Congresbury skittled out for 49

PUBLISHED: 09:38 17 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:36 24 May 2010

CONGRESBURY paid a heavy price for missing a number of key players when they suffered their worst defeat of the season away at new league leaders Timsbury. The home team won the toss and elected to bat, but when Lewis took two wickets in his first over it

CONGRESBURY paid a heavy price for missing a number of key players when they suffered their worst defeat of the season away at new league leaders Timsbury.The home team won the toss and elected to bat, but when Lewis took two wickets in his first over it looked as though this was a decision they would regret. However by the time Pippet and Davies had amassed 158 for the third wicket the pendulum had well and truly swung back in favour of Timsbury. Some poor fielding, including some vital dropped catches did not help Congresbury. Once Andrews had dismissed both Pippet (for 65) and Davies (for 86) they managed to achieve an element of damage control and in the end Timsbury were all out for 222, losing their last wicket to the penultimate ball of the innings. Lewis with five wickets and Andrews with three were the most successful bowlers, but both were uncharacteristically expensive.The Congresbury reply started off disastrously with Castle being caught off the third ball from all-rounder Davies. Things never got any better as a procession of batsmen failed to put up any resistance. Skipper Lewis was the only one to make double figures in what proved to be a poor performance that was bordering on the embarrassing. In the end Congresbury were all out for a paltry 49, losing by the huge margin of 173 runs. It is some consolation to note that Timsbury are looking to be the most likely candidate for promotion this year, but this should not mask the fact that this was a poor performance by Congresbury who will need to improve dramatically if they are to avoid sliding down the league table.

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