Congresbury well on top in derby encounter
PUBLISHED: 09:34 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 04 August 2017
An excellent all-round performance by Iraq Thomas took Congresbury to a comprehensive victory over neighbours Nailsea.
A brilliant all-round performance from Iraq Thomas helped Congresbury to victory over Nailsea.
Thomas took advantage of a stuttering Nailsea batting line-up, claiming two wickets in his first over and finishing with figures of nine overs four wickets for 21 runs.
He then opened the batting, clubbing 37 in a short space of time to chase down the small target of 87.
Congresbury won the toss and elected to bowl first on a day that promised rain in the afternoon. Cameron Harding and Martin Ford reformed their opening partnership that ripped apart Downed earlier in the season and they were soon at it again.
However, despite Harding claiming the wicket of Pete Hardcastle, the two bowlers were out of luck and had to settle for conceding just 12 runs in the opening 10 overs.
Thomas took centre stage dismissing James Thompson for just nine and Rich Morris for a duck.
He then claimed the important wicket of Nailsea skipper Tom Moss (15), who out of anyone played the Congresbury seamers the best.
Liam Lester (32) hit some lusty blows, but agricultural technique soon betrayed him when he tried to hoick spinner Sam Kearns into the next field but was bowled instead.
Kearns and his brother Jack soon tied Nailsea in a knot, taking five wickets between them, Thomas returned to take his fourth scalp and conclude the Nailsea innings at 86 all out.
Worried about the weather, Congresbury skipper Sam Evans sent his two biggest hitters to the crease in the form of Thomas and Mike Fisher.
Both launched into the bowling with venom, Fisher hitting a couple of glorious sixes straight down the ground and over extra cover. When Fisher (20) was bowled by Morris, Harding joined Thomas at the crease and they both continued the assault.
Thomas (37) was caught brilliantly on the mid-wicket boundary by Moss, but Harding and Perry saw Congresbury over the line for their 12th victory of the season.
Congresbury now sit 46 points clear of Frenchay at the top of the table, with the two due to meet in a fortnight.