Derby win for Congresbury

PUBLISHED: 09:24 26 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:29 24 May 2010

CONGRESBURY 1st XI continued their good run and consolidated their second place in the league with an excellent win over Nailsea. Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Congresbury opening pair of Fisher and Clifton got off to a steady start against a

CONGRESBURY 1st XI continued their good run and consolidated their second place in the league with an excellent win over Nailsea. Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Congresbury opening pair of Fisher and Clifton got off to a steady start against a good opening attack, but with the score on 28 Fisher was caught off Hardcastle for 15. Storey and Castle both went cheaply and Clifton soon followed them back to the pavilion having made a useful 37, including a number of well-struck boundaries. However, with the top four batsmen gone and with the score on only 64 things did not look too good for the visitors. Lewis and Perry steadied the ship but having put on a valuable 63 for the fifth wicket Perry was caught for 27 including a couple of impressive sixes.Important contributions by Brean and Andrews helped Congresbury get to a total of 164-9 at the end of their 45 overs. On a tricky pitch this was a reasonable score, but Congresbury would need to bowl and field well if they were to defend it successfully.Nalisea got off to a disastrous start, from a home side point of view with Hopkinson being dismissed in the first over for nought by an excellent diving catch by Castle. He was followed by Barnes, bowled in Lewis' next over, leaving the home side reeling with both openers gone and only one run on the board.Bryant and Dann started to rebuild the innings, but with the score on 39 Dann was expertly run out by some smart fielding by Bullock. Davies then contributed to the Nailsea fight back and by the time they had passed the 100 mark for the loss of three wickets, the game was in the balance. However, all the Congresbury bowlers did a good job in keeping things tight, particularly Baker and Andrews, and as a result, pressure mounted on the home side. Andrews trapped Davies leg before for 41 and then Bullock took three quick wickets to put an end to the Nailsea resistance. In the end they were all out 138 in the 44th over 26 runs short of the target.

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