Father and son in great partnership.

PUBLISHED: 09:09 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM St James 2nd XI had to settle for a winning draw when they came up against a stubborn rear guard action by Axminster III on Saturday afternoon.

TOPSHAM St James 2nd XI had to settle for a winning draw when they came up against a stubborn rear guard action by Axminster III on Saturday afternoon.

The Bonfire Field hosts batted first and began with a new opening pairing of John Richardson and his younger son, 13-year-old Tom.

The partnership proved to be a great success as they put on 138 runs before John was out for 60.

Tom followed a few overs later for an excellent 69 and the next three batsmen, 15 year-old Ryan Clarke (17), Jerram Gosnell (18) and 14 year-old Mark Hattersley (14 not out), all chipped in to see the side to the 5th and final batting point at 200-5 from their 46 overs at the wicket.

In reply, Axminster set off well and reached 41 before they lost their first wicket.

After this, there was a quick flurry to bring them to 62-5 when their opening batsman and top scorer, skipper Peter Kiy, was finally dismissed for 33.

Unfortunately, although Topsham managed to restrict the runs to such an extent that Axminster did not reach the two-thirds necessary for the Losing Draw, they were unable to take the last wicket with Axminster finishing on 121 for 8.

The most successful bowler for the Saints was skipper Tom Cooper who, leading by example, sent down 13 overs, three of which were maidens and returned figures of 4-25.

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