Cameron's century helps Congresbury to comprehensive victory

PUBLISHED: 15:49 21 June 2017

Cameron Harding.

Cameron Harding.

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A century from Cameron Harding helped Congresbury to a emphatic victory over Portishead at the Lake Grounds.

A brilliant century from Cameron Harding led Congresbury to victory over Portishead at the Lake Grounds.

Harding came to the wicket with the score at nought for one, but when he was finally dismissed for 147, he had helped Congresbury amass more than 400 off their 45 overs.

Skipper Sam Evans won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a dry and flat wicket. The hosts made the perfect start when Rob Chick dismissed Jack Kearns with his first delivery, however, this was as good as it got for Portishead.

Harding joined Ritchie Bann at the wicket and while Bann took his time to get going, Harding immediately looked comfortable, flaying the bowling attack to all areas of the ground.

After Bann was dismissed for a dogged 20, Mike Fisher came to the crease smashing 87 off just 49 deliveries with 17 fours and one six.

Iraq Thomas had an even more impressive strike rate, hitting 60 off 19 deliveries with the first two balls he faced disappearing into the lake. Although Portishead took nine Congresbury wickets it cost them 403 runs.

The hosts came out after the tea break looking aggressive and it was not until the score was on 61 that Congresbury got the first breakthrough.

Once the first wicket fell the rest fell in quick succession, with Portishead being bundled out for just 166.

Only Charlie Dangerfield (46) stuck around for any significant period of time. The wickets were spread around with Thomas and Stephen Baker claiming thee each, while Evans and Harding took two scalps each.

Congresbury will look to cement their position at the top of the table when they welcome Downend to King George V on Saturday.

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