Thursday, August 15, 2013
Topsham St James 1st XI claimed another superb success when they defeated visiting Kilmington by two wickets.
The seventh success of the league season keeps the Saints on course for a top four finish which would represent quite a turnaround in fortunes given they sat in the bottom two just six weeks ago!
Batting first the visitors were bowled out in the 44th over for 227.
Nick Horne took 3-38 from eight overs whilst there were two wickets each for Dan Armstrong, Joe McShane and Brain Jeary, the latter blowing a visiting batsman on 99, a run shy of a maiden senior century!
Ed Kirby picked up the other wicket to fall.
In reply Topsham got off to a slow start on an increasingly wet track owing to the arrival of a light drizzle.
After 17 overs the chase stood at 39-2 with both Charlie Penn (9) and Brian Jeary (10) back in the hutch.
They were joined soon after by Alex Sparkes (20) at 44-3.
However, Nick Horne was joined by 14-year-old Jim Shepherd and the pair took the total to 102-4 after 29 overs when the youngster was dismissed for nine.
Joe Thomlinson was in and out without troubling the scorers, but Matt Williams joined Horne and the put on 88 before Horne was finally out after hitting a splendid 79-ball 110 including 18 fours and two sixes.
Williams (21 off 27 balls) fell shortly after, but skipper Ross Treleaven (13 off 11 balls) together with Joe McShane, steered the team to within five runs of victory when he was out with seven balls remaining.
This target was achieved with three balls to play with McShane not out 15 from 11 balls faced.