Congresbury earn much-needed victory

PUBLISHED: 10:24 13 June 2018

Jos Tomlinson.

Jos Tomlinson.

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Congresbury recorded a much-needed victory over Bath 2nd XI at the King George V Playing Field.

Congresbury 173-6

Bath 172 all out

Congresbury earned themselves a much-needed win over Bath 2nd XI at King George V Playing Field.

Sam Kearns (63) and Joe Thompson (50) steered the hosts to the modest target of 173.

Earlier Sam Evans took 5-19 as Congresbury bundled out the second-placed team out for a below par score.

Bath won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a very flat wicket. However, Congresbury’s opening pair of Martin Ford and Joe Thompson managed to extract enough life out of the wicket to cause the visitors some problems.

Despite the pair’s consistency only one wicket fell early, and it was Ford who grabbed it, bowling Australian Alain Hewitt with a beauty.

With the introduction of Evans and Iraq Thomas, Congresbury seized the initiate with both bowlers taking two wickets in two balls, to reduce Bath to 45-5.

However, Louis Brown and Nedd Dunning built a solid partnership to take the visitors past 100. The reintroduction of Evans saw the partnership broken and along with Jack Kearns, reduced Bath to 118-9.

A last wicket stand of 54 gave the Bath attack something to bowl at.

The chase started in a shaky fashion with Toby Lawrence (9), Ian Perry (0) and Jack Kearns (5) all falling early.

However, Thompson joined Sam Kearns at the wicket and the pair guided Congresbury to the brink of victory.

A mini collapse kept the host interested, but Jos Tomlinson (5 not out) calmly hit the winning runs to give Congresbury their second win of the season.

They will return to action away at table-toppers Winterbourne on Saturday.

The 2nd XI returned to winning ways with a convincing win at Coalpit Heath.

Congresbury won the toss and elected to bat on a warm day and openers Lewis and Castle started positively, Castle hitting some crunching drives down the ground while Lewis timed the ball through the covers and square of the wicket.

As the partnership grew the tempo increased and the Coalpit Heath bowlers had no answer. Lewis finally fell for a well made 74, with the opening partnership worth 151. Castle continued to find the boundaries at will before finally falling for a fine 150. Fisher (38), Vowles (26) and Brean (25) took the total to an imposing 339.

Coalpit Heath’s reply got off to the worst possible start when Billington edged Eyres behind for nought. Ali soon followed falling to Polledri to leave the score 5-2.

Wickets fell at regular intervals backed up by some excellent catching by Congresbury, Castle could do no wrong today as he took a splendid one-handed catch at square leg.

Wickets were shared around the bowlers and Coalpit Heath were all out for 103 as Congresbury ran out winners by 226 runs.

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