Topsham St James win close encounter at Woodbury

PUBLISHED: 08:37 14 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:37 14 May 2015

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Topsham St James made a winning start to their Tolchards Devon League D Division (West) campaign with an 11-run win at Woodbury writes Matt Williams.

After match day one of the new term was lost to the weather this game was also hit by the elements, but only for as short time as the ground dried out and just a couple of overs per side were lost.

Topsham skipper Ross Treleaven lost the toss and the home skipper invited the Bonfire Field men to bat first on what was a soft, not to say damp surface at Town Lane.

Callum Treleaven and Mike Davison opened the batting and were parted on 18 when Treleaven reached for one outside the off-stump and was well caught in the gully. Davison was joined by Ed Baxter before the former departed with 38 on the board.

Some tight bowling and excellence in the field saw the home side take charge as Edd Kelly, Ross Treleaven and Baxter all returned to the pavilion to leave the visitors a troubled 44-5.

Matt Williams and Aiden Pring set out about rebuilding the Saints’ innings. However, thanks to the excellence of home spinner Richard Hunt who claimed three wickets for 15 runs, progress was slow as the pair took the total past 100 before Pring fell for a disciplined 33 off 61 balls with the score on 104. Williams went soon after, in his case for a patient knock of 26 of 64 balls and the score was then 113-7.

That was that in terms of any further visiting resistance with the bat as the last three wickets fell with just three more runs added to the total and Topsham trooped off with 118 to their name.

Ross Treleaven and debutant Sam Warren took the new ball and there was instant success when Treleaven knocked over the stumps of Ian Hughes to leave Woodbury three for one!

Warren bowled an economical spell of four overs for just nine runs, and was replaced by swing specialist Brian Jeary who picked up a brace of quick wickets. First he Riordan Dee-Jackson leg before and then bagged the key wicket of Jimmy Jones by taking a smart return catch.

The Woodbury innings mirrored that of Topsham, with further wickets falling to Treleaven and Jeary to leave the home side with half their team back in the pavilion with just 46 on the board.

Topsham skipper Treleaven turned to the part-time spin of Williams, and his faith was rewarded as Ross Jarvis was bowled for 22. Hunt and Harry Jones then batted sensibly, taking the run chase into three victors and to the brink of victory.

However, Jeary and Treleaven struck again to leave Topsham needing one wicket for victory. Kirby, who had been getting a large amount of in-swing, then bowled Simon Vickery to leave the Saints victorious by 11 runs.

On Saturday Topsham St James entertain Exwick and Woodbury host Countess Wear.

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