Superb Singh leads Topsham St James to huge Sunday league success.

PUBLISHED: 12:18 02 June 2011

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TOPSHAM St James played hosts to Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough in their latest South Devon cricket League match.

The Sunday afternoon game saw the Saints seeking to carry on where they left off with

After winning the toss the Saints opted to make first use of what did look a very healthy batting track. The innings opened with Sam Cooper, who has been in good form recently, and Raj Rao.

Unfortunately, the partnership didn’t last long with Raj, having lost control of a shot, being caught without troubling the Scorers.

Tom Richardson, who was playing with an injury, was also out early, which brought Joe Thomlison to join Cooper and they started to pile the runs on the scoreboard. The score had reached 50 when Thomlinson played down the wrong line and was bowled for a solid 23. This brought Kam Singh to the wicket.

The two stayed in and continued to score runs freely, Cooper going on to score his second successive half century. Singh also reached the 50 mark soon after and the pair put on 96 together before Cooper was caught behind for 68 runs from only 70 balls faced.

This partnership had helped Topsham to a point where, with plenty of batting to come, they could start playing at a high tempo and score quickly.

When Jonny Horne came in to bat he soon hit top gear, making 37 off only 20 balls, including two mammoth sixes. However, he was caught at deep square leg trying to launch another ball over the ropes. Alex Sparkes joined Singh and the two carried on playing their shots. Singh picked off singles when nearing his hundred, but brought up his maiden century by hitting a six. Sparkes was mighty close to yet another early season half century when he was left high and dry at the close of the innings on an unbeaten 48. His knock took up just 24 deliveries faced and saw him thump six 4s and a brace of sixes.

Singh’s magnificent unbeaten 111 at the close included thirteen 4s and five 6s as the Saints closed on a 296 for 5 off their 40 overs.

Ross Treleaven who has been in great bowling form continued that vein by bowling one of the openers for a duck whilst Ben Ward also joined in the action, taking three wickets for seven runs off his three overs.

Then stepped up Raj Rao, who is known more for his batting then his bowling, However, his pace couldn’t be handled by the opposition and blew them away, sending down four overs, three of which were maidens, and he claimed five wickets for just four runs as the reply saw the final wicket go down on 92, leaving Topsham St James winners by a whipping margin of 204 runs.

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