Congresbury Cricket Club fell agonisingly short of victory in their debut season of the SuperCric8 indoor competition.
Having put a disappointing summer campaign behind them, Congresbury embarked on this new challenge with relish, finally falling at the semi-final stage to Weston-Super-Mare C.C.
The North Somerset outfit captained by Clint Harding, father of Somerset junior duo Cameron, 15 and Jack, 12, were undefeated in the group stages, taking down Cleeve, Clevedon and Weston three times apiece, with the matches against Weston being the pick of the bunch.
Having progressed through to the knockout stages, Congresbury met a stubborn Blagdon side full of talented youth and experienced old timers. Despite some shaky moments Harding’s men defended their mediocre total, with Steve Baker earning the plaudits after taking a rare hat-trick.
Unfortunately Congresbury could not maintain their high performance levels and despite having the wood over Weston in the group stages, the sea-siders had their revenge when it really mattered.
Despite defeat, many positives can be taken from the winter tournament, including the high commitment levels, which gave Harding no end of selection dilemmas. Martin Ford’s return to Congresbury has strengthened the seam bowling department and the addition of former Swansea University opening batsmen, Thomas Kear, will bolster the top order for the 2017 outdoor season.
Furthermore, the continued development of the juniors was especially pleasing with Jack Kearns and Cameron Harding playing an integral part in the club’s success. Kearns, 14, is due to fly to Sri Lanka with Somerset Under 15s, in early February.
First XI skipper, Ritchie Bann praised the contribution of the youngsters.
He said, “Cam and Jack have performed consistently well throughout the winter and it is brilliant they have earned county recognition.
“Cam has been an important member of the first team for the previous two seasons and I believe this year he could be our standout player.”