Thomas does well as Topsham St James II are beaten by Exmouth III

PUBLISHED: 08:50 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:51 16 May 2013

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A somewhat experimental Topsham St James 2nd XI side did its best, but could not match Exmouth IIIs blend of youth and top class experience, writes Mike Tracey.

Julian Page, who captained Exmouth’s first team in its 1990s glory days, scored a classy 106, and put on 179 for the first wicket with skipper Tom Sampford (78).

Nobody contributed a great deal after that, but the damage had been done, and Exmouth closed on an imposing 268-5.

All the Topsham bowlers tried hard, with good contributions from Morley Sage (his first bowl in over 20 years!), Richard Haigh, Dom Collins and young Alex Davison. The pick of the bunch was Rudi Ellis, with 2-24 off nine accurate and hostile overs.

Claire Thomas gave a fine display of wicket-keeping, and was very unlucky to have what appeared to be a brilliant diving one-handed catch ruled not out.

When Topsham St James batted, Claire again led the way with a cultured 27, while Richard Haigh peppered the boundary with a quick-fire 36. That man Ellis again starred, reaching exactly 50, but nobody else proved up to the job, with the exception of 13-year-old Aiden Pring, who batted far more maturely than some of his elders, and was dismissed only by a top class catch to match the one he had himself taken during the Exmouth innings!

For Exmouth, the cream of the bowling was provided by two of the younger brigade, Jack Sergeant with 4-19 and Callum Wade with 3-38. Exmouth took 20 points from the game to consolidate their position at the top of the table, while Topsham had to be content with six.


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