2017 – Bradford Premier League 2nd Team

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Bradford Premier League 2nd Eleven  

Match Reports 2017

Final League Position = 5th, 222 Points

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Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

At Tofts Rd

Saturday August 19th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

On possibly the greenest pitch ever prepared at Tofts Road, James had no issue with inserting PSL.

Unfortunately Congs bowled poorly with the new ball struggling to get it full enough. Archie Scott reached his half century without many issues. Sam and Max C did the damage in the middle overs with Sam getting 4 wickets and Max 3. PSL Skipper Jordan Moore scored some valuable runs at the end of the innings getting PSL up to a good total of 181. Max B managed to burgle out the tail picking up 2 wickets in 3 balls for no runs.

PSL 181 all out

Mark: 8-2-26-1

Adam: 12-1-43-0

Sam: 15-2-58-4

Max C: 11-0-40-3

Max B: 0.3-0-0-2

Tom and Keegan were watchful against a new ball which was doing bits and punished the odd loose one as the bowlers tired. Both fell soon after one another for 23 apiece. Max Chappell and Max Backhouse batted well together putting on 61 before Chaps was stumped for 12 after charging at one and missing it – 113 for 3. Requiring 69 off 30 overs seemed a simple task but Congs collapsed once again through some poor shots and senseless batting. Chris Sharkey was the pick of the PSL bowlers picking up 4 wickets for only 9 runs.

Pudsey Congs 151 all out off 36.5 overs.

Max Backhouse 44

PSL (18) beat Pudsey Congs (7) by 30 runs


Pudsey Congs v East Bierley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday August 5th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

With Chris, Max and Liam out injured and Ash working, Congs fielded an inexperienced side.

East Bierley batted first and got off to a strong start on a good looking wicket. Mark and Josh toiled away but without creating many chances.  Adam and Sam came on and started to build some pressure with tight bowling, Sam eventually getting the break through trapping opener Jim Higgins LBW for a well made 42.  – 90 for 1. Adam picked up the second wicket with the score on 123. Congs then dug in and bowled tight. Mark and Josh came back on and restricted Bierley to 215 all out in the 49th over. A great effort considering they were on 180 with 16 overs left. Opener Ross Monaghan made 100 for Bierley.

East Bierley 215 all out 48.5 overs

Mark: 10.2-1-38-4

Josh: 10-0-47-3

Adam: 14-1-50-1

Sam: 14-1-75-1

Ross and Keegan opened up but both were out cheaply leaving Congs 16 for 2. Max Chappell and James were rebuilding the innings and put on 27 together before James (12) edged one to 1st slip who took a sharp catch. Sam and Mark both got out in single figures and Congs were 70 for 5. Gopal came in at 7 and batted in his aggressive unorthodox style. Whilst these two were in together it looked like we were going to chase down the total easily unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Max was dismissed for a well made 57 but that signalled the end as the tail failed to make any impact. Gopal was dismissed just 2 short of his half century. With only three Congs batters making double figures, it was another disappointing day with the bat.

Congs all out for 160 off 44.4 overs.

Max Chappell 57, Gopal 48. 

East Bierley (19) beat Pudsey Congs (7) by 55 runs. 


Yeadon v Pudsey Congs

Priestley Shield Quarter Final

At White Swan Ground

Sunday July 30th, 2017

Match report

Pudsey Congs innings of 131 was very much built around opener Keegan Moodley, who was sixth out at 103 after making 43., but no-one else topped 20 as the wickets were shared between five bowlers.

Although Yeadon lost two early wickets, pretty much everyone else chipped in as they triumphed in the 38th over, led by Aaron Day, Ryan Mooney, Sam Massheder and Robbie Welsh.


Yeadon v Pudsey Congs

At White Swan Ground

Saturday July 29th, 2017

Match report

Cellar dwellers Yeadon were indebted to skipper and opening bat Andy Pickering, whose 51 was the backbone of their 161-7 at home to Pudsey Congs, whose best bowlers were Adam Patrick (2-36 off 15 overs) and Max Backhouse (3-25).

Congs replied with 152, Mark Ferguson top-scoring with 41 as Ryan Mooney took 4-27 and Matthew Yeadon 3-41.


Morley v Pudsey Congs

At Scatcherd Lane

Saturday July 22nd, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

On a damp Saturday morning Congs turned up at Morley to a deck that screamed seam bowling. Unfortunately we had 2 of our seamers on holiday and 1 injured. Still we elected to bowl first.

Mark and Josh opened up and bowled well. Mark castled #1 batter who, after missing a pearler, decided to try and smash the next ball for 6 but missed it again. Mark also picked up the wicket of the other Morley opener LBW. 30 for 2 was a decent start for the Congs. The 3rd wicket also fell to Mark dismissing #3 batter for a well made 38, Max B took the catch. After using up our seam options, Congs had to turn to the spin of Jacques and Max Backhouse.

Max got the dangerous Jak Murphy to run past one and James did the stumping. At 68 for 5 hope of bowling Morley out for under 100 seemed on but with aggressive batting from experienced Tom Medley and Bradford League veteran Richard Winn, Morley got up to 135, but not before Max had picked up his 2nd 5 for in 2 weeks. Not bad for a Southerner!!!!!!!!

Morley 135 all out off 46 overs 

Mark: 12-3-31-4

Josh: 7-2-20-0

Jacques: 14-3-48-1

Max: 13-4-33-5

In reply Congs batted disastrously. Morley bowlers were swinging it round corners and we failed to have the resolve to combat it. Only Keegan who scored 27 and Jacques who made 18, could sit in the dressing room at the end of the end without embarrassment.

Pudsey Congs 71 all out off 33.5 overs

Morley (16) beat Pudsey Congs (5) by 64 runs.


Bradford & Bingley v Pudsey Congs

Priestley Shield Second Round

At Wagon Lane

Sunday July 19th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

After Macca making the Captain nearly miss the start of the game, Liam did the tossing up duties and lost. B&B elected to bowl with a team made up mainly of juniors.

James and Tom opened up on a very used wicket. James was the first wicket to fall fending off a well directed bouncer to the keeper for 8. Keegan (12) was looking in decent touch and was unlucky to get out taking out a bouncer which got abit big on him and feathering it again through to the keeper. Jacques was disappointed to be adjudged LBW for 9 as he thought he’d hit it but Congs were stalling at 50 for 3. This rapidly became 60 for 8 as once again Congs had a middle order collapse. Only Mark and Harry added runs to make the score some what respectable.

Pudsey Congs 115 all out off 36.5 overs

Mark 36

Mark and Liam opened the bowling and Mark got rid of the dangerous Warren Allitt for only 4. #2 and #3 were watchful and after 10 overs Congs turned to the Spin twins of Jacques and Gopal. These two squeezed the game and B&B dug themselves into a hole. Jacques picked up both these wickets to complete his amazing bowling spell. 57 for 3 Congs were getting more into the game. B&B kept using up the overs, Liam and Mark came back on and both nipped put a wicket. 104 for 6. Harry Jackson came on following some tight overs from Keegan and Ross and repeated his performance from the day before getting two priceless wickets for only 1 run! With only youngsters left to bat Congs took advantage of some suicidal running and won the game with 2 run outs. An exciting end to an otherwise awful days cricket.

B&B 109 all out off 48.4 overs

Mark: 10-1-24-2

Liam: 10-3-22-2

Jacques: 10-4-16-2

Gopal: 10-3-18-0

Ross: 2-0-4-0

Keegan: 4-0-19-0

Harry: 2.4-1-1-2

Pudsey Congs Beat Bradford and Bingley by 6 runs. 


Pudsey Congs v Batley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday July 15th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Batley exercised their right to bowl first and inserted Congs on a green top with plenty of over head cloud.

Congs opened with James and Tom. Tom looked in good touch before getting out for 11. Max came in 3 and dug in against some good bowling especially from V Mirza. Max tried to up the run rate but ran past one and was stumped for 10. Ash and James batted through to drinks with a solid platform of 79 for 2. James fell the over after drinks for 30, trying to punish a short wide ball but didn’t manage to get it over the fielder at point who pulled off a good catch.

Max Chappell came in at five and Congs started to get on top of the Batley bowling. Just as Ash was looking like he was going to get a big score he was caught out for 35. Max continued to punish the bad ball with support from Gopal (10) and Mark (24.) Max ended up on a very well made 49*. Well batted lad.

Pudsey Congs 189 for 9 off 50 overs

Max 49*, Ash 35, James 30

In reply Batley lost early wickets with Liam picking up 2 with only 7 on the board. Mark looked dangerous and kept beating the edge. Congs had to be patient as the 3rd wicket put on 50 runs. The breakthrough was eventually found with a good run out by Harry Jackson (on debut for the 2s.) Max Chappell and Max Backhouse bowled well in tandem and dried up the runs. MB got the 4th wicket bowling the opener B. Abbas for 48. MB picked up another 4 wickets in his 11 over spell for only 29 runs killing off Batleys hopes of winning the game. Harry mopped up the tail getting 2 wickets!

Batley 140 all out off 38.3 overs.

Mark: 8-0-24-0

Liam: 8-1-24-2

Max C: 6-1-21-0

Max B: 11-1-29-5

Josh: 3-0-10-0

Harry: 2.3-0-18-2

Pudsey Congs (18) beat Batley (5) by 49 runs. 


Farsley v Pudsey Congs

At Red Lane

Saturday July 8th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Farsley won the toss and elected to bat first on a good wicket.

Jamie and Mark both picked up a wicket early reducing Farsley to 10 for 2. Adnan Mahmood and Adam Slater rebuilt the innings and batted well putting on over 100 for the 4th wicket before Max got rid of Slater two shy of his 50 with a good catch by Adam. Jamie picked up the 4th wicket dismissing Arslan Mahmood LBW. Ben tempest was the 5th wicket to fall trying to sneak a bye but James hit the stumps running him out. 173 for 5. Congs bowled really well restricting Farsley to only 50 runs off the last 10 picking up 4 wickets on the way. Jamie completing his 15 overs, 5 for 44. Well bowled lad.

Farsley 197 for 9 off 50 overs

Jamie: 15-1-44-5

Mark: 3-1-5-1

Chris: 7-3-27-0

Liam: 11-0-48-1

Adam: 6-1-25-0

Max: 8-0-35-1

Congs in reply started horrendously and were 18 for 4 within 6 overs. Max and Imran batted well together counter attacking against the spin of R. Blackburn and pace of R. Sutcliffe. Imran then mistimed one and was caught and bowled for 35 ending the partnership of 60 runs. Mark hit a quick fire 25 which included 3 sixes but then dollied up a catch which was held. 114 for 6. Adam came in #8 and as Max brought up his half century it looked like these two were going to bring the victory home. Unfortunately Max got caught out for 55, and then Adam was bowled for 35 not long after. Farsley ran through the tail bowling us out 30 runs shy.

Pudsey Congs 168 all out off 42.2 overs

Max 55, Imran 35, Adam 35.

Farsley (18) beat Pudsey Congs (6) by 29 runs. 


Pudsey Congs v Woodlands

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday July 1st, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

With a very green looking wicket Woodlands surprised everyone and opted for a toss, won it and elected to bat first.

Congs opened up the bowling with Liam and Mark and immediately caused the Woodlands openers problems. Mark under captains ordered bowled a very troubling quick opening spell, and at the other end Liam probed on the 4th stump line. This pressure brought the breakthrough with a good grab from Max at 1st slip dismissing L. Brearley for 6. Chris came on for Mark and bowled absolutely beautifully dismissing J. Carter (15) with Max again doing the business. Mark manufactured the 3rd wicket with some very tidy work at mid wicket gaining the run out of J.McGahan. Chris got his 2nd wicket getting rid of the other opener N Rushworth for 24 with Adam taking a good catch. 59 for 4.

Jacques was brought on and after an expensive start decided to come around the wicket and started to bowl magically. Eventually getting his reward removing J Bleazard. Adam built pressure and picked up his wicket with an absolutely fantastic catch by Max in the deep.  At 83 for 6 Congs had their tails up but with some very patient batting Woodlands soaked up the pressure and started to build a total. Chris came back on and in partnership with Josh made runs difficult to come by. As Woodlands tried to hit out in the final overs Chris dismissed the set batsman and Liam finished off the innings with a run out off the final ball.

Woodlands 151 for 9 off 50 overs

Mark: 4-1-3-0

Liam: 10-2-26-1

Chris: 14-1-54-4

Jacques: 11-1-34-1

Adam: 7-2-19-1

Josh: 4-0-14-0

Congs opened up with James and Tom and tried to be positive from the start. Due to the two paced nature of the wicket runs came slowly and when Tom was caught out for 4 Woodlands felt on top. 20 for 1.

Max and James played positive cricket and really got on top of the Woodlands attack. With the philosophy of not letting any bowler settle, runs came freely and even with the many bowling changes, Congs got ahead of the game. Max brought up his half century, followed soon after by James and Congs were strolling home. Max was unfortunately run out at the non strikers end for a superb 56. This ended a partnership of 107. Jacques came in 4 and together with James knocked off the remaining runs.

Pudsey Congs 152 for 2 off 30.4 overs

Max 56, James 67* 

Pudsey Congs (19) beat Woodlands (3) by 8 wickets 


Pudsey Congs v New Farnley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday June 24th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Congs won the toss and elected to bat on a good wicket with a full strength side.

Opening up with Tom and Max, both looked to be going well until Tom got a good ball which bowled him for 10, Ash (2) never really got going but was very unlucky to be adjudged LBW which looked to be going well over the stumps. 27 for 2 was not an ideal start but it was about to get a lot worse when Max who had got a well made 21 was bowled with a Jaffer by Nick Johnson. Imran looked to counter attack but only managed 11 before chipping one up and was caught. 66 for 5 soon became 66 for 6 when Jacques was given out LBW… again it looked questionable. James came in 7 but after successfully digging out the first ball Yorker, failed to do the same to the second and was castled. 66 for 7. Good bowling quickly got rid of the Congs tail and we were bundled out in the 28th over for 81.

Previously mentioned Nick Johnson left the field with excellent bowling figures of 7.4-2-21-6. It was a real shame our batting wasn’t anywhere near the standard required to compete.

Pudsey Congs 81 all out off 27.4 overs

In reply New Farnley batted very patiently but Chris and Mark troubled them often beating the edges but frustratingly unable to find the snicks. Chris picked up 2 LBWs in quick succession and at 36 for 2 Congs tried to pile on the pressure. Adam and Jacques both tried to create chances but whilst choking the runs neither failed to break down the New Farnley defences.

New Farnley 82 for 2 off 26.2 overs

Only positive of the day were the bowling figures

Mark: 7-4-21-0

Chris: 8-4-11-2

Adam: 6.2-5-9-0

Jacques: 5-0-17-0

New Farnley (19) beat Congs (1) by 8 wickets 


Pudsey Congs v Hartshead Moor

Priestley Shield First Round

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Sunday June 18th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

On another scorching afternoon Congs lost the toss and were invited to field, but following a nail biting victory the day before, morale was high and we set about bowling the Hartshead batters out.

Mark and Liam both looked dangerous and made the batters play false shots and it was Mark who made the early breakthrough ‘yorking’ the #2 batter with the score only on 11. Jacques and Adam came on after 10 overs and with Hartshead wanting to push on, took wickets at key intervals. A special mention needs to be given to Mark who took an outstanding diving catch infront of the pavilion.

The Hartshead Captain batted well and brought up his half century before Adam dismissed him with the help of safe hands Keegan! With the score on 125 for 5, Congs pressed home their advantage and Gopal bowled his overs very economically. Mark and Liam cleaned up the tail professionally bowling them out for a below par score of 179.

Hartshead Moor 179 all out off 48.1 overs.

L. Brooke 58

Mark: 9.1-2-20-3

Liam: 9-1-26-1

Adam: 10-2-33-4

Jacques: 10-2-37-1

Gopal: 9-1-33-1

Joe: 1-0-14-1

Following another fantastic tea of chicken wings, spare ribs and chicken drumsticks, Congs sent about the chase opening up with Tom and Keegan. Keegan was the first wicket to fall with the score on only 4. Jacques came in 3 and together these put on a partnership of 48 before Tom was bowled for 22. Imran came in #4 but he was caught out brilliantly in the deep for 9. James batted sensibly with Jacques and 26 more runs were added until Jacques (34) tried lifting one over mid off and was caught out. 88-4.

Macca came in #6 and batted in his usual swashbuckling style but after hitting a six to cow tried to repeat the feat again and was caught out for 10. 107 for 5 became 120 for 6 as James (18) snicked one to the stood up keeper. Gopal and Mark steadied the ship but when Mark (18) was bowled with us requiring 33 to win it was a little bit squeaky bum time.

Adam decided that smashing it would be the best way forward and hit the winning runs scoring 32 with included 6 fours. Gopal was at the other end on 13*. Well batted lads.

Pudsey Congs 183 for 7 off 28.3 overs 

Jacques 34

Adam 32*

The next round of the shield will be away at Bradford and Bingley on Sunday the 16th July.


Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs

At Wakefield Road

Saturday June 17th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Lightcliffe won the toss and elected to bat first on a good wicket in the hot sunshine.

Liam got the early breakthrough and was well supported by Mark and Jacques. Liam picked up another 3 wickets and got a run out with a direct hit from square leg! Adam came out and got the last 3 wickets, including a fantastic one handed caught and bowled. Adam finished the game off with a very accurate throw running out the last batter.

Lightcliffe 162 all out off 48.3 overs

Liam: 15-4-26-4

Mark: 5-1-14-0

Jacques: 15-4-39-1

Adam: 9-0-28-3

Gopal: 4.3-0-36-0

Following an interesting tea consisting of tuna and ham together in a sandwich, Congs set about chasing down the total.

Tom, Ash and Ross all went quickly and at 30 for 3, Congs hadn’t got off to the start that we wanted. Keegan and Jacques both made it to double figures and then gifted their wickets away. 68 for 5 and 167 was looking a long way off. James and Gopal rebuilt and put on over 50 together until James got caught at mid off for 45 leaving us on 122 for 6.

Chris joined Gopal and pushed the scoring along until a mistimed single was the undoing of Gopal – being run out for a well batted 41. 143 for 7. Chris and Adam then both went quickly and at 149 for 9 it was down to Liam and Mark to knock off the remaining 17 runs! A very nail biting finish to a great game of cricket.

Pudsey Congs 166 for 9 off 42.5 overs

James 45, Gopal 41.

Pudsey Congs (18) beat Lightcliffe (6) by 1 wicket. 


Pudsey Congs v Bowling Old Lane

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday June 10th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

On a damp and cloudy Saturday, BOL chose to bowl first. Congs batted woefully and in no time at all we were 47 for 8. Gopal (40) and Joe (16*) dug in and showed resolve putting on 53 runs for the 9th wicket getting us over 100.

Pudsey Congs 102 all out off 37 overs.

Gopal 40

In reply Congs opened up with Adam and Liam and with good support in the field, these two bowled well in partnership. BOL batters tried to bat very aggressively but kept getting undone by the straight ball. 46 for 9 with Adam taking 4 and Liam taking 5 and Congs had their tails up! #10 got hold of a few and got the total to 79 before we had to go off for rain. Once it had finally stopped spitting it only took max 3 balls before the #11 batter couldn’t resist having a smash at one and lobbing the ball up to Ash to catch.

Good to get back to winning ways but we will have to bat much better than what we did today if we want to continue pushing up the table.

Bowling Old Lane 79 all out off 31.5 overs

Adam: 15-7-28-4

Liam: 12-3-23-5

Joe: 2-1-9-0

Max: 1.5-0-7-1

Gopal: 1-1-0-0

Pudsey Congs (15) beat Bowling Old Lane (5) by 23 runs 


Hanging Heaton v Pudsey Congs

At Bennett Lane

Saturday June 3rd, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Congs won the toss and elected to bat first.

Congs opened the batting with Ross and Tom, HH opened with the ex first team bowler D. Busfield. Ross (0) was bowled with a Jaffer 2nd ball, Keegan (who recently resigned for Congs) could only nick off his 3rd ball to the wicketkeeper without troubling the scorers. 0 for 2 after the first over was a disastrous start to the innings. Tom (2) then got judged LBW – 2 for 3. Imran and Jacques then went on the counter attack and each hit a couple of nice boundaries, unfortunately Imran then mistimed a drive and was caught out on 13. 29 for 4. James (0) came in #6 but could no nothing to a full ball that nipped away and took the outside edge. 31 for 5. Jacques was still being positive finding attack to be the best form of defence but he too was then undone by the bowling of Busfield, given out LBW for a 32 which included 5 fours and 1 six. 58 for 6, Busfield had got 5 of them. Chris and Gopal rebuilt the innings, batting properly and doing some good digging in whilst punishing the bad ball. Bradford League veteran John Carruthers was bowling with his usual danger but the breakthough came from Jamie Baulk from the other end, Gopal (21) tried going downtown but could only find the fielder at mid-on. 92 for 7. Adam hit a lovely 4 through the covers but could then only dolly up a caught and bowled the next ball and Carruthers dived forward and caught it well. 100 for 8. Enter the man of the moment Mark Ferguson. Helped by some buffet bowling from Jamie Baulk (44 off 5 overs) and Michael Horner (27 off 4 overs), Mark bludgeoned his way to his first Bradford League half century. Chris (29) was eventually out LBW but a massive mention must be given to Sam who did his best Gandalf impression of ‘YOU SHALL NOT PASS!’ He blocked 43 balls for 4 runs and allowed Mark to score an unbeaten 67 getting the score up to 192.

Pudsey Congs 192 all out off 41.3 overs

Mark Ferguson 67*

In reply HH opened with Imran Dawood and Ollie Newton. Imran capitalised on the short ball hitting Mark for consecutive 6s. Ollie was more watchful and struggled early on against Chris. Chris got the breakthrough dismissing Dawood (32) with a sharp catch by Jacques at second slip. 40 for 1. Rob McFarlane came in #3 and Congs turned to the spin of Jacques and Sam. McFarlane chanced his arm and luck was on his side as several miss-hits found the gaps. Sam eventually bowled him out for a quick fire 69 off 47 balls which included 11 fours and 2 sixes. But at 153 for 2 it was too little too late. Adam came on but Newton was seeing it like a beach ball and hit several maximums. Newton brought up the winning runs and his pleasure was clear to see as he sped off the pitch.

Hanging Heaton 196 for 2 off 29.4 overs.

O. Newton 70*, R. Mcfarlane 69.

Chris: 6.0-1-28-1
Mark: 5.0-1-31-0
Sam: 9.4-1-72-1
Jacques: 5.0-1-30-0

Adam: 4.0-0-32-0

Hanging Heaton (20) beat Pudsey Congs (4) by 8 wickets.

A very disappointing game but in the end we were beaten by a team that bowled, batted and fielded better than us.

Hard work midweek at training will be required for us to come out all guns blazing against Bowling Old Lane next weekend.


Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Monday May 29th, 2017

Rained Out

After waiting until 4pm to see if the rain would stop, we had to abandon the game without a ball being bowed. Another very frustrating day of cricket.


East Bierley v Pudsey Congs

At South View Rd

Saturday May 27th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Congs exercised the right to bowl first and opened up with Liam and Mark who both bowled well but struggled to create chances. Gopal came on with the threat of rain looming and instantly made the breakthrough. The biblical rain then arrived and the outfield was flooded. Noah’s ark came and went and we waited for the wicket to dry. We then had an early tea, I had pie and peas. We then waited for the wicket to look like an indian dust track… Eventually we started playing cricket again. Hurray!

 Congs bowed tight areas and East Bierley were defensive. Gopal and Jacques picked up wickets regularly and we were on top through out the innings. Josh and Adam came on and both picked up a wicket each whilst keeping the run rate at a snails pace. Chris came on for a short sharp spell and picked up a brace of wickets. Jacques cleaned up the tail in the 48th over.

East Bierley: 157 all out off 47.3 overs.

Mark Ferguson: 8.0-4-23-0
Liam Stanhope: 5.0-0-20-0
Gopal Makwana: 6.0-2-18-2
Jacques Allen: 8.3-2-24-3
Adam Patrick: 8.0-3-18-1
Joshua Chapman: 7.0-1-21-1

Chris Doey: 5.0-0-17-2

Due to the wet weather rules meaning the lost overs come off the second innings, Congs had 22 overs to chase 157.

Congs lost the wickets of James and Imran early and were 14 for 2, not the best of starts. Tom was aggressive but East Bierley protected the boundaries well. Jacques and Gary both scored lowly and when Tom was bowled after batting superbly for 46 Congs were 81 for 5. Adam kept the chase alive with a couple of boundaries but was caught on the fence trying to hit a maximum. Chris was unluckily judged LBW first ball, leaving Gopal (23*) and Mark to bat out the remaining overs for a rain affected draw.

A very frustrating day spoilt by the weather.

Pudsey Congs: 102 for 7 off 22 overs.

Tom Elliot 46.

Both teams received 8 points each.


Pudsey Congs v Yeadon

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday May 20th, 2017

Rained Out


Pudsey Congs v Morley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday May 13th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Morley surprised everyone by not exercising their right to have a bowl first on a green wicket with grey skies and wanting a toss. James had to borrow a coin….

Congs won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Liam Stanhope and Chris Doey opened up and were perhaps trying a bit too hard and Morley capitalised on the loose stuff. Luckily they were trying to set us 300 and after going hard at every ball, gave up multiple chances that were taken.

Morley were 56 for 3 off 10 overs. Joshua Chapman came on for Liam and bowled lovely, taking 3 wickets in his 7 over spell. Adam and Jacques cleaned up the rest.

Morley 126 all out off 33.2 overs

Chris: 10-2-41-3

Liam: 7-1-40-1

Josh: 7-3-13-3

Adam: 7-1-22-1

Jacques: 2.2-2-0-2

Following the best cricket tea I think I’ve ever had – thanks Jayne – Congs opened with James Lindley-Dawe and Gary Lewsley. Gary (0) was soon back in the changing rooms missing a full swinging delivery and getting trapped LBW on the crease. Ashley Slater (3) came in at three and was very watchful before chipping one up to square leg, his cry of ‘OH NO!’ said it all.

Max Backhouse came together with James and these two settled the innings and put on 48 with a mixture of hard hitting and aggressive running. James eventually feathered one to the wicketkeeper for 34.

Jacques Allen (6) came and went quickly and fears of a batting collapse were alive until Tom Elliot (17) calmly hung around with Max to get us over the line 4 down.

Pudsey Congs 127 for 4 off 33.5 overs

Max 62, James 34.

Pudsey Congs (19) beat Morley (3) by 6 wickets.


Batley v Pudsey Congs

At Purwell Hall Road

Saturday May 6th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

With Sam Wisniewski, Ashley Slater and Max Backhouse getting called up to the firsts, Gopal Makwana, Imran Ahmed and Mark Ferguson – back at Congs following his time at Adel – came into the side.

Congs exercised the right to bowl first and opened up with Chris Doey and Mark Ferguson. Both bowled well but the Batley openers were aggressive and luck was on their side as they went along at 5 an over. Jacques Allen came on first change and broke the partnership picking up 2 wickets in his first over.

Jacques bowled well in tandem with Gopal Makwana, Gopal building the pressure and Jacques regularly taking wickets. Adam Patrick came on for Gopal and bowled tight lines but the Batley batters eventually found a liking for his bowling and scored heavily in his last over. Jacques brought up his 5-for with a deceptive piece of spin. Just what he deserved. Chris and Mark came back to bring the innings to a close.

Batley 219 for 7 off 50 overs

Chris: 10-0-61-0
Mark: 9-2-28-1
Jacques: 15-2-48-5
Gopal: 9-2-29-0

Adam: 7-1-40-1

After a light tea, Congs replied with James Lindley-Dawe and Gary Lewsley opening the batting. James (21) looked to be aggressive and scored freely before trying one too many and getting bowled with the score on 27 for 1. Imran Ahmed (8) came in and continued the aggression but departed in the same way as James. 37 for 2.

Jacques and Gary were very watchful and started to build a partnership until Gary got out LBW for 13 – 67 for 3. This soon became 76 for 7 as Jacques, Mark, Tom and Gopal all went quickly. Chris tried to hang around with Andre (18) but with these two getting out hopes of a win were looking very bleak. Adam hit some lusty blows down at the end of the innings getting us past 125 for the first batting point but he was eventually bowled for an innings top score of 29.

A very poor batting display, but special mention must go the Batley opening bowler for picking up figures of 6 for 64 off his 15 overs.

Pudsey Congs 128 all out off 33.3 overs.

Batley (19) beat Pudsey Congs (4) by 91 runs.


Pudsey Congs v Farsley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday April 29th, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Farsley exercised their right to bowl first on a green tinged wicket with overcast conditions. Imran and Joshua were unavailable and Tom, Andre and Liam came back into the side.

Congs opened up with Gary Lewsley and James Lindley-Dawe, and with the ball hooping around corners both were watchful. Gary (0) was the first wicket to fall edging it to first slip. Ashley Slater came in #3 and full of confidence from his century last week looked to try and push the scoring along, unfortunately he top edged a leg glance and was caught at midwicket for 4.

Max Backhouse came in #4 and with James started building a partnership. With the ball still doing bits, the bowlers were on top but Congs were starting to come back into the game. Just as James was about to push on he went back to one that kept a bit low and was bowled for 31. Farsley opener A. Mahmood was still causing problems and Max and Jacques Allen were struggling to score runs. Jacques (5) was the 4th wicket to fall, getting bowled to a good out swinger. Tom Elliot got a good nut early on and snicked off with Matt Green doing the rest behind the sticks. At 68 for 5 Congs were in a sticky situation. Andre Stolarski and Max knocked the ball around and settled the ship these 2 were looking very good until Max (29) tried nurdling the spinner and got rapped on the pads. LBW was given. Chris Doey came in #8 and together they started to put their foot down, making full use of the looser bowling that was now on. Chris was aggressive and Andre was clinical until he misread the length of a ball and yorked himself whilst trying to sweep the spinner B. Grant for a well played 30. Adam Patrick was next in with the score at 125 for 7 things were looking bit bleak. Chris was not going down without a fight and with some hefty blows we were finally putting Farsley on the back foot. Adam joined the party and hit 2 massive sixes. Chris wasn’t going to let Adam have all the fun and sent the ball crashing into the Kettlewells house. Both brought up their respective 50s – Well played lads. The partnership was eventually broken at 94 with Adam not getting hold of one and getting caught out for 61. 219 for 8. Sam Wisniewski and Chris helped us to get to 252 from our 50 overs, Congs were elated and Farsley were very dejected. Some very good batting by Chris and Adam helped get us to a very defendable score.

Chris Doey has a masterclass with the willow

Pudsey Congs 252 for 8 off 50 overs

James 31, Andre 30, Chris 68*, Adam 61.

Following a scrumptious tea, Congs opened up the bowling with Chris and Liam. Liam got the breakthrough with 26 on the board trapping #1 batter stone dead LBW. Farsley were watchful and we were bowling well pushing the run rate up and creating pressure. Sam replaced Liam and Adam replaced Chris. Sam got the breakthrough trapping #2 batter out LBW. Adam got the 3rd wicket out deceiving the dangerous M. Green with his pace and all the experienced batter could do was chip it up to Max at extra cover. at 92 for 3 Congs really started to turn the screw. Sam picked up another wicket – completely bamboozling #5 batter who didn’t read his ‘wrong un’ and was castled. #3 batter A. Mahmood was sticking around but was really struggling to score off Adam and with the required run rate up to 8 an over he tried hitting out, mistimed one and Max snaffled it. 136 for 5 with 15 overs remaining.

Sam picked up the 6th wicket throwing down a full toss to completely surprise the batter who swept it straight into Andre’s hands. Adam bowled #8 the next over. 153 for 7. Congs smelt blood and went for the kill. Sam picked up his 4th wicket bowling the former Congs player Jamie Lorryman and then dismissed the #10 with another LBW to give him his first Congs ‘5 for.’ We then preceded to give #6 several chances by dropping him in the deep but finally Sam got him out as he ran past one and James flicked the bails off to complete the victory.

A fantastic bowling performance by this young man who has quickly become a massive member of this team. Sam has a brilliant attitude to cricket and he is a pleasure to have in the side.

The “Wiz” on his way to a 6 wicket haul!!

Farsley 182 all out off 47.2 overs
Chris: 9-2-32-0
Liam: 9-2-21-1
Adam: 15-2-55-3

Sam: 14.2-1-63-6

Pudsey Congs (20) beat Farsley (7) by 70 runs.


Woodlands v Pudsey Congs

At Albert Terrace

Saturday April 22nd, 2017

Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

A moment of silence before the match in respect of Steve Raistrick

Congs exercised their right to bowl first.

Chris and Josh opened up bowling it in some good areas. Chris got the first break through – finding the edge of Cieran Garner’s bat (6) with the score on 21. The 2nd wicket fell with the score on 72, some tidy fielding by Jake leading to the run out of #3 batter Jack Carter (16.) Sam Wisniewski on debut, bowled very well tying down the Woodlands batters. He was eventually rewarded with a wicket, getting a plum LBW of #4 batter Neil Rushworth (25.) 118 for 2. Sam and Adam Patrick bowled well in tandum but failed to make another break through. Woodlands were patient and put away the good ball, helped in part by some average fielding and dropped catches, they put on a fifth wicket stand of 112. Chris returned and finally got rid of #5 Jack Bleazard for 45 in the final over of the innings. Woodlands finished on 235 for 4 with their #2 Liam Brearley carrying his bat for a well played 125*.

Chris: 13-1-44-2

Josh: 5-1-12-0

Adam: 11-0-54-0

Sam: 15-0-68-1

Jacques: 6-0-43-0

Woodlands 235 for 4 off 50 overs.

In reply, Congs opened up with the returning Gary Lewsley and Max Backhouse. Gary was the first wicket to fall getting bowled for 4. Ash Slater on his return to cricket, came in at number 3 and built a good partnership with Max, but just as it looked like they were going to push on, Max pulled a short ball straight to the fielder at mid wicket and he was out caught for 61 with the score on 116 for 2. Imran Ahmed and Jacques Allen both came and went quickly and with over 100 required from the last 10 overs, Congs were behind the eight ball. James Lindley-Dawe tried to smash it from ball one but struggled to adapt to the pace of the wicket and was bowled for 8.

Ash was still battling on and gave us some hope hitting some wonderful 6s over the deep mid wicket boundary but he went for one too many and was caught in the deep, but not before he’d brought up his century. (104)

Congs were eventually bowled out for 199.

Pudsey Congs 199 all out off 48 overs. Ashley Slater 104, Max Backhouse 61.

Woodlands (20) beat Pudsey Congs (5) by 36 runs.