Timsbury’s cricketers still searching for win – Congresbury 213 Timsbury 187–8

By Leah Smith in Cricket

Timsbury are still looking for their first win of the season in the Bristol and District League Senior Division after a 26-run home defeat against Congresbury.

The home side paid a heavy penalty for missed chances early on, but the main difference was an excellent innings of 103 from the experienced Mike Fisher. After being put into bat, Congresbury lost two early wickets, but then Fisher joined opener, Stuart Castle, who had benefited from the dropping lapses and together they added 92 before Castle was dismissed for 45. West Indian overseas signing, Thomas, threatened briefly before he was caught on the boundary by Mark Sage off the bowling of Timsbury skipper, Steve Clothier, who was the home side’s best bowler with 4–40. Fisher ended his crucial innings by being unluckily run out at the non-bowler’s end.

Chasing 214 for victory, Timsbury lost Jon Strand in the first over and Nathan Hawkins and Greg Passingham also went early. Mark Sage battled hard to keep the innings going and received good support from Kevin Sibley on his home debut. Sage was eventually dismissed for 45 and Sibley for 24, but despite handy knocks from Gary Pearcy (30) and Jesse Bishop (28 not out), the home side never really threatened. Sam Evans was the visitors’ top bowler with 3–33.

Next week, Timsbury hope to get off the mark with an away fixture at Nailsea and on Sunday, they entertain Chew Magna in the first round of the National Village Cup (1 p.m. start).

M. Tucker