McShane takes 'fivefer' as Topsham St James defeat Honiton

PUBLISHED: 20:46 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:46 23 May 2018

A pair of sight screens at a cricket ground

A pair of sight screens at a cricket ground


Topsham St James recorded a splendid 100-run win over Honiton when the sides met to contest Tolchards Devon League E Division East points.

Tops skipper Edd Kirby won the toss and saw the openers parted with the score on 18.

Number three bat, Narender Dhayal joined Aiden Pring and they took the score past 50 before Dhayal departed for 23.

Ross Treleaven took over and the run rate began to accelerate before he was run out by a direct hit and, when Pring was bowled, the Tops were 96-4.

Ed Baxter and Charlie Penn kept the score board moving with Penn hitting 23 off 19 deliveries. The wickets of Matt Garner, Baxter and Joe McShane followed to leave the score 151-8. Edd Kirby and Matt Williams helped push the score closer to 200 with Kirby not out 20 from 18 balls faced as the Tops closed on 183-9. Ross Treleaven and Brian Jeary took the new ball for Topsham, and Treleaven removed one of the openers without scoring. Both bowlers kept it tight, with runs hard to come by. The Saints were made to wait for further wickets, however, but with the score on 25 Jeary found the edge and Baxter took a smart slip catch.

That sparked a flurry of wickets as Garner pouched a catch off Jeary and another edge left Jeary with a third wicket and Honiton were suddenly 29-4. Kirby and McShane took over the bowling and continued to keep things tight with the latter going on to claim a ‘fivefer’ helped by some good catching, with Dhayal holding two at mid-wicket and Williams taking another. Fittingly it was McShane who claimed the final wicket, knocking over the stumps in the process to leave Honiton bowled out for 83. McShanes’ figures were 5-31 and Jeary’s return was 3-15 from nine splendid overs while Treleaven and Kirby produced miserly figures in terms of runs being conceded with Treleaven’s return, 1-15 off nine and Kirby’s, 0-17 off nine.

Topsham skipper Edd Kirby said: “It was another good team performance, even if we were in a bit of trouble at 96-4 and then 151-8. I think it’s testament to how we’re improving as a unit, firstly to set a competitive total and the way we bowled and fielded. Joe [McShane] was the pick of the bowlers but they all bowled superbly, and we’ll go to Exwick on Saturday full of confidence.”

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