Mike leads Congresbury to victory

PUBLISHED: 09:54 03 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:31 24 May 2010

CONGRESBURY first eleven continued their winning streak with a 30-run home victory against Hambrook. Having won the toss, Congresbury elected to bat and with Paul Brean making his debut as an opener, they got off to a solid start reaching 44 before Br

CONGRESBURY first eleven continued their winning streak with a 30-run home victory against Hambrook.Having won the toss, Congresbury elected to bat and with Paul Brean making his debut as an opener, they got off to a solid start reaching 44 before Brean was caught in the slips for 18. Castle joined Fisher at the crease and thanks to a combination of steady defence and powerful hitting, particularly by Fisher, they got to 121 before the second wicket fell, Castle being bowled for 24. Skipper Lewis, coming in at four, took time to get his timing right, but soon discovered his rhythm and found the boundary with some fine blows. Having got past the 150 mark with only two wickets down, it looked as though Congresbury were going to post a big score.However, with Fisher tiring in the heat, he miscued a pull shot and was caught for 93, seven short of a deserved century. Lewis and Perry then went in quick succession and it was left to Simon Palmer to hit a belligerent 28 and Jamie Dewar a quick-fire 12, to see the home side past the 200 mark. In the end they got to 216 for the loss of six wickets.The Hambrook reply started well enough with opener Harper looking comfortable against the pace of Lewis, hitting him for a number of good fours.At the other end Baker put in another steady spell of bowling and with the score on 36 he got the first breakthrough, trapping Harper leg before for 25. He soon followed this up by bowling the other opener Popperwell, for eight.Hambrook then lost more wickets at regular intervals with Bullock, Andrews and Elliott having success and at 100-7 and with overs running out, it looked like game over. However, Vickery and Parvindar put up stubborn resistance with a partnership of 86 for the seventh wicket, but in the end they ran out of time, closing at 186-8, 30 runs short of the required total.

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