Mick stars with bat and ball for Congresbury

PUBLISHED: 09:16 29 July 2011

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Mick Edmunds stars with the bat and ball in Congresbury's narrow victory at Nailsea.

CONGRESBURY managed to sneak home another win this week, this time away to Nailsea, mostly thanks to a fine all round performance from Mick Edmunds.

Winning the toss and bowling first on a wet track, Edmunds removed Davies and Bryant early, both to catches by Paul Brean during an opening spell of five overs, two wickets for no runs.

Benn and Coppin then battled well, before Justin Andrews managed to entice Benn down the track to be stumped by Brean for 52, followed soon afterwards by Coppin for a patient 15 off 66 balls leaving Nailsea at 76-4.

Jury and Blower took the score up to 169 in the final over before Blower was caught for an enterprising 47. This left skipper Hardcastle with the last two balls to face and smashed two sixes to see Nailsea finish on 181-6, (Dury 33 not out).

Edmunds was the pick of the bowlers, collecting 2-18 off 13 overs, Steve Baker collected 2-42 and Nick Doherty was unfortunate to not pick up a wicket.

Congresbury made a poor start with Kieran Palmer and Neal Frost both being dismissed for ducks, a wicket each to Hardcastle and Allard.

Perry and Fisher managed to take the score to 30 before Fisher was dismissed for 20. A crucial partnership then took place between Edmunds and Perry, which took the score to 120 before Perry was caught for 33.

Castle and Brean went cheaply as Edmunds took responsibility for dragging Congresbury towards the total. Andrews was then lbw for nought and with Mike Brooks absent injured, the nerves were jangling.

With 10 required though, Edmunds finished the game with a six and four off consecutive balls as he took Congresbury to 182-7.

Edmunds unbeaten 111 contained 11 fours and four sixes and was a fine knock in difficult circumstances, leaving him as Congresbury’s man of the match. For Nailsea, Allard was the most successful bowler, collecting 4-35.

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