Topsham St James’s run without victory continues after Cully defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:34 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:34 02 July 2015

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Topsham St James IIs search for a first league win of the season continued with a short trip up the M5 to take on Cullompton on Saturday.

With regular skipper, Mike Tracey, on a well-earned break in the Scilly Isles, it was left to Mike Davison, assisted by the experienced Neil Argyle to captain a youthful looking team.

Losing the toss, resulted in the Saints being asked to field on a hot and muggy afternoon against a strong Cullompton batting line up. The opening attack of Sam Warren and Dean Pym bowled some good early overs and were unlucky not to get more than one wicket as a reward for their efforts. First change bowlers, Alex Davison and George ‘Lammie’ Devereux, continued to test the home batsmen, Devereux finishing with a tidy 2-39 and Warren returning for a second spell to claim the prize wicket of Mark Mortiboys for 98 and creditable figures of 2-38.

Despite a couple of dropped catches, the Saints stuck to their task with the occasional bowling of Aaron Clarke and Edd Gorton picking up a wicket apiece, the Cullompton innings ending on 307-6.

In reply Topsham lost opener Clarke early on followed by Davison senior. Alex Davison and George Devereux (40) set about re-building the innings with a third wicket partnership of 66, which was ended when Davison was bowled for a season best of 42.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with the experienced Malcolm Pavia taking 3-15, although Martin Porter (27no) and Dean Pym (14) kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely. However, when Pym was superbly caught on the boundary, the Topsham innings was nearing the end and, when Warren was run out going for a cheeky second run in attempt to reach the 200 run mark and the additional batting point, it fell just short.

On Saturday the Saints begin the second half of the league campaign with a Bonfire Field meeting against second bottom Kenn. Both teams have yet to win – one will be celebrating ending that at stumps!

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