Mike smashes third century of the season for Congresbury

PUBLISHED: 09:19 30 June 2017

Mike Fisher.

Mike Fisher.

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Mike Fisher's third century of the season helped Congresbury to a seven-wicket victory at home to Downend.

Mike Fisher’s third century of the season steered Congresbury to a comfortable victory at home to Downend.

Fifteen-year-old Jack Kearns scored his maiden half-century for the club before the home side’s opening attack blew away the Downend batting.

Downend won the toss and elected to bowl on a wicket with a good grass covering, however, they were wasteful with the new ball.

Congresbury’s opening pair of Ian Perry (46) and Stuart Castle (28) created a solid platform for the home side, reaching 91-0.

However, four wickets for the loss of just 12 runs, halted the Congresbury onslaught, giving Downend much greater control.

Following a brief rain delay which reduced the game to 42 overs per side, Fisher and Kearns took control. Fisher (121 not out) was the more dominant of the two, hitting eight fours and 10 sixes in his 71-ball innings.

Kearns (61 not out) refused to be overshadowed, plundering two sixes and seven fours of his own to help Congresbury to 299-4.

In reply, Downend never got going and the opening partnership of Cameron Harding and Martin Ford were too good for the batsmen.

Together they tore the heart out of the opposition with some intimidating pace bowling, Ford taking three scalps and Harding two. Iraq Thomas took centre stage to clean up the tail and claim four victims of his own, bundling the opposition out for just 47.

Congresbury are now top of the table, but face second-placed Twyford House away from home on Saturday.

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