Leaders well beaten by Congresbury

STILL smarting from last week when rain prevented a fourth consecutive win, Congresbury travelled to league leaders Old Bristolians-Westbury to try and regain their momentum.

STILL smarting from last week when rain prevented a fourth consecutive win, Congresbury travelled to league leaders Old Bristolians-Westbury to try and regain their momentum.

Congresbury elected to bat on what looked like a good track, but were soon in trouble when both openers went cheaply, courtesy of some sharp fielding, as they attempted to force the pace. Tim Baker and Paul Brean steadied the ship and put on a partnership of 77 before the third wicket fell.

Congresbury then lost wickets at regular intervals, but managed to attain a respectable 192 before the last wicket fell in the 45th over. Tim Baker top scored with a stylish 54, other contributions coming from Paul Brean (33), Neil Frost (26), Reece Sullivan (23) and Danny Bullock (19).

With the unbeaten home side looking to notch up their sixth win of the season, Congresbury's opening attack of Buddhadev Mangaldas and Neil Frost then produced a devastating combination of swing and seam, which had them in trouble right from the start.


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Only Travis Townsend (14), Alex Harris (18) and Will Penny (16) offered any resistance, as the Congresbury pair, supported by some excellent fielding, made life uncomfortable for the league leaders. No batsman was given time to settle as wickets tumbled frequently and the home side were finally all out for 90 in the 25th over. Mangaldas finished with figures of 6-41 and Frost 4 -45.

This weekend Congresbury travel to neighbouring Claverham, who are yet to be beaten this season.

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