Timsbury turned the form book upside down with a totally committed performance to beat table-topping Congresbury by 15 runs at home in the West of England Premier League (Bristol and North Somerset). It was just Timsbury’s second win of the season and their first at home but was thoroughly deserved.
After being put into bat Timsbury lost a clutch of early wickets but the innings was held together by vice-captain and opener Adam Brinkworth who came to the party with a fine knock of 74 which included 13 fours. After his dismissal teenager Sol Thompson demonstrated an old head on young shoulders with an unbeaten 24 which saw him at the crease for nearly two hours. He helped the home side bat out the 50 overs available for only the second time this season with good support from Neil Hucker and Steve Clothier to post a total of 161.
Congresbury set about the challenge in positive fashion with captain Justin Yau taking 16 from the first over and at 57-1 looked well on the way to a comfortable victory. However, Timsbury stuck to their task and with Sam Hoddinott taking 3-37 including an excellent caught and bowled the visitors began to lose vital wickets.
At 108-4 they were still in charge but then the introduction of left-arm spinner Clothier proved a master stroke. In 9.4 overs he took 5-16 as Timsbury secured a morale boosting win that put a huge dent in Congresbury’s promotion hopes.
Timsbury seconds experienced contrasting fortunes with a 93-run defeat away to Taveners in the Bristol and District League Division 7. Innings of 63 from Lohit Ramegowda and 61 from Rob Cousins saw the home side total 211-9 from their 45 overs. Neil Hulford (3-33) and Gary Pearcy (3-45) were Timsbury’s top bowlers.
The visitors’ response was disappointing with only Adam Workman (27), Greg Passingham (27) and Paul Cracknell (12) reaching double figures in a total of 118. Ramegowda and Newton both took three wickets for the home side.