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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Topsham St James fielded two teams in their recent Under-13 Girls Festival held at their Bonfire Field home, writes Andy Baylis.
The Under-13s won two and lost one, seeing off Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary before being edged out by a margin of six runs by Torquay in the final of a well supported event.
The Under-11s went down in all three of their games, but did exceptionally well playing as they were two years below the age group.
The day got off to a difficult start for the younger side as they began with a match against a strong Torquay outfit who were to go on and win the competition outright.
Torquay posted a good total of 262 which was just too many for the inexperienced Topsham youngsters.
Lucy Harding was excellent with the ball however, and teamed up with Flo Forster to make the highest score of any of the TSJ pairs.
In their second game the Under-11s faced Chagford and were unfortunate to lose by a single run.
Excellent bowling from Maddie Holifield and Megan Jones was not enough to see the girls to victory.
In their final match against Paignton they fell short by quite a few runs. However, the results should not overshadow the achievements and improvements made by all of the girls on the day.
The Under-13s were more successful and managed to reach the final where they lost by six runs to Torquay.
The final was notable for some excellent batting and bowling from Jojo Baylis and an extremely tight spell of bowling from Sophia Pym.
On their way to the final the girls overcame Ottery St Mary with significant batting contributions from Maddie Ross, Harriet Oliver, Annie McShane and Anna Lamb whilst Jojo Baylis was again excellent with the ball.
The other victory came against Sidmouth who they managed to dominate from the outset particularly with the ball.