Congresbury batsmen dominate in local derby

PUBLISHED: 09:37 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:37 01 August 2018

Justin Yau.

Justin Yau.

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Congresbury opening batsmen Iraq Thomas and Justin Yau put on 172 for the first wicket in a dominant display against local rivals Claverham.

Congresbury 318-7

Claverham 167

Congresbury 1st XI claimed a vital win over local rivals Claverham when they met at King George V Playing Field on Saturday.

Iraq Thomas (100) and Justin Yau (95) starred with the bat, as the pair shared a 170-run opening stand and Congresbury captain Sam Evans claimed five wickets as the opposition fell well short of the 319 they were set for victory.

On a day where heavy showers were hit or miss, Evans elected to bat on what appeared to be a good wicket. The home team got the perfect start as Thomas and Yau tucked into the Claverham bowling attack.

Thomas was particularly aggressive striking 14 fours and four sixes in his sensational century. With the score on 172 Thomas finally holed out at long-off, but Yau continued on his merry way, punishing any bad deliveries before finally being adjudged lbw, just five short of his century.

The Claverham duo of Mick Edmunds (1-31) and Max Horton (3-58) restored some control for Claverham, but effective contributions from Doug Storey (14), Joe Thompson (20), Ian Perry (15), Jack Kearns (16) and Martin Ford (27 not out) helped Congresbury surpass the 300 mark.

After tea, the hosts came out of the blocks firing and Joe Thompson removed the dangerous Claverham skipper, Lloyd Richardson, for just one. Thompson was aided by a sensational catch at first slip from the flying James Vowles.

Following the vital early breakthrough, Ford piled on the pressure bowling Richard Horton and James Caddick in the same over to reduce the visitors to 5-3.

James Copeland (41) and Jon Watts (26) looked to repair the damage before Evans ended Watts’ resistance with his second ball. Following the dismissal of Watts, wickets began to fall at regular intervals with Evans eventually claiming five for himself.

Thomas picked up one scalp to go with his brilliant century before Ford returned to bowl Edmunds and give Congresbury a 20-point victory.

Congresbury will welcome Brislington to King George V Playing Field on Saturday.

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