2018 – Dales Council 1st Team

  Dales Council 1st XI Match Reports 2018

League Position = 10th, 166 pts

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Match reports not available after June 16th, 2018

Pudsey Congs v Baildon

At Fulneck

Saturday June 16th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

The 3rds played host to Baildon at Fulneck this weekend. With several players missing there should have still been enough quality to pick up maximum points but that wasn’t the case!

Losing the toss Congs were asked to bowl and got off to a terrific start with Galv taking 3 early wickets! From that point on though it all went down hill, a lack of energy in the field, mis-fields and what appeared to be a somber mood allowed Baildon to get away with extra runs and extra lives in the middle. The rest of the bowling unit were not at their best but didn’t bowl badly and unfortunately were not supported well in the field. I’m hoping this week was a one off as we were well below the standards we’ve set in previous matches. Baildon ended on a very achievable 167-6.

Congs though crumbled early on. Redders getting what appeared to be a shocker of an lbw triggered a collapse and without the runs of Jay and Galv down the bottom end of the order, it could have been very embarrassing.  Congs were eventually bowled out 127 which meant some batting points were gained. Well done to the tail end!

Let’s just forget about this week and start again, back on the standards we have created as a team and back to winning ways ASAP because next week is Derby week and PSL. I won’t lose as captain to that club!!


Halifax Direct v Pudsey Congs

At Karmand Centre

Saturday June 9th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

An away day for the faithful fans that follow us took the 3rds to the Karmand Centre where Halifax Direct were waiting.

Winning the toss and looking at a well worn wicket, Gedge decided to stick them in to bat. A decision that looked right from the start when at 8 for 3, Gedge (3 for 23 from 9) and Galv (1 for 22 from 9) seemed unplayable. The wickets had been splattered and uprooted easily and the field sensed we were in the mood to rattle through the order. As wickets continued to fall, there was some resistance from big hitting Ali Asghir (32) who went after Harry’s bowling in style. At one point Harry did clip the stumps only for the bails to stay on…. it wasn’t his day! Meanwhile Joe Stolarski was busy putting in a 7 over spell that was the best pace, line and length I’ve seen him bowl. He got what he deserved, figures of 3 for 14! He’s sure to be the 3rd main seamer for next week. At 69 for 7 the tail went after the ball but Congs did well to ensure the game was wrapped up with Halifax Direct finishing 122 all out, Redders compiling an impressive 3 for 28 from his 4 overs. Altogether on a hot day the field did well, still a couple of catches dropped but plenty of good fielding saving runs that would prove vital.

With a batting line that consisted of several batters that need to bat 5-8, it was Redders and the ever present Chill who opened and they batted well! Digging in against some good bowlers and dispatching of the bad ball. The first wicket fell at 47 before the nightmare hit…. Chill (8) , Redders (29), Macca (0) Fordy (0) and before Congs knew it, Captain Gedge was making his way out to the middle at number 6 with the score still on 47. With Joe Stol at the other end playing straight and looking comfortable, they went about taking their time to get Congs back in the game. A loose shot from Gedge and another wicket had gone however the score had moved on to 70. Another duck for new batsman to the crease Roycey though put the pressure back on. With Galv sticking behind to the keeper, it meant Congs were 71 for 7!! Out strides Harry Jackson, not happy at his treatment with the ball, him and Joe took the score to 108 before Joe was next man out. Up steps junior Lewis Stone who blocked away the pace attack that had taken so many wickets already, whilst Harry picked up runs to take congs to 120 for 8. Harry then smashed a 4 over the top to earn himself a red inker of 24* to see Congs home and a valuable 18 points.

This win moves Congs up to 5th and knocking on the door of the top two. Next week sees Baildon visit Fortress Fulneck where Congs will look to take the momentum from the last two weeks and pick up more valuable points to continue moving up the league. Thank you to all involved, so far the season is looking good with a Cup Semi Final a few weeks away and a real opportunity to finish high in the table. Let’s keep up the good work!!


Pudsey Congs v Drighlington

PPM Cup Quarter Final

At Fulneck

Sunday June 3rd, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

Drighlington 1st team made their way to Fulneck for a cup tie that had an underdog story written all over it.

Winning the toss Congs decided to stick the A division side in to bat, Gedge and Galv keen to see what this A division batting line up are all about?? It didn’t take long to see a mini collapse as pressure from Galv meant they decided to take it to Gedge to get the runs…… but that didn’t quite work out and Gedge took 4 wickets early on forcing a middle order to come to the crease much sooner than anticipated. One batsman lived his 9 cat lives in a spell against Redders, Ross and Devz who saw him dropped twice, edges fall short and lucky swipes avoid fielders. None the less he made his way to 78, carrying Drighlington in the process to a respectable 158 all out. Great effort from all the bowlers, Galv 1 for 16 from 6.1, Gedge 4 for 34 from 8, Devz 1 for 28 from 8, plus Ross and Redders picking up 2 wickets a piece.

The batsman went out to bat with a belief… we could do this! Congs batting was a story of partnerships that always made sure they were still in the game. The top 3 dug in, took chances and set a platform. Special mention to Chill 34, showing his potential to make top order batting his own. After a couple of wickets fell, the old guard of Redders and Gedge decided to ensure wickets were in hand, eating up overs but never letting the run rate get away as they made sure Congs stayed in the game. When they were out Congs were chasing around 4.5 an over and the tail of Galv and Dedders didn’t mess about, wagging away 6’s rained at Fulneck with young Dedders reminding the ever noisy T Khan (golden ducked) he could field over the fence if he preferred to get closer to the ball. With 1 run needed Dedders lost his wicket, but Fordy came in, stole a two and absolute SCENES were on view at Fulneck from the home crowd!

Just to mention…. Galv is batting the best I’ve ever seen him bat, Juniors are providing great support, attitude can compensate for ability when the chips are down and I really hope everyone is enjoying their cricket. Next round (Semi Final) is Leeds Sikh 1st team, from the division above, unbeaten all season and a very good cricketing side….. but sometimes in sport you get an underdog story and I’m ready to lead these troops into a game where we believe we can win, so let’s make sure we turn up on July 1st ready to cause an upset and reach that final! #WCAW


St Chads v Pudsey Congs

At Otley Road

Saturday May 2nd, 2018

Match Cancelled


Pudsey Congs v Muff Field

At Fulneck

Saturday May 26th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

Congs 3rds were back at Fortress Fulneck and they put in a performance that has seen them rise up the table.

After winning the toss, Gedge stuck Muff Field in to bat and with only 10 men it was always going to be a difficult day for the away side. Gedge 3 for 18 from 7 and Stanners 3 for 10 from 6 dominated with the ball! An exquisite catch from Redders had Muff Field at 27 for 6 before the change of bowling saw Jacko 1 for 10 off 2 and Joey 2 for 4 off 2.5 wrap up the innings with only 43 scored! The fielding was exceptional and I was very proud of all involved on the day!

Chill (7) and Jay (11)were sent out to the middle to open. They went after the bowlers early on and Jay hit a big six. Only thing missing was a bit of restraint to enable then to bat through and finish not out but I’m sure that will come with experience. Instead Macca (11*) and Scraggy (15*), making his 3rd team debut, finished it off and Congs took 19 points.

That pushed the side into 4th only 14 points off leaders Adel. The confidence in the team at the minute has whispers of a title challenge but staying grounded we know we can beat anyone on our day. We’ll done everyone, hope you all enjoyed it. #WCAW


Cookridge v Pudsey Congs

At Smithy Lane Ground

Saturday May 19th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

Cookridge away was faced by a young 3rd team this week. A team consisting of only 4 players over the age of 15 (Cameron Clancy making his debut and Adders stepping up at just 11 years old) on what was beautiful but hot day.

Losing the toss Congs were asked to bowl and the old guard of Gedge (3-36) and Galv (1-45) put the pressure on straight away and suddenly Cookridge were 25-2. Redders (4-60) then began to turn a few along with Lewis Gunner (1-23) and Jay Turnbull (0-51) grafted hard on a track where anything off the bat soon saw the boundary. Congs still picked up wickets at a slower pace and a few drops in the field meant Cookridge ended up 205-9. Some valuable bowling points for such a young side!

That meant Evan Kettlewell kept with tradition and opened the batting for the first time, as all Kettlewell’s should. He was partnered by his dad Robin (a club legend out of retirement for 1 game) who looked at ease at the crease. A smart opening partnership of 43 before Robin lost his wicket. A steady flow of runs and wickets meant Congs were always chasing the total but never completely out of the game before the last 10 overs. A few scores to mention, Galv with 29, Liam 19 and a some entertaining big hits at the end from Gedge and Redders. Really proud of the whole performance and fielding point went to Adders who at 11 years old was outstanding all day.

Moving forward it will be nice to get some of the senior players back and hope the juniors have enjoyed their opportunities, more will follow. I’ll finish by saying I honestly believe had we had a full strength team available the last few weeks we would be riding high on top of the league but thank you to all who have stepped up! Your efforts don’t go un-noticed. #WCAW #ONECLUB


Baildon v Pudsey Congs

First Round

At Jenny Lane

Sunday May 13th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

After a disappointing Saturday, there was a much stronger side out on Sunday in the Pool Paper Mills Cup opening round away at Baildon. Skipper Gedge lost the toss and Congs were asked to bowl (our plan from the start!!). On a hot day Galv began from the top end and Harry Jackson opened from the other. An excellent display with the ball from Galv bowling 8 straight through saw him pick up 2-18. Harry Jackson from the other end delivered a good 5 over spell and funnily enough his worst 2 balls of the day picked up wickets leaving him with 2-6, great work Harry! Baildon never really got going and when Gedge 3-13 from 6 overs and Stolarski 1-23 off 6 came on, the game was wrapped up. A great C&B by Gopal helped him pick up a wicket on the day too. A fine performance in hot temperatures. Baildon were all out for 88 and Gedge opted to get the youth at the crease.

Opening with Chill and Jay they batted superbly, Chill (6) eventually succumbing to a good delivery that took off stump. That brought Fordy to the crease, a man in need of a bit of confidence and with Jay at the other end taking it to the bowlers, there was nothing Baildon could do. Jay Cut, Drove and Smashed his way to 46 before getting out with just 1 run needed. Fordy on 27 left it up to J STOL to hit the winning runs, skying one up in the air only to be dropped as he nicked a single. Great performance all round, in the field, with the ball and with the bat!!

Next up in the Quarter Final, it’s away at Leeds Sikh 1st XI, a daunting task but we all know about the magic of the Cup! #WCAW


Pudsey Congs v Leeds Sikh

At Fulneck

Saturday May 12th, 2018

Match Report by Ralph Middlebrook

A spirited display by a weakened and very youthful Congs team, could not prevent a vastly experienced Sikh cantering to an easy win.

Opening bowlers Jackson and Gedge kept the scoring in check on a pitch that was not always well behaved but Singh looked at ease playing with care and attention. Edwards(Senior) struck with two wickets, the second with the aid of a smart stumping by Holgate, but the arrival of Vishal took the game away from us reaching 54 with 10×4’s and 2×6’s!  Skipper Gedge claimed two victims, one with a top overhead catch by Stones and coupled with an alert display throughout, earned him the fielding point on his senior debut. Singh reached 63; Jackson returned with a neat few overs but Congs were chasing 205, a big ask. Gedge the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 28 in 12 overs.

Our reply started steadily but wickets kept falling on a regular basis which gave Gunner the opportunity to reach a personal best of 26, well done, but despite his efforts we finished up with just 90. Vishal man of the match, taking 6 for 29. I repeat a spirited display.
My thanks to Claire, our scorer for her non stop help to me and the umpire, who incidentally, from the edge, had a good game.


 Adel v Pudsey Congs

At Memorial Ground, Church Lane

Saturday May 5th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

Matchday two saw Congs away at Adel on a day the sun was in the sky. After losing the toss we were put into bat and following his recent performance, Chill was asked to open the batting. With Ross back in the team, the Congs made a sturdy start at 70 without loss. Eventually Ross played a half shot to a spinner and was C&B on 27. He’ll be kicking himself for not going on and scoring big. Chill made his way to 30 including a classy ramped cut over gully that had the fans in awe before losing his wicket. That saw Paddy and Gopal take apart the bowling attack before Paddy was bowled. In came a man in need of runs and confidence but Macca didn’t wait around. The #universeboss smashed his way to 44 with Gopal anchoring at the other end passing 50 before going on to deliver a 107* red inker! A great performance from Gopal in what were hot conditions. Congs ended on 282-6.

With a big score on the board Adel came out fighting, the unorthodox hitting of M. Noon going after the bowling attack. It took the introduction of Paddy to break the opening partnership with the total on 65. With Noon still at the crease though Adel stayed in the game despite wickets tumbling at the other end and Noon refusing singles all over the park, he was clearly a boundary hitting kinda guy. At 88 for 5, Paddy delivered the ball to end Noons day and from then in Congs always looked like taking maximum points. Paddy returned amazing figures of 7-25 which could mean he keeps his position in the team but that’s one for the selection committee.


Pudsey Congs v Drighlington

At Fulneck

Saturday April 28th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

The first game of the season saw Drighlington make a trip to fortress Fulneck.

After winning the toss, new skipper Gedge opted to bowl. The track looked like an absolute road but he backs his bowlers in any conditions. Galv (0-29) did what Galv does best and had the batsmen in knots, how he ended up wicketless is a complete mystery! From the other end, Stanners rolled back the years up the hill and was unplayable at times finishing with 1-16 which included the big wicket of Mistry. The batsmen struggled to score runs and when the first change of Devz (3-29) and Gedge (3-16) came on it didn’t change. This first change would open at most other teams in the league such is the strength of the bowling options this year. With 5 juniors in the side, the fielding was exceptional throughout and Jay Turnbull showed why he’s fighting for a place returning figures of 0-13 from a great 4 over spell. By drinks Congs knew that they were in control. The run rate was always low and you could sense Congs wanting the wickets, however stern defence from the middle order and a few elements of luck meant after 45 overs they were only 7 down and had meandered up to a total of 100.

Macca got the Congs innings off to a swift start skying the first ball of the innings to point, the duck hat never had such a fitting owner. (I do have mention his diving catch behind the stumps earlier off Gedge was as good as I’ve seen by a keeper in the Dales). Stanners (30) and Chill (23) went about building an innings and put Congs in a great position to push on. Devz (25 no) then batted through and new skipper Gedge managed to sneak a single and hit the winning run to cap off a cold chilly day at Fulneck but a winning start to the season.

Special mentions to Chill for a great batting performance, Stanners for a great performance with bat and ball, Jacqui Holgate for her efforts with the tea situation and lack of electric. Man of the Match goes to Devz, a fantastic catch in the field, 3 wickets and a 25*no on debut.

Thank you to everyone involved, roll on next week #WCAW