Horne sets Sparkes a flying as Saints win at Exeter Civil Service
PUBLISHED: 10:02 23 June 2010
TOPSHAM St James went into their derby game with Exwick based Exeter Civil service buoyed by the previous weeks victory.
The eight wicket hero from the win at Culmstock, Adrian Miller, was missing but in stepped Amit Kartikeyan and Antony Thekkepalakkal.
Skipper Ross Treleaven lost the toss and his side were inserted on what looked to be a superb batting track.
The early loss of Tom Richardson was softened by a competent partnership between Matt Williams and Jalitha Perera before a flurry of wickets saw the Saints on an uncomfortable 55-4.
Johnny Horne and Alex Sparkes then took centre stage adding 118 for the sixth wicket before Horne was out ten shy of what would have been a well deserved ton. Horne’s knock saw his face just 67 balls.
Sparkes continued after Horne’s departure and, when he was out in the final over, he’d struck 60 from 71 deliveries.
After claiming an early wicket in the reply, Topsham were then made to craft for their second success. This came with the spin twins,
Thekkepalakkal and Perera, bowling in tandem. The second wicket to fall did so after an excellent catch taken by Kam Singh one-handed in the gully.
Thekkepalakkal struck again quickly with a flighted ball that was sent high in the sky but taken comfortably by the bowler. Perera, not to be outdone, struck as well leaving Exeter Civil Service 85-4 and another wicket from Thekkepalakkal reduced the hosts to 92-5.
The Civil Service middle order then rallied before skipper Treleaven turned to Sparkes and he had the host captain caught by Kartikeyan.
Richardson, despite a dropped catch, claimed a brace of wickets, one of which was well held by the superb Beauchamp who made a splendid debut behind the Saints stumps.
The final two wickets to see Saints wrap up another win, came from a close-in catch off Thekkepalakkal and a smart run-out.