December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Topsham St James travelled to table-toppers Whimple looking to continue their fine run of form, which had seen them win four out of the last five matches.
Saints travelled without four of the players that had been part of the previous week’s side that had taken Bridestowe apart.
A pre-match rain storm left the wicket looking moist rendering the toss of the coin crucial to both teams.
Skipper Ross Treleaven won the flip of the coin and invited the hosts to bat.
It was the Saints skipper who used the new ball to devastating effect, claiming the first four wickets with tremendous use of both in and away swing, movement off the seam and pin-point accuracy.
Whimple’s response was to attack with a succession of high-risk shots and this proved their downfall as they slipped to 50-8 before the tail wagged to see them to 108 all out.
Treleaven finished with figures of 4-23 and the support bowling was also very good.
A fiery spell from Nick Horne saw him take 3-20 whilst debut playing Ed Kirby took 2-23 and there was a single wicket for the veteran Charlie Penn.
The fielding was also of the highest order, the highlight being a one-handed catch-of-the-season running backwards off the skipper’s bowling by Nick Crew.
With batting not easy the Saints reply needed to be measured. It was clear that it needed someone to dig in and bat sensibly, learning from Whimple’s mistakes. Topsham got off to the worse possible start as they soon found themselves 23-3. This brought Ed Baxter and Nick Crew to the crease and the pair got their heads down and started to rebuild patiently. They added 43 for the fourth wicket to take the reply to within 40-runs of victory when Baxter was bowled for 26. Crew (25) fell shortly after with 32 runs still to get.
Further wickets fell, but Jim Shepherd (19 no) and Al-Amin Kassam (12 no) put on 35 for the unbroken seventh wicket to see saints home to a four wicket, 18 point success.
This was Topsham St James’ fifth win in six matches and next week they host Kilmington in the race for a top four spot.