Promotion candidates too strong for Congresbury

PUBLISHED: 09:22 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:22 22 July 2016

Congresbury slipped down to fifth position in the B&D Senior Division when they lost by eight wickets at home to Chew Magna.

Another disappointing batting performance saw Congresbury slide to fifth in the B&D Senior Division as they lost by eight wickets at home to second-placed Chew Magna.

After a fighting victory the previous week away to Shirehampton had put them back up to third place, this defeat was galling, but could have been far worse.

Put into bat on a greenish wicket, the home team were teetering on 19-4 and almost buried on 70-7, before a late rally by Clint Harding (30) and James Vowles (23), emerging as one of the more consistent batters in the side this season, helped them towards an eventual 150 all out.

Earlier, young Zimbabwean Carl Robinson, taking time to adjust to English conditions, hit a composed 29 before throwing his wicket away with a careless shot.

Extras accounted for 30 of Congresbury’s runs, including 28 wides.

Chew rely far more on their batting than their bowling for victory and never looked troubled as they cruised home with eight wickets and 17 overs to spare.

Opener David Lawrence (46) and Tejas Bandal, in first wicket down and undefeated on 46, were rarely troubled by Congresbury’s below par attack.

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