on a very green looking batting surface.

Stand in skipper Rich Appleyard lost the toss and was asked to bat first. Alex Comer and Henry Lid opened the batting with a solid partnership before Lids was run out for a good looking 10. This bought Jon Doel to the crease. Comer was next to go, playing on to his off stump for an excellent 43. Next in was Billy Garrett who played well for his 30 before being stumped.

J Doel holed out at long off for 36 as Temple pushed to accelerate the scoreboard. Appleyard scored a quickfire 10 and Curtis struck some lusty blows for 24 not out as Temple closed on a respectable 201-8 off their 40 overs. Special mention must go to Shapwick’s Alistair Birch for his bowling figures of 5-56 from his 8 overs of spin.

The experienced duo of Simon Feaver and Paul Lester opened the bowling for Temple with a fantastic opening spell of swing bowling. This took the game away from Shapwick as they were left reeling at 7 wickets down after 16 overs. Feaver, using his pace to pick up 3-15 and Lester in a hurry to get home with 4-31.

Shapwick tried in vain to win the match as Captain Appleyard junior and J Doel chipped in with a wicket each before Lids finished off the innings with a superb pick up, throw and run out before the heavy rain arrived.

Liam Darlington top scored for Shapwick with 25 before being well caught by Jon Doel.

A solid all round team performance from Temple with contributions from many. Next week sees Temple 2s at home versus Horrington.