Singh bags fivfer as Saints held at Chelston

PUBLISHED: 10:14 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 13:28 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM St James pitched up at a damp Chelston, heartened with the return of the talismanic Jonny Horne.

TOPSHAM St James pitched up at a damp Chelston, heartened with the return of the talismanic Jonny Horne.

Saints skipper Ross Treleaven lost the toss, but saw openers Sam Cooper and Brian Jeary (23), settle in well on what was a very green track.

Tom Richardson had an interesting duel with the home opener and then it was over to Horne and Kam Singh, who both began to strike the ball well before each departed with scores in the high twenties.

Following his promotion from the 2nd XI, Jerram Gosnell, batted excellently for his 32 and, together with Alex Sparkes (48no) broke the club record for the eighth wicket with a stand of 73 as the Saints closed on 241-8 from their 46 overs.

Despite some excellent early success in previous games, there was to be no repeat performance from the Saints strike bowlers and it was left to Adrian Miller to make the breakthrough with one that moved away, caught the edge, and provided a catch for wicket keeper Joe Tomlinson.

It was Kam Singh who took the plaudits with the ball, though, as he returned impressive figures of 5-22 from a dozen overs.

As the reply wore on, it became clear that the hosts were looking to secure the draw rather than chase victory.

Tom Richardson bagged a brace of wickets by tempting the batsmen with some cleverly flighted deliveries and, at the start of the final over, two wickets were required.

Singh bowled it, claimed a victim with the second ball to complete his fivefer but then had just the one ball at the last man who blocked the final delivery of the contest to save his side from defeat and the Saints were forced to settle for a winning draw.

Skipper Treleaven said: "In difficult conditions it was a good all round effort. I do feel that, had one or two of the tighter decisions gone in our favour, then we would have claimed the win our approach to the game deserved."

Next up for the sixth placed Saints is Saturday's home game with second in the table Honiton who have won their last two.

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