Iraq smashes 15 sixes in his unbeaten 141 for Congresbury
PUBLISHED: 09:25 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:25 07 July 2017
Congresbury’s overseason all-rounder Iraq Thomas smashed 141 not out including 15 sixes as he helped his side to a top of the table victory over Twyford House.
Iraq Thomas smashed an unbeaten 141 as Congresbury edged out Twyford House in a top of the table clash at Penpole Lane.
Thomas’ innings lasted just 71 deliveries, but included 15 sixes in a sensational display of hitting. Alec Bosomworth passed 50 for the hosts but they always looked likely to come up short of Congresbury’s total.
Twyford skipper Tom Armfield won the toss and elected to bowl on a wicket with a bit a bit of moisture. However, Ian Perry (29) and Ritchie Bann (28) applied themselves well to give Congresbury a solid platform.
The loss of Perry, Bann and Cameron Harding in a short space of time turned the game in Twyford’s favour and further wickets of Mike Fisher and Jack Kearns left the visitors floundering on 114-5.
However, Stuart Castle (23) joined Thomas at the wicket and the Congresbury overseas player took the game by the scruff off the neck with an incredible assault on the Twyford bowling.
Despite being dropped three times, no-one can deny what a magnificent performance it was from Thomas leading his side to 276-7 off 45 overs.
Following the tea interval, the hosts came out with purpose and Mark Fowler (45) and Ross Sutton (42) put on 80 for the first wicket.
Now Thomas stepped up with the ball, taking a sharp caught and bowled chance to dismiss Fowler.
Bosomworth joined Sutton at the wicket, but despite not taking wickets the Congresbury bowling reasserted some control before the drinks break with Sam Kearns and Thomas bowling tight lines.
After drinks, the game swung towards Congresbury for good with Kearns removing Sutton and Armfield in quick succession. Bosomworth played with imagination, but once Harding returned to move him the chase looked over for Twyford.
Twyford finished 45 runs short of their target on 232-8. Thomas completed a brilliant day for him personally, taking three wickets with Kearns and Harding taking two apiece.
Congresbury will travel to Bristol West Indies on Saturday for what is always a tough fixture.