Congresbury caught cold

Congresbury were well beaten at home to Frenchay.

A DISAPPOINTING performance saw Congresbury heavily beaten at home against Frenchay.

Winning the toss and batting first, Congresbury lost Kieran Palmer to the first ball of the innings. Frost and Perry then took the score to 20 with few alarms before Frost was caught behind for 13. Mike Fisher was then dismissed in the same over before Ian Perry suffered the same fate an over later.

The in-form Mick Edmunds then chased a wide one shortly afterwards to leave Congresbury reeling at 26-5. Paul Brean and Stuart Castle showed put on a 55 run partnership before Castle was caught behind.

With Brean then smacking a full toss to a spectacular catch at point, any chance of a competitive total was lost as the innings fizzled to 109 all out in just 32.3 overs. Stell was the most successful bowler with 3-26 and Isitt bowled well collecting 2-21.

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Unlike previous games and despite a wholehearted effort, Congresbury’s bowlers were unable to complete a fightback.

The dangerous Donaldson was dismissed early in reply with the umpires deciding 45 minutes were available before the tea break. When the other opener Williams was caught behind to take Frenchay to 24-2, Congresbury sniffed a chance, but this was quickly taken away by a cameo 40 from Isitt.

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When he was dismissed with the score at 97, stumped off Evans, it was too little too late.

Evans and Andrews both bowled well and made the batsmen work for the win, but a fine 29 not out from Ian March sealed the match and put Frenchay in pole position to challenge Sodbury for the title.

Congresbury will look to bounce back next week away to Lansdown.

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