'Bury win by three runs

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 May 2010

CONGRESBURY First XI travelled to Almondsbury to take on the side that were keeping them off second position in the league. Having been asked to bat, Congresbury suffered an early set-back when Barlow was dismissed in the second over and before long Castl

CONGRESBURY First XI travelled to Almondsbury to take on the side that were keeping them off second position in the league.Having been asked to bat, Congresbury suffered an early set-back when Barlow was dismissed in the second over and before long Castle joined him in the pavilion having scored a brisk 14. At 26-2, Congresbury needed to consolidate and this they did thanks to a patient 46 by Storey, a useful 25 by Lewis and a valuable 50 by Perry. With half the wickets down, Congresbury had passed the 150 mark, but it was clear they would need to get close to 200 if they were to have a chance of victory. This was made possible by an invaluable 23 not out by Brooks, playing his first game of the season. Despite losing their last three wickets cheaply, Congresbury did manage to get past the 200 mark, but only just, being all out for 202 in the 44th over, crucially giving Almondsbury an extra over in which to overhaul their total.The Almondsbury reply started off slowly, thanks to some tight bowling by Jeffries and Lewis who between them bowled five maidens in their opening eight overs. The pressure began to mount on the Almondsbury openers and the breakthrough finally came in the 12th over when Young was bowled by Jeffries, having been restricted to only seven runs. Congresbury were able to tighten the screw with more accurate bowling backed up with some excellent fielding and at the halfway stage, Almondsbury had only made 55-4. However, they did recover well as a result of some useful contributions by their middle order, particularly Wakely who made 54 before being caught behind by Brean off Bullock. It was Congresbury's turn to feel the pressure as the home side edged towards victory, still with wickets in hand. However, another tight spell by Lewis, backed up by some equally accurate bowling by Brooks, ensured that Almondsbury fell short of the mark, but by the closest of margins. In the end, Congresbury won by three runs with Brooks adding to his valuable contribution with the bat by taking four of the seven Almondsbury wickets that fell.This was a particularly pleasing team performance by a side that were desperate to chalk up a win in memory of their club president, Mike Regan, who had sadly passed away earlier in the week. The president would have been proud of this effort.

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