Tail end charlie's take Topsham St James to single wicket success over Kentisbeare.
PUBLISHED: 11:46 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:46 18 July 2013
Topsham St James' last pair of Dan Armstong and Joe Mcshane put on 38 for the final wicket to lead their side to a dramatic Bonfire Field victory over Kentisbeare.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat.
Dan Armstrong made an instant break through with Nick Crew holding a smart catch at point in the opening over.
Chris Horne, marking his return for the Saints, bowled with excellent control up the hill and returned impressive figures of 2-16 from nine overs, one of his wickets was courtesy of a smart catch by keeper Joe Thomlinson.
Nick Crew and Jim Shepherd tried their luck with some leg-spin but were unable to stem the flow of runs.
Skipper Ross Treleaven snagged a wicket up the hill after Nick Horne had taken a good return catch off his own bowling.
Armstrong returned down the slope to finish things off and he had splendid figures of 5-42 as Kentisbeare were restricted to 219-9.
The run chase was launched by Charlie Penn who made a flying start with a run-a-ball 15 before being trapped leg before. Fellow opener Nick Horne was yorked and it was left to Joe Thomlinson and Ross Treleaven to launch a comeback before the former was caught at mid-on.
Nick Crew built a solid partnership with Chris Horne, and both were looking untroubled with runs flowing until Crew feathered one behind and Chris Horne picked out a man on the fence.
Matt Williams was caught and bowled before both Jim Shepherd and Ed Baxter fell to yorkers.
It left the last pair of Mcshane and Armstrong at the crease with 38 runs needed to bag a third straight victory.
The pair belied their render ages and batted with great maturity edging their side closer to then finishing line.
The last over of the contest arrived with eight runs required. That became four needed from the last two balls, but a no-ball which also saw the batsmen run two left then scores tied with still two balls remaining and Armstrong tapped the last ball and the pair raced through to launch more victory celebrations at Bonfire Field!
Skipper Ross Treleaven said: “Full credit to the last pair of Mcshane and Armstrong. They came out to bat when we didn’t really have a chance and they stayed calm and hit the bad balls well. Armstrong in particular had a day to remember with his earlier fivefer. However, I’m very frustrated with the higher order batsmen, myself very much included. Everyone except the openers had a chance to get in but threw it away. On a batting track like Topsham’s we didn’t need to try and score off every ball and just needed to bide our time. I’m hoping we can learn from this because we can’t always rely on our tail to get us out of trouble. Having said that, it was a great game of cricket to be involved in, if more than a little stressful at times!”