Skipper unhappy with shot selection.
PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:10 10 June 2010
TOPSHAM St James suffered a set-back in their push for promotion with a very poor batting performance against Kenn at Bonfire Field.
TOPSHAM St James suffered a set-back in their push for promotion with a very poor batting performance against Kenn at Bonfire Field.Having been asked to bat on a flat, low pitch, Topsham started poorly with new signing Mike Davison being bowled in the third over for a duck. Wickets fell quickly and it was left to skipper Brian Bosomworth to try and revive the floundering innings when Topsham were on 39 for 5, the score reached 56 when Bosomworth fell for 21, again looking set for a large score. It was only Vice Captain Jamie Wyman who came in and made a quickfire 22 to help Topsham reach a poor 96 all out.In reply, Kenn started brightly and aggressively and, apart from Brian Bosomworth taking an early wicket and 15 year old Alexander Sparkes taking a wicket with the first ball of his spell, Kenn coasted to victory with some 26 overs to spare in the contest.Topsham St James skipper Brian Bosomworth said: "This was certainly a day to forget at the office. We batted poorly on what was a superb batting track, as Kenn showed when they batted. You have to post at least 160 in this division to have any chance of victory. What disappointed me today was the way a good eight of our batsmen got themselves out with poor shot selection and this also included myself at a time when I was well set. Kenn, to their credit, bowled well and fully deserved the win on the day and were far the better team. That said we will not dwell on this result, but will move on to our next match at Culmstock , following a planned training session this coming Thursday against the club's bowling machine. We do need to address the problems that came to the fore in what was an inept collective show with the bat. We are better than that performance and I have no doubt that we will see the real deal again on Saturday.