'Bury crushed in derby encounter

PUBLISHED: 14:29 27 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:46 24 May 2010

CONGRESBURY 1st XI's performance at home to local rivals Nailsea had a disappointing end of season flavour about it and as a result they got the result they deserved, a fairly sound beating. Nailsea won the toss and on a day which threatened rain and aske

CONGRESBURY 1st XI's performance at home to local rivals Nailsea had a disappointing end of season flavour about it and as a result they got the result they deserved, a fairly sound beating.Nailsea won the toss and on a day which threatened rain and asked Congresbury to bat first. The early signs were promising with Clifton and Fisher passing the 50 mark, but with the score on 57, Fisher was clean bowled by Allard for a typically forceful 40. Castle then joined Clifton, looking to build a firm base to the innings. However this was not to be. Having reached 20, Clifton miss-timed a hook and was easily caught at mid-wicket. Unfortunately Castle and Lewis also failed to build on solid starts and were both dismissed for 24 and 23 respectively and with the top four all back in the pavilion, things started to look uncomfortable for the home side. In the end, the outcome was even worse than anticipated with Brean the only other batsmen to scrape into double figures, with 11.In the end Congresbury crumbled to be all out for 140, losing all 10 wickets for only 83 runs with Robinson being the pick of the Nailsea attack, taking 6-41 from his 13 overs. Clearly something special or rain was going to be required if Congresbury were going to save the game. It was soon pretty obvious that of these two options, rain was going to be the only real saviour and in the end, despite some encouraging cloud cover and drizzle, this was not to be.The Nailsea openers were largely untroubled by the Congresbury attack, and despite losing Barnes when the score was 27, Hopkinson and Bryant slowly and surely steered their way to victory. Harding got a consolation wicket, trapping Hopkinson leg before for 51, but this was too little too late and in the end Nailsea reached the required total with only two wickets down and with eight overs to spare.All in all this was a poor performance by Congresbury and one where the home side's cricket matched the weather, dull and dreary.

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