Fine all-round show sees Topsham St James under-11s to victory.

PUBLISHED: 18:31 29 June 2011

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TOPSHAM St James won their under-11 Pairs match with Thorverton.

Fielding first, the early Saints break through came when Lewis Dack took a wicket with his second delivery! Jay Warren also took a wicket in his first over, as did Matthew Dixon and, with Dean Pym bowling a maiden to round off the first four overs, it left the Thors in all sorts of bother on a score of 99.

Warren, Dack, Dixon and Tom Harding continued to put the batsmen under pressure and at the half-way point Thorverton were on 104. Pym, Harding, Callum Davidson and Lucas Appleton-Pratt then decided it was time to bowl wides, conceding no fewer than eight in the next four overs! Appleton-Pratt stuck at it and claimed two wickets before bagging a third aided for the second time with a smart piece of stumping from Sam Warren and the Thors innings closed with the total on 112.

With the bat, Sam Warren and Lewis Dack began brightly putting on 19 including two cracking boundaries by young Warren. Both Dean Pym and Matthew Dixon lost their wickets, and, at the half-way stage the reply was looking troubled at 126.

Jay Warren and Tom Harding then batted very sensibly picking up singles with some good running between the wickets and taking the score to 139. Despite young Davidson then being bowled, Lucas Appleton-Pratt struck some hefty blows to take Topsham out of sight to finish on 167.

Coach Richard Warren said: “We were guilty of bowling far too many wide balls, which was disappointing after we made such a good start with the ball. But, that is something we can work on in training. We fielded and backed up very well and batted in the main sensibly. Collectively it was another good win and I applaud the efforts of the whole team.”

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