U11 v MSN – July 2017

MSN U11s Vs TCCC U11s

Temple Tigers continued their league campaign with a visit to top of the table and run away league leaders Midsomer Norton. Captained for the first time this season by Tom, the Tigers, un-flustered or concerned with their opponents lofty position took to the field full of enthusiasm and noisy encouragement for one another – marshalled once again by the ever patient Father Hayne.

Midsomer Norton’s first two pairs blitzed the ball all over the park and try as they might Temple’s bowlers weren’t quite able to recapture the form that saw them bowl so well in their earlier victory at Beckington & Rode. It should be noted at this point that no one bowled badly, it was more a case of coming up against a team who were all at the end of their age group, slightly stronger, definitely taller and with obviously more experience.

Charlie Love did a sterling job behind the stumps with a special mention to Jessie who managed an excellent impression of “Ronaldo”. Unfortunately, stopping a howitzer from her own bowling with her left shin left her a little shaken and with a bruise bigger than an 8oz rib eye steak coming up – she left the field for a well earnt rest .

As indicated earlier, everyone bowled well. Tom took his first wicket which was sadly missed by Grandad (Dave) who appeared to watching the seagulls swooping down into the ground after being disturb from roosting by a lone dog walker. Finn Comer produced a good line and length also taking another wicket. Ned threw his usual little “Bombs” skyward in an effort to bamboozle his counterpart at the opposite end. Will Lake, Tristan, Isla, Anya, Rufus and Finn all did well and kept going despite the barrage thrown at them by the home side. Norton 306 after their 20 overs.

Tom and Will Lake opened the batting for the Tigers followed by Finn and Jessie (who had now recovered from her earlier argument with the ball) Isla and Anya made up the third duo with Tristan and Rufus following on. Once again the difference in size and age was apparent and Norton’s target was never really in danger. Finn and Charlie with Ned and Mitchell made up the final two batting pairs. With a flurry of late wickets, Norton ran out worthy winners and in doing so became league Champions – well done to them from us all at TCCC.

The Tiger’s spirits were lifted again at the end of the match thanks once again to Molly who after running herself ragged in the field returned with a tin full of chocolate brownie. Coach H sampled two slices and came to the conclusion that a third wouldn’t have gone amiss, however Father Hayne pointed out that Coach H’s running between the wickets in Temple 2nd’s defeat to Leigh On Mendip over the weekend had been less than impressive and as a result and in order to increase his speed between the stumps it would be advisable to cut out the cakes and look at dieting so the third slice was passed over.

Well done to all concerned with another successful match night under our belts. Thanks again to the great support from all the parents who travelled in numbers and seemed to pretty much take over the patio area , oddly enough in front of the bar , I wonder why?

Nets and Presentation BBQ this Thursday , no cost to anyone , so please do come along.

Up the Cloud!