All-rounder Sam helps Congresbury to third consecutive victory

PUBLISHED: 14:36 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 May 2017

Sam Kearns.

Sam Kearns.

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Congresbury all-rounder Sam Kearns contributed with bat and ball to help his side to a third consecutive victory in the league.

Five wickets and 40 runs from Congresbury all-rounder Sam Kearns helped his side to a third consecutive victory in the B&D Senior Division at Hambrook.

Kearns’ 40 which included six fours and one six, led the away team to 238-8 in a game reduced to 36 overs.

Iraq Thomas scored an impressive 66 off just 44 delieveries, before Kearns’ five wickets helped skittle out the home team for just 112.

On a day which promised rain showers from the start, Congresbury skipper Ritchie Bann lost his third consectuive toss and his team were put into bat.

Bann (23) and Ian Perry (11) gave Congresbury a solid start before both were dismissed in quick succession.

Mike Fisher was unable to continue his fine form and chipped one to mid-wicket leaving the visitors in a spot of trouble on 48-3. However, Thomas along with Cameron Harding (22) formed a solid partnership before the latter was caught behind.

Just as the Hambrook bowling attack were beginning to exert some control, Thomas took matters into his own hands, carting Adrian Kislingbury for 28 in one merciless over. Supported by Sam Evans (30), Thomas was able to put Congresbury in an increasingly strong position.

After Thomas was dismissed, Kearns continued the attacking style of batting, ensuring Congresbury scored well above par. James Vowles (10), Marshall Clements (9 not out) and Neal Frost (3 not out) also made important contributions.

The Hambrook reply almost started in disastrous fashion as a swinging Harding delivery found the edge, but was spilled at second slip.

Harding did get the breakthrough when he pinned opening batsman Josh Lax, leaving the umprire no choice but to give it out lbw. Neal Frost, who opened with Harding, bowled with great control, taking the next two wickets, leaving the host in trouble on 40-3.

Euan Campbell was introduced at the top end and bowling with good pace he was rewarded when a flashing drive was pouched by Thomas in the slips. Kearns was introduced from the bottom-end, spinning his way to eight overs, 5-22 runs.

James Vowles took three good catches at deep-mid-wicket as Hambrook contributed to their own downfall. Harding was reintroduced from the bottom end, finishing the match with a brilliantly disguised slower ball.

An emphatic performance saw the North Somerset side win by 126 runs.

They will look to make it four from four when they welcome Nailsea to King George V Playing Field on Saturday.

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