Congresbury stay top after excellent victory

PUBLISHED: 11:15 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 July 2017

Jack Kearns.

Jack Kearns.

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Congresbury cemented their position at the top of the league with a fine victory over Timsbury.

Strong all-round performances from Jack Kearns and Cameron Harding helped Congresbury defeat Timsbury and cement their position at the summit of the Bristol and District Senior Division.

Both players bowled tight spells before looking in fluent touch with the bat, helping the home side ease to their target of 190 with 12 overs to spare.

Earlier, Congresbury captain Sam Evans won the toss and elected to bowl on a green wicket with rain in the air.

It looked to be a good decision when Stephen Baker dismissed Adam Brinkworth with his first delivery, but Mark Sage (34) and Graeme Webb (28) added 62 for the second wicket.

Evans dropped Sage at slip off the bowling of Harding, but this did not prove too costly as he reprieved himself a few overs later. Congresbury turned the screw with some outstanding fielding from Harding and Vowles and some tight bowling from the Congresbury spinners.

Congresbury gave Timsbury 20 more runs than they should have got but the visitors score of 219-8 still looked below par.

Congresbury’s run chase started in dodgy fashion when Stuart Castle was caught at slip in the second over. However, Ian Perry (31) and Harding (52) looked in good touch to ease any fears of a batting collapse.

A rain delay saw the target reduced to 190 in 39 overs, but even after Congresbury lost Harding and Fisher (16) to a lazy shot, the home side always appeared in control.

Jack Kearns (48 not out) and Iraq Thomas (31 not out) played superbly to take Congresbury to victory after just 27 overs.

Kearns looked particularly fluent, for once outscoring the impressive Thomas.

Congresbury will welcome Hambrook to King George the V Playing Field on Saturday when they go looking for their seventh consecutive victory.

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