Congresbury triumph in run feast

PUBLISHED: 09:24 29 July 2016

Congresbury retained fourth place in the league after a 155-run defeat of Downend 2nd XI.

Congresbury put their recent run drought behind them as they piled on 385 away to Downend 2nd XI in the B&D Senior Division.

Carl Robinson, Congresbury’s 19-year-old overseas player, made 166 after being dropped early on and there were useful contributions from Somerset youth players Cam Harding (37) and Jack Kearns (38) making his first team debut.

The match marked the return to Congresbury after a 10-year absence of Martin Ford, the former Devon county player and England net bowler, who showed he has lost none of his touch with the bat, making 42.

Spin bowler Sam Evans is rapidly emerging as a genuine all-rounder this season and made 37.

Downend never looked like matching the required run rate and were pegged back by Neal Frost and Jack Harding, another Somerset youth player, who bowled well without luck.

Evans picked up three wickets and Robinson two, but Congresbury couldn’t prise out the 10th Downend wicket with the home team finishing on 230-9.

The 155-run victory keeps Congresbury comfortably in fourth place in the league.

There was also a run feast at home where Congresbury’s 2nds entertained B&D fourth division league leaders Twyford House.

Put into bat, Twyford rattled up 301-4 with skipper Andy Nairn not out on 131. Congresbury made a bright reply keeping up with the asking rate as openers Ben Lewis (41) and Stuart Castle (116) piled on 144 for the first wicket.

Congresbury eventually finished on 248-7, losing by 53 runs.

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