Thursday, August 8, 2013
For the third time running, Topsham St. James II and their Cullompton counterparts fought out a high-scoring thriller.
The wicket offered the bowlers some movement when Topsham batted first, and openers Rudi Ellis and Mike Tracey were pinned down by the accurate attack of the visiting bowlers.
Once the Saints pair settled the runs began to flow as they put on a whopping 172 before skipper Tracey was out for 76.
Ellis cruised on to reach 90 before he was bowled in an attempt to up the run-rate and the Saints closed on 242-5.
During the Cullompton reply the Topsham bowlers again struggled to put the ball in the right place often enough.
There was a promising debut with the ball from Martin Porter, and Rudi Ellis was his usual accurate self. Dom Collins took 2-48, but the real star was part-time bowler Lee Solway, who bagged 4-40 in a sustained and hostile spell.
However, try as they did, the Saints were unable to stem the flow of runs and sn and Cullompton eventually sealed victory with three wickets and seven balls remaining.
Tracey said: “It was a disappointing defeat to take. That said, a much-weakened Cullompton side did well to compete, and could not be begrudged their win. Next take on fellow-strugglers Exeter Civil Service – a true battle of the pygmies!”