Temple Cloud 2nd XI 197-1 v Burnham 2nd XI 193-3

It’s always nice to get a win but sometimes it has the edge taken off it.

Both Temple and Burnham were at the wrong end of the table and in the bottom four.   On a lovely day, Temple lost the toss and fielded on what was a good, flat, white surface.

Burnham put together a solid 193 that was probably under par in such batsmen friendly conditions.   Pledge and Feaver went for 24 runs in their highly impressive  16 overs combined.  The other bowlers went for 156 in the remaining 24.

Burnham’s Andy Ashfold was once again left undismissed on 78.

Temple’s reply was effective.  Comer (99) and Haydon (65) put on 150 for the first wicket.  Jon Doel did well to deprive Lord Magna from scoring a ton following Tom’s dismissal.

Burnham really struggled to find 5 bowlers and were considerably under strength.  It was like shooting a very big fish in a tiny barrel.   Almost unpleasant to watch.

Nevertheless, a wins-a-win and we sat on the grass in the sun and celebrated Doul’s 9 runs for several hours, just happy to be playing cricket and drinking beer after a three week lay off.