Bowker stars as Saints win first game of season
PUBLISHED: 09:30 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 July 2015
Topsham St James IIs won for the first time this season in a tight encounter with local rivals Kenn at Bonfire Field.
The two teams were both without a victory this season heading into the game, so something had to give!
Batting first, Saints made the worst possible start, losing two early wickets for just three runs! Acting captain Neil Argyle and Sam Bowker began a recovery and took the total to 81 before Argyle fell for 32.
Clare Pym joined 15-year-old Bowker at the wicket and the pair added 79 for the fourth wicket with the youngster hitting a superb 66 and Pym chipping in with 37.
Once the partnership was ended wickets fell at regular intervals to a conclusion of the innings at 178-9.
The new ball duties for Topsham were handed to youngsters Sam Warren and Sam Bowker, but despite a couple of lively spells, no wickets were forthcoming.
However, the change of bowling brought a change of fortune as Clare Pym and Alex Davison struck in quick succession with Matt Crawford taking the two excellent catches to give the Saints the breakthrough they needed.
Kenn batsmen dug deep and they worked themselves well into the game. The pendulum was swinging the way of the visitors Sam Warren held a fine catch in the deep to get rid of the free-scoring Kenn batsman before his brother Jay Warren took his first league wicket with a sharp return catch off his own bowling.
The young openers returned to the attack and both picked up a wicket, one of them down to a Maddie Ross catch and suddenly Kenn were 144-6.
The next to be given the ball was 14-year-old Lucas Appleton-Pratt, making his league debut, and he showed no signs of nerves as he sent down 3.3 overs to finish with the outstanding figures of 4-8 to see Topsham St James to a 12 run success with three balls of the contest remaining!
In what was an excellent all-round display, the highlights for the winners was the magnificent batting from young Sam Bowker, a hat-trick of catches by safe hands Matt Crawford and some disciplined bowling throughout the side.
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