Nine man Saints go so close

PUBLISHED: 09:37 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM St James Sunday XI almost produced a stunning success when they met Ashburton. Playing with just nine men, the Saints fell just 11 runs short in a valiant run chase.

TOPSHAM St James Sunday XI almost produced a stunning success when they met Ashburton.Playing with just nine men, the Saints fell just 11 runs short in a valiant run chase. The home side won the toss and batted, getting off to a flyer putting on 80 runs in the first 10 overs before eventually being bowled out for 188, one ball short of 34 overs.The father and son combination of Richard and Chris Horne were the two bowlers to help apply the brakes mid-innings.Off spinner Horne senior bagged three wickets in a single over and Ollie Devon bagged a brace of wickets towards the close of the innings.The Horne combination, appropriately for Father's Day, opened up the innings for Topsham, but son Chris, after three well-struck boundaries, was clean bowled before really getting into his stride. Jack Richardson came in to accompany Horne senior and the pair took the total to 75 before Horne departed.Cardiff University student Devon then joined Richardson and began to hit the ball to all parts.Richardson went for 36, skipper Johnny Horne helped keep the momentum going but, crucial to the cause was the Devon contribution and, when he was dismissed for 34 the odds on a Saints victory lengthened. Some spirited late order batting by 15-year-old Ryan Clarke (17) and Rupert Pratt (10no) took the reply close to a win but all hope was lost when Clarke was clean bowled off the first ball of the last over to bring to an end a wonderful effort by the nine men.

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