Plympton run away on points at the top

With Plympton clearly topping the table on points, their challenge now is to complete the season unbeaten. Plympton were at home to bottom placed Topsham and it seemed likely that they would continue with their unbeaten record this season. 

Topsham won the toss at Harewood Park and elected to feild. An early wicket from the bowling of Jess Denton put Axminster at 17-1 and gave Topsham just the start they were hoping for. However, Rebecca Halliday arrived at the crease with different ideas and 77 balls later,  with a partnership of 118 with teammate Imogen Beasley (42), Jess Denton's catch off Clare Pym's bowling took the wicket that Topsham desperately needed. However, the arrival of fellow county player, Steph Hutchins soon set a new partnership in play and with a partnership of 69, Rebecca safely saw herself to 105 off 77 balls, including 14 boundary 4s before she retired out.  A further 2 wickets from Lucy Gilbert could not stem the flow of runs and Plympton ended their 35 innings with a total of 265 for 5 wickets. Another impressive score for the Plympton team. 

Topsham took to the crease with the sole purpose of seeing out their overs, but with an early wicket of the opener, Topsham were 1 for 1. With some patient and watchful play from Sally Hammond a partnership began to build, only for Evie Privett to strike again for the second wicket. The change to a new bowler, Milly Squire (3 wickets for 6 runs off 3 overs)  proved too much for the new batters at the crease and Topsham lost 3 wickets for 0 runs, leaving them 28 for 5. As wickets fell regularly, the task of seeing out the overs became increasingly difficult for Topsham, as Steph Hutchins took the last wicket at the end of the 24th over. 

It has been an almost unstoppable season for the Plympton team, not only winning all their games so far, but also being the first regional team through to the T10 Kia Smash Competition, which was launched this year and travel to the Oval to take part in the Final on the 20th September. Before that though they have one final fixture against Axminster, last years Champions, which, if they win, will see them finish the season as unbeaten Champions.