Topsham St James launch Sunday League campaign with win.

PUBLISHED: 10:07 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM St James' South Devon League season belatedly got underway when a young side, with seven members under 23, took to the field against an even younger Bovey team, who had four U13s in their team.

TOPSHAM St James' South Devon League season belatedly got underway when a young side, with seven members under 23, took to the field against an even younger Bovey team, who had four U13s in their team. The visitors were invited to bat and wickets fell at regular intervals, with all catches being held bar one very difficult chance to backward point, and featuring a direct hit run out at the non-striker's end by Matt Williams. Bovey were eventually dismissed for 158 off 38.2 overs. Unlikely off-spinner Richard Horne cashed in with three late wickets at the end of the Bovey innings, to finish with the flattering figures of 3-9 from 6.2 overs.Batting after tea, Saints were faced with a hostile nine over spell from left-armer, and Bovey first team player, Owen Thomas. However, having weathered this for the loss of Johnny Hallett, opener Brian Jeary and Ben West then proceeded to put on a partnership of 135. Star of the show was the 17 year-old West, who graduated through the Saints' colts' ranks, playing his first competitive game for two seasons and scoring a career best 73. After a slow start, he proceeded to club the bowling to all corners of Bonfire Field, finally being bowled attempting to hit a six to win the match. Ollie Devon, on his return from university, departed in the same fashion two balls later, so it was left to captain Jonny Horne to steer the winning boundary. Jeary finishing with a well-crafted 52 not out to round off an excellent day for the side.

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