Topsham St James U11 skipper Steele-Flod mleads by example in win at Sandford

PUBLISHED: 11:28 02 July 2015


Topsham St James Under-11s were 8-wicket winners when they travelled to Creedy park to meet Sandford in a Bradleys East Devon Youth League encounter.

The Saints opted to field first and Topsham St James fielded for the first innings.

Skipper Sebastian Steele-Flood took a pair of early wickets, one of which came as part of a wicket maiden. Ben Steele-Flood and Zack Chandler-Thorn also managed to bowl maiden overs and there was also some terrific bowling from Rhys Norman, Gilbert Forster, Daniel Thornhill, Jacob Holt, William Acheson and Luke Norsworthy, who all helped to keep the home scoring down and only gave away a single wide each Sandford’s batting stalled against competent bowling and fielding. A great stop by Joel Anderson, perfect long barriers from most of the team, excellent wicket-keeping stops by William Acheson and great throws in from Florence Forster. This all left Sandford ending up with a score of 63-2 from their 20 overs. Alas, from a Saints perspective, 37 of the Sandford runs came from wides!

Ben Steele-Flood and William Acheson began the run chase and they kept the score board ticking over with young Steele-Flood slamming the teams first six of the season before he retired having reached 30.

Zack Chandler-Thorn and Daniel Thornhill kept the momentum going with the former stroking an excellent four just before an eight wicket win was sealed at 64-2.

Thanks must go to Florence Forster for stepping in at the last minute to help the team.

Saints coach Peter Norman said: “We did see an increase in wides which proves that, even in victory, there’s always things to learn from! I do think that, on the whole most people bowled well. Several of the boys are starting to understand and act on the backing-up training whilst fielding, but there is plenty more to do here. The batting was very good so we didn’t get to see most of the team doing this. Well done to Sebastian Steele-Flood who captained the team splendidly. He displayed great organisation and communication with the team.”

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