Congresbury back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 10:23 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010

CONGRESBURY put the disaster of the previous week's heavy defeat behind them with an emphatic win over Shirehampton. Congresbury won the toss and elected to bat and Clifton and Fisher got the home side off to a solid start passing the 50 mark off the firs

CONGRESBURY put the disaster of the previous week's heavy defeat behind them with an emphatic win over Shirehampton.Congresbury won the toss and elected to bat and Clifton and Fisher got the home side off to a solid start passing the 50 mark off the first 12 overs. With the score on 81, Fisher, who was struggling with a painful back injury, was leg before to Nichols for 40 and this brought skipper Lewis to the crease. For the next 19 overs the tiring Shirehampton attack was put to the sword with Lewis blazing away at one end, and Clifton accelerating at the other end. Between them they put on 133 for the second wicket including some mighty sixes by both batsmen. With the score on 214, Clifton was bowled by Hill for 81. Fortunately Lewis pressed on and by the time he was dismissed in the penultimate over, being caught by Bowyer off Hill, he had scored an excellent 122 during his 26 overs at the crease. With useful contributions by Castle and Brean, Congresbury amassed a daunting total of 311-6. Of the seven Shirehampton bowlers used, only Hill had any real success taking 4-70 off his 12 overs.In reply, Shirehampton got off to a poor start with Bowyer being well caught at first slip by Clifton off Lewis' second over. He was soon followed back to the pavilion by Moss who was bowled for nought by Lewis in his next over, leaving the visitors reeling at 17-2. It was now the turn of Shirehampton to dig in and fight back and this they did thanks to a stand of 143 between Hill and Geddis, but they were always struggling to maintain the required run rate. As they forced the pace, mistakes crept in and with the score on 160, Geddis was expertly stumped by Brean off some clever bowling by Dewar. After this, the resistance crumbled and wickets began to fall in quick succession. In the end Shirehampton were all out in the 41st over, 63 runs short of the required total.This was a good result for Congresbury, and one that was made possible by some excellent batting by the top order, with skipper Lewis leading by example.

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