Derby defeat for Congresbury

PUBLISHED: 12:36 01 June 2018

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Congresbury slipped to defeat in the local derby against Claverham.

Congresbury fell to their third loss of the season away at local rivals Claverham on Saturday.

The toss proved to be vital with the Friday night rain seeping under the covers at Henley Lane. Claverham duly won the toss and inserted Congresbury on what can only be described as a lively wicket.

The hosts’ opening attack used the conditions brilliantly, bowling a nagging line and length and refusing to give the batsmen any looseners.

Joe Thompson (31), Mike Fisher (15) and Jack Kearns (13) were the only three batsmen to score double figures as Congresbury were bundled out for 89.

With the pitch drying all the time, Congresbury looked for quick wickets in response and found one early when Martin Ford claimed an early caught and bowled.

The next ball Ford had a huge lbw shout against Claverham captain Lloyd Richardson (25) turned down.

However, the extra pace of the Congresbury attack proved to be unsuited to the wicket and Congresbury changed tactics with the introduction of spinner Sam Evans and seam bowler Neal Frost.

Both immediately found a bit of life in the wicket with Evans getting extravagant spin and Frost making the ball pop off a length.

Both claimed two wickets apiece, but despite numerous appeals for catches and several lbw shouts, Claverham knocked the runs off with five wickets remaining.

Congresbury will look to bounce back away against Brislington on Saturday.

Congresbury 2nd XI made it four wins out of four when they disposed of Patchway 1st XI by four wickets.

Jack Harding, Will Eyres, Stephen Baker, Josie Cherson and Felix Jenkins picked up wickets for Congresbury, before Stuart Castle, Paul Brean and Jenkins starred with the bat.

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