Topsham St James U12s narrowly edged out by Otters

PUBLISHED: 11:35 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 02 July 2015


Topsham St James Under-12s were narriowly beaten when they took on Ottery St Mary at Bonfire Field, writes Sam Isard.

On a perfect warm sunny summers evening for cricket, saints won the toss and incited the visitors to bat.

The Otters began at a steady pace with some slick running of singles by Eddie Rudolf and Mattie Jeacock. Topsham fielded well, but by the third over, the Ottery batsmen had warmed up and began to find the boundary. The two batsmen both reached the mandatory retirement total of 30 by the 10th over and were back with their team mates watching proceedings. Lawrence Walker was next in and he continued to find the boundary until he too reached 30, in his case during then 16th over.

The Topsham bowlers kept Extras low and fielders worked hard to save a number of boundaries throughout the innings, but Ottery kept the runs coming at a steady rate until Micahel Lilley was run out in the thirteenth over and Max Moore was caught by Marcus Kay in the fourteenth. Ottery St Mary ended their innings on 138 for 2 leaving Topsham a challenging target to beat.

The home batsmen made a promising start to their innings with Alex Collins hitting a boundary off the second ball!

Unfortunately, he was then bowled by Josh Miller in the second over. Max Mayor kept the pressure by bowling a maiden for the third over, followed by Josh bowling Benedict Steele-Flood in the fourth.

Marcus Kay and Tom Vincent got off to a good start both hitting boundaries before Marcus was bowled by Oliver Brealy in a maiden over and Tom was stumped by Eddie Rudolf. Oliver Isard and Jack Veale’s innings didn’t last long as they were run out and caught for only one run each. Michael Lilley managed a maiden over for Ottery.

During the last few overs the run rate increased once more with Josh Cunningham, Louie Ferraro, Hamish McCorriston and Sebastian Steele-Flood all hitting boundaries. Hamish and Louie were both caught, leaving Josh to finish his innings on 15 runs and Sebastian hitting five boundaries in a row to finish on 20 runs. Topsham St James were on 112-8 at the end of their 20 overs leaving the Otters as deserving winners.

However, just a few more runs in the middle of the innings could have left Topsham with a better result.

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