Joe leads Congresbury to fine victory

PUBLISHED: 15:43 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 05 September 2018

Joe Thompson.

Joe Thompson.

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Congresbury defeated Knowle at the King George V Playing Fields thanks to a century from Joe Thompson.

A sensational unbeaten century from Joe Thompson helped Congresbury to victory over Knowle at King George V Playing Field.

The Devon all-rounder blasted 13 fours and six sixes as he finished 122 not out in the gripping run chase that sees Congresbury retain their WEPL status.

Knowle won the toss and elected to bat despite the muggy conditions, which were conducive for swing bowling.

This appeared to be the wrong decision when Justin Yau made an early breakthrough, thanks to a brilliant diving catch by Thompson in the gully.

Despite the wicket, the visitors knuckled down and played sensibly, constructing their innings well to reach a competitive total of 232-8 from their 50 overs.

Sam Evans, Justin Andrews, Yau and Thompson shared the wickets around in a professional bowling performance.

Following the interval the chase got off to a roaring start, with Iraq Thomas (38) and Yau (12) taking the hosts to 50 in the first seven overs.

However, when both openers departed and Mike Fisher (9) departed soon after, it was a bleak picture for Congresbury at 71-3.

Thompson, who was batting at five, joined Ritchie Bann at the crease and the pair began to rebuild the innings.

Despite a gritty partnership, Bann (19) was bamboozled by the spin of Brimble and when Jack Kearns departed next delivery the score was 103-5.

However, first James Vowles (9) and then Evans (10 not out) gave Thompson the required support as he moved into attack mode.

The Torquay exile peppered the leg side boundary, hitting some enormous sixes, as he saw his side home with two overs to spare.

Congresbury 2nd XI secured promotion to the Bristol and District Division 5 in emphatic style with a 186-run victory at United Banks.

The win secured a runners-up spot behind Winterbourne A and was well deserved in season in which they won 13 of the 18 league games.

United Banks won the toss and elected to field first and Congresbury openers Mike Brooks and Kieran Palmer put on 86 before Palmer was bowled for 35.

Brooks continued to put the bowling attack to the sword before falling for an excellent 93. Paul Bean looked in good touch and put on 50 with Ben Lewis (35) and 90 with Cam Polledri (41).

Brean cleared the fence eight times and reached a wonderful 100 in the last over, his first for the club as Congresbury amassed 371-5.

United Banks put on 66 for the first wicket before Steve Baker took two wickets in two balls and once Dan Elmont had Bilal caught for three, any chance of run chase was over.

Will Eyres returned to the attack to finish with 3-27. Polledri had the last man caught to ensure maximum points and cap a great team performance and an excellent season.

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