Hull makes welcome return to Topsham St James CC

PUBLISHED: 10:15 23 June 2016

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Topsham St James 2nd XI clocked up their second win of the season in fine style, crushing the nine men of Exwick by the massive margin of 177 runs, writes Mike Tracey.

The two Davisons, father Mike and son Alex, led the way, with 41 and 35 respectively, and Neil Argyle stroked a typically cultured 46.

The final total of 263-6 owed most, however, to a rapid sixth wicket stand of 111, which ended on the final ball of the innings, between young Sam Bowker (41) and Jon Hull, with a rapid 72 not out. It was a welcome return for Hull, who played very little last season, and was badly missed by an often struggling side.

None of the Exwick bowlers could halt the charge, although Stuart Treloar took a couple of wickets, and skipper Blair McRobbie bowled tightly to take 1-23 in his nine overs.

When Exwick batted, they cruised to 74-1, thanks to McRobbie (30) Geoff Strolger (19), and Robin Richardson (12).

Then the wheels came off, and they were all out for the addition of only 12 more runs.

The wickets were shared amongst the Topsham bowlers, with Alex Davison (2-10) and skipper Dom Collins (2-1) leading the way.

Jack Purchall, Dan Priest and Jon Hull chipped in with one apiece, while the remaining wicket fell to a brilliant direct hit from side-on by Dom Collins.

Topsham St James have already doubled last season’s number of victories, and look forward to the rest of this season with renewed spirit.

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