Congresbury remain unbeaten after derby success

PUBLISHED: 09:19 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:36 02 June 2017

Sam Kearnes batting for Congresbury.

Sam Kearnes batting for Congresbury.

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Congresbury kept their unbeaten record intact after an excellent derby victory over Nailsea.

Congresbury 253

Nailsea 148

Congresbury 1st XI maintained their unbeaten record in the B&D Senior Division with a convincing win over Nailsea at King George V Playing Field.

Cam Harding, Stuart Castle and Iraq Thomas starred with the bat, before Stephen Baker did the early damage with the ball.

Nailsea opening bowler James Taylor achieved the rare feat of taking a hat-trick, but it was the single bright spot in an otherwise gloomy day for the away team.

Stand-in captain Sam Evans won the toss and elected to bat on a typically flat Congresbury wicket. Ian Perry was dismissed early with the score on two, but when Harding joined Castle at the crease they looked immediately at home.

The pair put on an impressive 147-run partnership, running brilliantly between the wickets and putting away the bad balls. The stand was only broken when Harding (71) was run out after a direct hit by Nick Jury.

Michael Fisher (5) and Castle (65) followed soon and Taylor’s brilliant hat-trick ensured maximum batting points for Nailsea, but Thomas (64 not out) made sure Congresbury posted a strong total of 253.

Nailsea’s reply got off to a poor start when Gareth Dann offered a simple catch to Jack Kearns off the bowling of Neal Frost.

Number three and captain Tom Moss looked good for 21, but when he chopped a rising delivery back onto his stumps off the bowling of Baker, Congresbury had accounted for the most dangerous player.

Nailsea never looked like getting close to their target with wickets falling at regular intervals. Baker ended with three wickets, while spinners Sam Kearns and Evans took two apiece.

Congresbury will look to make it five from five when they entertain Shirehampton away from home next weekend.


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