Mike’s century in vain as Congresbury finish seven runs short

PUBLISHED: 11:46 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 06 June 2017

Sam Kearnes batting for Congresbury.

Sam Kearnes batting for Congresbury.

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Congresbury fell just seven runs short of their target against Shirehampton, despite Mike Fisher hitting a century.

Shirehampton 266-7

Congresbury 259-5

A century from Michael Fisher could not prevent Congresbury first XI from losing their unbeaten record away at Shirehampton.

Fisher smashed 110 off just 80 deliveries, but his side fell just eight short in pursuit of the 267-run target set by the home team. Earlier, Gareth Nicholls struck an entertaining 93 not out to give Shire the ascendancy at the halfway stage.

Congresbury captain Ritchie Bann won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that played better than it looked. Despite an early breakthrough from Cameron Harding the away team lacked control with the ball and the hosts capitalised.

Sam Parker (74) played a steady knock that gave Shire control, allowing them to accelerate in the later part of the innings and finish on 266-7.

The wickets were shared around with Stephen Baker, Iraq Thomas and Harding claiming two wickets apiece, Sam Kearns who bowled with good control took the other.

The Congresbury run chase began positively with Stuart Castle (36) and Bann (10) looking assertive from the outset.

When Bann was dismissed trying to clear the infield, Harding came to the wicket and immediately looked comfortable before getting pinned lbw for 21.

This brought Fisher to the crease who calmly constructed his innings to give the away side the chance of chasing down the challenging target.

He found support from Castle, Thomas (19), Ian Perry (14) and Sam Kearns (22 not out), but despite striking a six in the final over he could not get his side over the line.

Congresbury will look to bounce back when they take on Frenchay at home in a top of the table clash on Saturday.


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