Topsham St James remain in the promotion race after win over Bradninch

PUBLISHED: 14:28 05 August 2019

Ross Treleaven about to bowl in the Topsham St James versus Bradninch II game. Picture: STEVE BiRLEY

Ross Treleaven about to bowl in the Topsham St James versus Bradninch II game. Picture: STEVE BiRLEY

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Topsham St James remain in the thick of the Tolchards Devon League E Division East promotion race after a comfortable six wicket win over visiting Bradninch 2nds.

fter winning the toss, Topsham skipper Edd Kirby invited his opposite number to bat first and he was one of six bowlers who combined to bundle the visitor's out for 120 in 38.4 overs. The bowling honours went to Ross Treleaven with figures of 3-13 from nine overs while the other wicket takers were Mark Phillips (2-35 from nine overs), Neil Shillabeer (2-11 from two), Brian Jeary (1-32 from eight) and Jack Purchall (1-10 from 1.4 overs).

The Topsham St James run chase was a straight forward one. It was launched by Ed Baxter and Matt Williams with the former caught for five from 21 deliveries. Batting was not easy on a difficult surface, as underlined by Williams who faced 70 balls for his 18; he was the second man down with the reply then 48-2. Home skipper Edd Kirby was joined by Mark Phillips, but after putting on 14, Kirby became the third wicket to fall caught off the first delivery sent down after the drinks break, out for a 35-ball 24, leaving the score on 62-3.

Phillips was joined by Ross Treleaven and the pair took their team to within a single blow of victory when Treleaven became the fifth and final home wicket to fall, trapped leg before for 13.

Phillips was joined by Charlie Penn was the formality of easing the team over the line. Phillips was unbeaten on 41 at the close and Penn had two to his name.

The win, a seventh of the campaign, leaves Topsham St James 20 points shy of an Uplyme & Lyme Regis side that currently occupies the third promotion spot up for grabs.

There are four games left in the season and 80 points to play for. This Saturday (August 10), Topsham travel to Bideford 2nds and they follow that with home games against Woodbury & Newton St Cyres and Upottery before a last day visit to Uplyme & Lyme Regis.

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