Ferraro scores maiden ton as Topsham St James 2nds defeat Exwick
PUBLISHED: 09:50 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:50 23 May 2018
Topsham St James 2nd XI, without a win all last season, now sit proudly on top of the Tolchards Devon League H Division East after another maximum points win, writes Mike Tracey.
Ten-man Exwick were never in the hunt, from the moment that Callum Treleaven, making his way back after a serious shoulder injury, contributed 27 to an opening stand of 78 with Adrian Ferraro.
Phil Kelly (14) and Neil Shillabeer (12) added their contributions, before a whirlwind 68 not out by Ryan Miszka put the icing on the cake.
The cake itself, however, belonged well and truly to Ferraro. Recovering well from a golden duck in the first match of the season, he then recorded a half-century, and this time he topped it off with a maiden ton, finishing on a superbly crafted 107 not out.
If he had not later dropped a catch off son Louie’s bowling, it would have been a perfect day! The Topsham innings closed on a better than a run-a-ball total of 245-3.
In the face of the onslaught, Exwick’s bowlers tried hard, but even the normally reliable Rudi Ellis went for more than five an over. Jamie Rose took 1-31 from his eight overs, but the rest will probably want to forget they were there. Even Ewan Hukku, who took the other two wickets, conceded 51 runs in so doing. None of the bowlers was helped by fallible catching, a failing which Topsham also demonstrated on several occasions.
When Exwick batted, Ellis did demonstrate his reliability, with a combative and well-deserved 61, but he lacked the support necessary to make appreciable inroads into the daunting target.
Bhaski Bhaskaran did well to contribute a determined 34 not out, but nobody else could stay for long, and the innings closed on 172, with just one over to spare.
Young skipper Jack Telford showed the Topsham bowlers how it should be done, with a return of 1 for 17 from his eight overs.
The even younger Abhijit Bhaskaran (no relation) and Jerin Tojy did well to take a couple of wickets apiece, and Louie Ferraro would have done better had it not been for Dad!
Neil Shillabeer also took two, and Ryan Miszka cashed in with the final two wickets from the only five balls he bowled! Behind the stumps, young Alex Collins looked the part, and could well turn out to be the answer to a long-standing Topsham problem.