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2nd XI v Topsham St James – 1st June 2019

2nd XI well beaten – in double quick-time too – by visiting Topsham St James 

Bradninch 2nd’s managed to get their game over with Topsham St James in time to see all but the first 16 minutes of the Exeter Chiefs versus Saracens match on the Kensham Clubhouse TV! 

Yes, the E Division East game that began at 1pm, was all over by 3.16pm with Topsham St James winning the contest by nine wickets.

Bradninch won the toss and opted to bat and were 5-3 in the sixth over with the loss of Chris Acton, caught behind for nought, Will Birley, caught at mid-off for one and Tom Hardy, caught at gully, also for nought.

It was soon 18-5 after nine overs with the loss of skipper Connor Carthew, caught behind for two and Will Greig, trapped leg-before for 10. Mind you, ‘Greigy’ was also the subject of a bizarre – but most sporting – incident when, from the second ball he received, he was hit on the thigh pad and the umpire gave him out! Off trudged the Bradninch bat, but, just before he reached the boundary, he was called back by Topsham skipper Edd Kirby as it was plain as daylight that it was nowhere near a case of ‘leg before wicket’!

The score was almost double by a partnership of 15 for the sixth wicket between Kalann Nessling and Ryan Shrewsberry, with the ‘Shrew’, a third catch for the Tops’ wicketkeeper, the sixth man down for 12.

At this stage it did look as if the master-plan was to get the game done before the Red Arrows were due to fly overhead at 2.30pm on their way to the Torbay Airshow!

Nessling was seventh to fall – he was trapped leg before having scored 12 with the score then 50-7 and it was soon 59-8 with the loss of Liam Reed (1) to a catch at mid-off. Indeed, that was how it was all set to end as Rob Acton and Max cooper fell in successive deliveries with Acton bowled for 11 and Cooper was caught and bowled without troubling the scorers.

The sides went straight back out and there was early success with James Mills claiming a wicket in his second over – but that was as good as it got on an eminently forgettable day for the 2nd XI as Topsham raced to 62-1 and a nine-wicket win inside 11 overs.

As for the bowling stats – James Mills finished with 1-19 from four overs, Kalann Nessling returned figures of 0-39 from 5.4 and there was one over (0-4) from Ryan Shrewsberry.

The whole game last 126 minutes and saw just 29 overs bowled!