Nailsea well beaten in local derby

PUBLISHED: 12:29 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 02 August 2017

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Nailsea were well beaten in their local derby against Congresbury

Sometimes you just have to accept that it’s not going to be your day. That was Nailsea first team’s reality as an impressive Congresbury side took them apart at The Grove in Saturday’s local derby.

With weather likely to be an influence, a much-weakened Nailsea side needed a little bit of luck at the toss. Unfortunately, even that was not to be and with runs hard to come by, a slow start accompanied by regular wickets, meant Nailsea struggled.

Skipper Tom Moss and young James Thompson battled hard against Cameron Harding (1-3 from five overs) and Iraq Thomas (4-21), but it was only a combative 32 from Liam Lester that got Nailsea to a disappointing 86 all out, as Sam and Jack Kearns chipped in with 3-14 and 2-10.

Congresbury’s challenge was to knock off the runs before the weather closed in. With that in mind, Mike Fisher with 20 from 10 balls and Iraq Thomas 37 from 30 balls opened for the visitors and although both fell, the battered Nailsea bowlers were relieved to see the total reached in just the 12th over, with Harding looking in excellent nick with 25 not out.

Nailsea need to regroup and ensure they get back to winning ways as quickly as possible, with Saturday’s trip to Hambrook being a good old fashioned ‘six pointer’.

Nailsea Seconds bowled well to restrict Hallen First team to 160-6 from their 40 overs. There were wickets apiece for Nat Pinkney (1-23), Rich Billows (1-15), James Warren (1-14), Steve Pursey (1-27) and Will Balsam (1-22).

Unfortunately, Nailsea’s reply got off to the worst possible start, with the early loss of Simon Hopkinson for just a single. With only Pinkney, Pursey and Balsam reaching double figures, Nailsea’s reply struggled to just 79.

Churchways are the visitors to The Grove this weekend for the Seconds, while the Thirds, winners by a walkover last week, travel to Pucklechurch.

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