Saints slip up at Cullompton and the promotion dream is over for another year

PUBLISHED: 20:03 11 August 2010

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Topsham St James have seen the end of another promotion chase as they were beaten for a second successive Saturday, losing at Landspeed Meadow, Cullompton, by six wickets.

TOPSHAM St James travelled to Cullompton looking to bounce back from their recent disappointments.

The Saints pitched up at Landspeed Meadow seeking a victory that would launch them back into the promotion picture, but, by stumps, the promotion dreams look over for another season.

Some superb Cullompton seam bowling on a wicket that gave plenty of encouragement to the seamers, saw the Saints reduced to 64-6. Jonny Horne and Alex Sparkes then began operation innings recovery and put on 60 with Horne, rediscovering his form with a typically aggressive 65 off 51 balls, and it left the innings closing on 134 and allowing the Topsham attack to have something to bowl at!

Sadly, by the time the Saints got out to bowl the pitch had flattened out considerably and, with Cullompton batting through till tea without losing a wicket, the pressure was really on the visitors.

Only Adrian Miller and Antony Thekkepalakkal had any sort of success, Miller picking up 3 - 43 and Thekkepalakkal bagging one wicket but deserving more with an impressive spell of spin bowling but the hosts got home with six wickets to spare.

Non playing, 1st XI skipper Ross Treleaven, who continues to sit the matches out owing to in jury, but who is ever present to support his side, said: “Sadly, it was an important toss to win and Cullompton therefore had a huge advantage. That said I was delighted with the attitude and commitment in the field, it was excellent throughout and I would certainly hope we can return to winning ways this coming weekend when we face Cheriton Fitzpaine.”

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