Thursday, August 1, 2013
Topsham St James II returned from the long journey to Filleigh with a completed game under their belts, despite the rain, but only seven points from yet another defeat, writes Mike Tracey.
They were unlucky to come up against Dominic Ford, playing his first game for Filleigh, and clearly a first team player of the immediate future!
He smashed 122 and looked in a different class from everybody else. He was well supported by Harley Ashdown (31) and young Alun Sullivan, who struck a hard-hit 49 not out. Annabelle Squire contributed an attractive 18 not out. A whopping 31 wide’s did not help Topsham’s cause, as the Filleigh innings closed on 291-7.
The Topsham bowlers all tried hard, but it was perhaps significant that Mike Davison (2-41) , who had not bowled for some years previously, looked as good as anybody with the exception of Jon Hull, who bowled an aggressive opening spell and deserved better than 1-30 off his nine overs.
The other wicket-takers were Dom Collins (2-45) and Claire Thomas, playing against her father’s old club, who took 2-61.
Fifteen-year-old Martin Porter took a neat stumping, and generally kept very tidily despite the wayward bowling.
When Topsham batted, they came up against an England opening bowler in 15-year-old Milly Squire, who bowled with true international quality. She was well supported by her siblings, Annabelle and Ollie, and by father Dave, who took an excellent catch and even claimed the last wicket for himself.
The leading wicket-takers though were from outside the Squire family, in the shapes of youngsters Louis Stephenson (3-51) and Emily Ward, who took 2-10 in her five overs.
Against this barrage of young talent, Topsham were all out for 191. Saad Choudhary (40) and Jon Hull (37) led the way with some strong hitting, and they were well supported by Claire Thomas, with a classy 35.
Nobody else managed more than 15, although young Tom McShane looked the part, and everybody tried hard.
This week Topsham St James face Cullompton, to whom they lost by 6 runs in a 626 run thriller earlier in the season. Time for revenge?