Horne nails first century of the season as Saints land big Sunday League success.

PUBLISHED: 21:11 22 June 2011

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Topsham St James fielded a young side for their latest South Devon League game but the team delivered the goods, producing an excellent all round display.

Shaldon Optimists played host to Topsham St James who travelled with a young team, but Captain Kam Singh has faith in the youngsters at Topsham.

For the first time this season Topsham lost the toss and were put into bat on a damp track, the usual opening partnership of Sam Cooper and Kam Singh didn’t last long.

Cooper was unfortunate to be bowled as the ball skidded low and hit the base of the stumps.

Then stepped in young Tom Richardson who has been in great batting form this season,. However, he misread a short ball, tried to pull, got the top edge and was gone without troubling the Scorers.

Saad Choudhary was quick to follow Tom back to the Pavilion as he was caught at Cover, and then stepped in the more experienced Brian Jeary. Singh and Jeary tried to get some sort of partnership going until Jeary was caught-and-bowled by Tufnell.

So, at 46-4 Topsham was reeling, but then came the innings that changed the game completely. Singh and Jonny Horne played themselves in, hitting the bad ball to the boundary ropes and picking of singles to keep the score ticking over. Singh soon moved on to another 50 landmark for the season and Horne quickly followed. Singh was caught at Deep Midwicket trying one too many shots and was out for a respectable 66 off 72 deliveries.

The pair had put on a club SDCL record for the 5th wicket of 113 runs. However Horne carried on playing his shots and brought up his first century for this season and kept going, finishing on a magnificent 123no off 77 deliveries, which included fourteen 4s and six 6s. Topsham closed on 229 for 8.

The opening bowlers for Topsham bowled well to no avail as the Shaldon batsmen both got themselves in. It took 16-year-old Paul Martin to bowl a gem to dismiss Todd Ballman for 47.

The batsmen kept going picking runs and boundaries, and at the drinks break Singh took off the keeping gloves preparing himself to bowl later on.

Shaldon were playing well and at one point they needed just over 9 an over with plenty of wickets in hand, so Singh and Horne bowled in tandem to restrict the run-rate and took wickets at regular intervals.

Singh finished off his 7 over spell taking 4-36, and there was even time for 13-year-old Inder Singh to take a wicket by clean bowling his counterpart.

This was a great win for a young and ever-improving Topsham St James side whose next challenge is back-to-back fixtures against Stoke Gabriel.

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