Varghese gets so sixy with Yarcombe as Topsham St James hit the top

PUBLISHED: 22:51 20 June 2011

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An energetic fielding display undid Yarcombe allowing Topsham St James to not only beat the morning leaders, but, by stumps, they had claimed the F Divison top place for themselves!

Managing to get a game underway, thanks largely to the efforts of Topsham Groundsman John Evans, the Saints hosted Yarcombe at Bonfire Field.

The wicket was damp and it certainly looked like a day for the seamers. However, Topsham skipper Ross Treleaven looked to take on the attack batting first and backing the batsmen. This looked to be a bad decision when batsmen were finding it hard work with the ball swinging, cutting and keeping exceptionally low. Topsham were rapidly reduced to 31 for 4 with Hovell taking 3 wickets. Alex Sparkes at this point batted excellently taking a positive approach when Topsham were struggling, hitting eight 4s on the way to a rapid and hugely important 37, he looked comfortable at the wicket. The returning Jonny Horne also looked to attack wherever possible, taking on any bad ball and giving it the Horne treatment. Hitting two 6s on the way to his 41, the importance of every available run was becoming clear. Sadly, he fell on Nelson, but Rhys Beachamp and Jibu Varghese combined to put together 20 massively important runs. Topsham all out for 131, Hovell and Helston doing the damage for Yarcombe, each taking 4 wickets.

Topsham took to the field knowing it would take something special to win the match. They were helped by two early wickets from Treleaven, taking the openers and reducing Yarcombe to 18-2. Jibu Varghese came on and bowled tightly up the hill, mixing up his speed and piling the pressure on Yarcombe was key. Helped by an energetic and excellent fielding effort from the Saints, he took six of the Yarcombe middle order wickets, all bowled, as Yarcombe’s batsmen struggled. Horne also bowled well without reward, keeping it tight with 5 overs for only 12 runs, made even more impressive when he was the only fielder stopping one run against the impressive Hovell. Topsham took their one chance in the field, an excellent throw from Joe Thomlinson meant Fuller was run out as the pressure on Yarcombe mounted. Yarcombe finished 105 all out.

“This was a special win for the Saints. Full credit to the bowlers, with few runs to protect they bowled excellently with only 6 extras you can see the lines they bowled were tight. The fielding effort cannot be understated either. This was a key win to keep Yarcombe from running away at the top and has taken us to the top. This is somewhere we need to be throughout the season. We still need to continue or form and come out fighting against Cullumpton, which will be challenge next Saturday, but this is a Topsham side who are looking more and more like they are up to the challenge.”

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