High-flying Congresbury make it two victories in two after beating Brislington

PUBLISHED: 15:30 04 July 2019

Martin Board bowling for Congresbury.      Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Martin Board bowling for Congresbury. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A brilliant comeback helped Congresbury secure a tense victory over Brislington at King George V Playing Field last Saturday.

Will Eyres bowling for Congresbury.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONWill Eyres bowling for Congresbury. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

On a typically flat wicket, the hosts won the toss and batted and the opening pair of Justin Yau and Neal Frost settled well, with Frost unlucky to be bowled round his legs with the score on 22.

Mike Fisher joined Yau at the crease and immediately looked in good form, striking the ball cleanly for several boundaries.

Unfortunately, the introduction of spin accounted for Fisher (12) as he played round a straight one from Adeel Khan.

Captain Yau, with the support of Edmunds, continued patiently to give Congresbury a solid foundation against some accurate spin bowling, before he fell two short of his half-century.

Congresbury WK Justin Yau.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONCongresbury WK Justin Yau. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

With Lloyd Richardson now at the crease, Congresbury began to take control as both players rotated the strike brilliantly and took the boundaries on offer.

When Edmunds fell for 50 the score had moved onto 174-4 and the hosts were able to accelerate in the final 10 overs.

Richardson fell for a well played 53 off 57 balls but contributions of 21 from Jack Kearns and 15 not out from Martin Ford helped Congresbury to 245-8 off 50 overs.

Brislington shot off like a rocket after the restart with Milo Ayers smashing the ball to all parts of the ground as he was supported by William Ollis.

With panic setting into the Congresbury ranks the hosts finally got the breakthrough when Ollis was well caught by Ford off the bowling of Sam Evans.

The introduction of Edmunds stemmed the flow of runs and he bowled Jack Gunningham for five before claiming the prized wicket of Ayers who scored 81 off just 61 balls.

Despite the dismissal of Ayers, Brislington were still in a strong position with ex-Gloucestershire pro Rob Cunliffe at the crease.

However, the return of Ford swung the game in Congresbury's favour as he struck three times in a devastating six-over spell including the big wicket of Cunliffe.

Further wickets from Jack Richardson, Will Eyers and Jack Kearns put the game to bed as Brislington fell 13 runs short of their target with one wicket left.

Congresbury welcome Bristol West Indies Phoenix Club to King George V on Saturday at 12.30pm.

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