Thursday, August 1, 2013
Topsham St James hosted fierce rivals Bridestowe on Saturday with both occupying the two places directly above the E Division drop zone.
A massive match for both clubs always seemed likely to be affected by the weather with rain predicted throughout the afternoon.
With the start delayed 20minutes due to a heavy downpour, the match was reduced to 43-overs per side.
Saints lost the toss and were put in, a decision that would ultimately come back to haunt Bridestowe!
A solid start arrived thanks to Charlie Penn hitting a bullish 40 out of the first 50 runs scored.
When he and Brian Jeary both fell in quick succession the mantle was taken up by Nick Horne and Ed Baxter, the latter promoted from his number ten berth the previous week.
These two combined superbly, Horne’s dynamic style complemented by Baxter’s ability to find the singles and keep the board ticking over.
The pair put on 139 for the third wicket, Baxter hitting 41 and Horne 83 off just 64 balls.
Nick Crew (34) and Chris Horne (41) plundered 50 between them in just four overs before Joe Thomlinson polished the innings of with an unbeaten 38 from only 14 deliveries. There were 130 runs scored in the final 13 overs taking the Saints to a close of 331-8.
With rain falling the reply was hit by some fine Saints bowling and half the Bridestowe side were returned to the pavilion with 46 on the board thanks to Ross Treleaven (2-24) and Dan Armstrong (1-28). The change bowlers, Chris Horne, Joe McShane and Nick Crew each bagged a wicket and there was run-out effected by keeper Thomlinson with a direct hit as the reply floundered to a close of 161-7.
Next up for upwardly mobile Saints is a trip to new E Division leaders Whimple.