Congresbury hold nerve to topple leaders Keynsham

Tabish Khan Congresbury CC

Tabish Khan impressed with the bat for Congresbury against Keynsham - Credit: Congresbury CC

Congresbury held their nerve to win at table-topping Keynsham in WEPL Bristol & North Somerset on Saturday. 

Put into bat they saw Justin Yau caught at slip and Tom Field follow soon after to make it 30-2.

But Tabish Khan (55) scored a fluent half-century in a solid partnership with Mick Edmunds (20) before a mini collapse saw Jack Kearns fall for 12 to leave them 134-5.

Joe Thompson and the evergreen Michael Fisher began conservatively but quickly started to accept the helping of loose balls on offer. 

Fisher started as the aggressor, powering a number of lofted drives to the mid-off and cover boundary, and Thompson came to life with several big sixes.

Both Fisher (55) and Thompson (95) were dismissed in the closing overs, but a flourish from James Vowles (13 not out) and Jos Tomlinson (13 not out) saw Congresbury post 310-7 their 50 overs. 

Thompson made a crucial early breakthrough with the ball to have the division's top run-scorer, Raj Biswa, caught smartly at slip by Fisher. 

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And Sam Evans, introduced for an early bowl, trapped the Keynsham skipper lbw to leave the hosts 34-2.

An excellent partnership between Ant Cains and William Burston gave Keynsham a platform to mount a charge as they reached 148-2. 

But the introduction of Yau led to Cains’ wicket, leaving the game in the balance. 

Will Burston moved effortlessly to his hundred and his brother James also started in an aggressive manner. 

But with the score on 198, the centurion chipped a catch to Edmunds at mid-wicket and Congresbury seized control.

Edmunds claimed a deserved wicket and the returning Evans grabbed three of his own to finish with figures of 10-0-36-4. 

The hosts eventually gave up the chase to finish on 281-9 and with five matches to go and one team to gain promotion Congresbury sit in third, only two points behind Keynsham.

Congresbury seconds saw their three-match winning streak come to an end in an agonising defeat against Long Ashton.

Stuart Castle scored a masterful 79 for the hosts and was well supported by Ben Lewis (43) and Neal Frost (29) as Congresbury scored 226-9. 

Rishiv Vij took four wickets for in an impressive bowling display for second-placed Long Ashton who squeezed home with just two deliveries to spare. 

Charlie Shaw-Tracey and Edward Wilson scored half-centuries for Long Ashton, as Will Eyres, Stephen Baker and Neal Frost impressed with the ball for Congresbury.