Congresbury slip up with the bat

PUBLISHED: 13:23 02 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 May 2010

CONGRESBURY put in a disappointing display at home to Shirehampton and as a result have slipped to a mid-table league position. With a number of players missing, this was always going to be a struggle and Congresbury's plight was not helped with opening

CONGRESBURY put in a disappointing display at home to Shirehampton and as a result have slipped to a mid-table league position. With a number of players missing, this was always going to be a struggle and Congresbury's plight was not helped with opening bowler Lewis being delayed by heavy traffic.Bullock and Elliott, probably the youngest-ever opening attack fielded by Congresbury, did well against Bowyer, one of the most experienced openers in league cricket. Although they managed some tight overs, they were unable to make an early breakthrough and Congresbury had to wait until the 16th over for their first success when Perry had Drury caught by Kay with the score on 49.Day and the ever-reliable Bowyer made steady progress, passing the 100 mark. With Lewis now able to bowl, his extra pace started to trouble the batsmen and in his fifth over he bowled Bowyer for 64. Geddes and Nurse started to increase the scoring rate and in the end the visitors reached 214 for 5 at the end of their 45 overs. Probably at this stage both captains were satisfied with the half-time score and if Congresbury could get off to a steady start, the total was well within their reach.However, once again Congresbury proved that they are not at their best chasing targets and wickets started to fall at regular intervals. It was clear that one of the top order was going to have to build a big score if they were going to get anywhere near the required score. Although five of the top six reached double figures, no one was able to build on this. Storey and Clifton got closest, but they were both out in the forties, Storey being well caught and Clifton trapped leg before by Bowyer. In the end the tail failed to put up much resistance and Congresbury collapsed from 126 for 4 to 150 all out, more than 60 runs short of the required total.

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