Congresbury squeeze home to win by nine runs
PUBLISHED: 09:15 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 July 2017
Congresbury recorded a narrow nine-run victory over Bristol West Indies to keep their promotion hopes alive.
An innings of 93 from former Congresbury captain Ritchie Bann helped his side to a narrow nine-run victory away at Bristol West Indies (BWI).
Bann batted the entire 45 overs but was dismissed off the final delivery of the innings.
Stuart Castle (60) was the main aggressor in a partnership with Bann worth more than 100 which led Congresbury to 234-7 off their 50 overs.
However, the away side lost Ian Perry (4) to the second delivery of the innings and it soon became apparent the wicket was not as good as it looked. Cameron Harding (8) and Mike Fisher (8) were also dismissed cheaply leaving Iraq Thomas and Bann to repair the damage.
However, Thomas was dismissed for 23 and when Jack Kearns ran himself out in the next over, Congresbury were floundering on 100-5.
Castle joined Bann at the wicket and immediately timed the ball better than any of his teammates, racing to a much-needed 50. Bann meanwhile had to work much harder for his runs and played an important anchor role that meant BWI required 235 to win.
The hosts reply started positively with openers Shawn Bennett (38) and Nicholas Clark (39) looking fairly comfortable against the seam attack.
However, the introduction of Evans, Jack Kearns and Sam Kearns on a pitch that assisted spin turned the game in Congresbury’s favour.
Sam Kearns removed Bennett and Clark in quick succession to put BWI on the back foot at drinks.
The reintroduction of Harding accounted for Pearson with a smart caught and bowled before Jack Kearns removed Cole Pierre lbw and Sam Kearns took his third. Evans brought himself back for what can only be described as a mixed spell which included three wickets and an over that went for 22 runs.
BWI tail ender Jerone Burton took a fancy to the off-spinner launching him for two sixes and two fours in the over, before Evans removed him lbw off the final delivery.
With 16 needed to win off the final two overs, the game was in the balance but a phenomenal diving catch from veteran keeper Dave Marsh swung the game in Congresbury’s favour and Thomas held his nerve in the final over to see Congresbury home.