Horne power too much for Shaldon

PUBLISHED: 14:06 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 14:06 29 June 2010




TOPSHAM St James marked the half way point of their season with a comprehensive home win over one time E Division table toppers Shaldon.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat on what looked to be a superb Bonfire Field batting track. They got off to a flying start before the introduction into the home attack of Nicko Horne who claimed three quick wickets to leave the visitors reeling on 51-3.

Kam Singh then got in on the act and, with half their side back watching from the sidelines, Shaldon had just 71 on the board.

The visitors rallied but, shortly after posting three figures on the score board, two more wickets fell one to the returning Adrian Miller and the other to Dave Vranch’s first ball for the 1st XI in 2010!

There was another period of Shaldon recovery and, with some big hitting and intelligent running between the wickets; they were able to close on a respectable 210.

The run chase was begun by the ever-steady partnership of Tom Richardson and Matt Williams, and there were 42 runs on the board before the first wicket fell. Topsham were 42 before the first wicket fell. Nicko Horne then pushed the run rate along with a quick 26 before being sharply stumped.

This brought Sam Skinner to the wicket and, after the departure of Williams, he was joined by Jonny Horne.

Skinner, seeing the way that Horne was both timing his shots and striking the ball, began to play a clever innings whereby he constantly looked to get his partner on strike.

The ploy worked to great effect as the pair added a priceless 63 before Skinner fell.

Horne continued with his patented form of big hitting and earned the century he has deserved for the last few weeks closing out the game with an unbeaten 113 from just 72 balls faced as the Saints claimed a six wicket win.

Next up for Ross Treleaven’s side is Saturday’s trip to Newton St Cyres who won last weekend to stop a run of six straight defeats.

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