Topsham St James ladies make national T20 Cup progress

PUBLISHED: 18:56 24 May 2018

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Topsham St James ladies are through to the third round of the ECB national T20 KO competition after seeing off Cornwood, writes Hannah Clark.

The Tops, who had a bye in round one, defeated Cornwood in what was a close contest with a pivotal moment being a smart catch, the ball being held above her head, by Maddy Ross, to end the innings of Cornwood’s powerful opening bat Gemma Lancaster.

Losing the toss and batting first, Topsham St James posted a competitive score for the hosts to chase. Hannah Clark and Amelia Sydenham set the foundations for the innings with a second wicket partnership of 71. There were a spate of run-outs as the innings drew to a close and the target for Cornwood was 108 to win.

Cornwood made a start, kept up with the run rate with relative ease and found the boundary rope on plenty of occasions. However, with the outcome of the contest in the balance, Maddy Ross held the catch to remove the dangerous opener and, once she had departed, Topsham St James’ strong seam attack took advantage of the mounting pressure, removing five batsman for as many runs to see Cornwood close their 20 overs nine runs short of the target.

Emma Corney was the pick of the bowlers with impressive T20 figures of three wickets for seven runs.

This Sunday sees the round three matches with Topsham entertaining Hatherleigh at their Bonfire Field home.

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