Williams hits maiden half century as Topsham St James win well against Kenn

PUBLISHED: 10:08 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:08 09 July 2015

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Topsham St James won for the fifth time in the D Division West this season when they beat Kenn by 27 runs after an enthralling contest.

With Charlie Penn still injured and Ross Treleaven on holiday it was left to Ed Kirby to assume the skippers role and he lost the toss and found his opposite number inviting his side to bat first on what looked a firm, but green, wicket.

Kirby led from the front, rifling the opening delivery of the match to the boundary and he and fellow opener matt Williams proceeded to take the score to 29 in the 12th over when the stand-in captain was trapped leg before. Ed Baxter was next man in, and out as he was bowled by the Kenn opening seamer. Williams was still there and he made his way in some degree of comfort to a maiden half century for the Saints. He put on 44 with Aidan Pring (18) and then 24 with Callum Treleaven (26) before his splendid innings came to an end when he was stumped. Treleaven was joined by Brian Jeary and the pair pushed the score along at a good rate before both fell in quick succession. The tail did not stick around and the Topsham innings closed on 154.

Kirby gave the new ball duties to Dan Armstrong and he struck twice in the early overs, each time knocking over the stumps to leave Kenn 11-2. At the other end Brian Jeary, back after a two-week injury absence, kept the pressure on with his usual disciplined deliveries. Armstrong continued to find good line and length and he picked up three more wickets to finish with superb figures of 5-20 from his nine overs to leave Kenn wobbling on 50-5.

Edd Kirby (1-18), Jack Telford (1-25) and Dom Collins (2-26), with the latter two both stepping up from the 2nd XI at short notice, then stuck to the plan of pitching the ball up and keeping the runs down. As Kenn were now chasing the game, chances were being created and all three of the bowlers picked up deserved wickets. Two of these were thanks to spectacular catches from Dan Armstrong, one on the deep mid-wicket boundary and a diving effort at cover. This left Kenn 99-8 and Topsham well on top. However, a ninth wicket partnership of 29 put the pressure on the Saints and left Kenn needing 28 to win with still two wickets in hand. Dom Collins then had number 10 Lyle Muir caught behind for 13 and, in the very next over, Matt Williams picked up the final wicket, having Ian Hutchings, (20), caught impressively in the deep by Ed Baxter with the score still on 127 and Topsham St James were winners by 27 runs.

On Saturday the Saints entertain Woodbury at Bonfire Field.

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