Brian's hat-trick cannot force win
PUBLISHED: 10:01 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:03 10 June 2010
TOPSHAM St James skipper Brian Bosomworth nearly pulled off a shock victory for his team following his hat- trick at Bonfire Field when his side was defending a modest total of 167 for 9.
TOPSHAM St James skipper Brian Bosomworth nearly pulled off a shock victory for his team following his hat- trick at Bonfire Field when his side was defending a modest total of 167 for 9. After being asked to bat, the hosts lost Alex Bosomworth with just 15 on the board but Nick Horne (44) and Ross Treleaven (24) steadied the ship and there was a late cameo from John Richarsdon that enabled the home side to eventually close on a competitive 167.In reply, Filleigh started brightly and were soon racking up the runs at 40 without loss.Then, veteran spinner Dave Vranch picked up 2 quick wickets whilst Charlie Penn, once again bolwing superbly, also bagged a brace.However, at 130-5, with 38 required by the visitors to claim the win home skipper Bosomworth picked up the ball.He claimed a wicket almost immediately when son Alec, behind the stumps, held a regulation catch, and the very next delivery he bowled a straight one that rattled the pads sufficiently for the umpire to raise his finger.The hat-trick ball was a superb inswinging yorker that flattened the stumps and the second hat-trick of Bosomworth's career was in the book!Sadly, the treble could not inspire a home win for it was the North Devon side's skipper who held his nerve to ensure that it was his team celebrating a narrow two wicket win at the close.Bosomworth said: "This was a truly great match to have been a part of. We batted with more determination today which was pleasing against an opening bowler who is quicker than anything I feel we shall face this term. It was nice to get a hat-trick but I would prefer the win and points rather than have personal achievements.
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