Tomlinson shines on 1st XI debut

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM St James returned to winning ways with a closely fought victory against ten man visiting Hemyock on Saturday afternoon.

TOPSHAM St James returned to winning ways with a closely fought victory against ten man visiting Hemyock on Saturday afternoon.Having won the toss, Hemyock put Topsham in to bat on what looked a great batting track, and so it seemed as openers, Alec Bosomworth and Nick Horne, took the score to 60 before Horne fell. Alec batted well for his 27, but fell to a good slip catch when the score was on 79. Father, Brian, took the lead but fell again in the 20s when he looked set for a big score.Wickets started to tumble as Hemyock's veteran spinner, Derek Hart, helped himself to 6 wickets in a steady spell of spin bowling. Under 15's player, Joe Tomlinson marked his 1st team debut with a great cameo knock of 28no to finish the Saints on 157 all out.In reply, 15 year-old Jack Richardson got a quick breakthrough but, apart from this, Hemyock scored freely and were coasting on 62 for 1 when Captain, Brian Bosomworth, came on for another change of game spell. Bosomworth snapped up two wickets in his first over and was on another consecutive hat-trick within a week, but this time it wasn't to be with the ball passing the outside edge of the bat into his son's gloves behind the wicket. Having taken another wicket later on, he brought on spinners, Jamie Wyman and Dave Vranch. Wyman took two wickets and, although Hemyock were moving steadily closer to the Saints' score, Bosomworth brought back Colt Jack Richardson to take the final two wickets with just 6 runs to spare.Skipper Brian Bosomworth said: "These matches aren't doing my nerves any good. We batted okay, but one or two of us need to start looking over our shoulders as some 2nd XI players are scoring runs and pressing for a First team place. Having said this, we fielded again brilliantly and bowled well, and we would have taken three wins and a draw out of 5 matches at the start of the season. Next we travel to draw specialists Upottery, who have had a steady start to the season, but who won the G division last year, so we know we have to be on top of our game to come away with anything there.

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