Congresbury Bowling Club’s annual Sportsman’s Day made a welcome return to the village calendar on Sunday after being cancelled in 2020 because of Covid restrictions.

Despite a damp start, competitors were in high spirits – many simply glad to be taking part. “It’s just great to be back,” was a typical reaction.

The tournament was reduced to 24 teams from its customary 28 to help manage numbers better. It was won by Congresbury Cricket Club’s Mike Fisher, Sam Evans, Joe Thompson and Jos Tomlinson.

They beat Hannah Vowles’s team 3 Gingers & It in an exciting and close 10-end final. Hannah, who is the cricket club’s welfare officer, led a team which included cricketers Mick Edmunds and Cam Harding with Amber Rizvi. 

Club president Dave Byett presented the teams with their prize money.

Third place went to Danny Bullock’s football club team who beat Dave Towler’s Cofers team.

Cricketers’s success: Jos Tomlinson (left), Sam Evans, Joe Thompson and Mike Fisher who beat Hannah Vowles, Amber Rizvi, Mick Edmunds and Cam Harding in an exciting final pictured with bowling club president Dave Byett