2018 – Juniors (U15’s)

Pudsey Congs U15’s 2018

League Position Central Division = 4th, 16 Points

Pudsey Congs v Cleckheaton

At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground

Cup Quarter Final

Monday July 2nd, 2018

Match Report by Steve Gunner

Congs hosted Cleckheaton in the Quarter Final of the Cup. Congs chose to bowl first on a sunny Monday evening. Cleckhy got off to a flyer with two very good batsmen in Lee and Butt stroking the ball well scoring 62 off the first 8 overs with both opening batsmen retiring, the run rate still continued to rise. Mueen looked very unlucky not to have a lbw which from behind the wicket looked plumb. After 10 overs the score had reached 90 and the Congs were looking at chasing a big score and the heads were starting to drop. But enter Evan Kettlewell who gets better and better every week an he got a wicket in his first over. With Lewis gunner coming on from the other end, Congs battled brilliantly. Lewis bowling his 4 overs 1 for 6 and Evan returning his best ever figures of 4 overs, 3 for 12 of which one of his wickets was an outstanding one handed catch in the deep from Sahil. With the last 8 overs only going for 20 runs, congs were back in the game with Cleckheaton finishing on 120.

Congs started their reply with the early loss of Evan for 6. Dom Edward, who returned to the side following his broken finger, didn’t look like he had been away and batted superbly hitting 6 boundaries on his way to 30. Meanwhile the consistent Jay Turnbull was also going on his merry way. After Doms retirement, Gunner came to the crease but was dismissed for 0. After nine overs the Congs were well on course at 62 for 2 but with a couple of very dubious lbw decisions to say the least, wickets fell regularly and we were falling short of our target. It wasn’t to be as Congs eventually fell all out for 85.

It was good to see Alex and Joseph batting at the end and not giving their wicket away and making Cleckheaton work for the last wicket.

Jay Turnbull 33 not out
Dom Edwards 30 not out

Onto next week boys and hopefully back to winning ways


Pudsey Congs v Farsley

At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground

Sunday June 24th, 2018

Match Report by Steve Gunner

For the 2nd time in a week, Congs came up against Farsley.

Congs won the toss and decided to bat first with Jay again opening with Evan. The openers never looked in trouble and pushed it around nicely with Jay putting the bad deliveries away for boundaries before retiring for a well made 33. Chris Hill joined Evan and again they carried on keeping the scoreboard ticking over at a steady pace. Chris then decided to hit 18 off one over to retire on 32. In the 16th over Evan eventually fell lbw bringing Mueen to the crease to join Lewis Gunner for the last 4 overs. They both hit boundaries to take the score up to 125 again for the loss of only 1 wicket.

Lewis – 20 not out

Mueen – 11 not out

Evan – 13

Farsley started their reply steadily against Turnbull and Hill who bowled tightly, Hill taking the first wicket to fall with the score on 25. Farsley pushed onto 40 then Gunner was introduced to the attack and proceeded in his first over to get 2 wickets dismissing their main batsman with a good catch by Archie and the next ball bowling McDonald for a golden duck. Wickets continued to fall regularly with Zahil getting in on the act with a wicket. The innings was finished off by some really good bowling by the U13’s who stepped in to make sure we could field 11 players. Daltrey with a 2 wicket maiden, Zak with a wicket maiden and then Archie who bowled only 3 balls taking the last wicket to fall to bowl out Farsley for 56.

Lewis – 4 wkts, 9 runs

Daltrey – 2 wkts, 0 runs

Zak – 1 wkt, 0 runs

Archie – 1 wkt, 0 runs

Zahil – 1 wkt, 2 runs

That’s now 4 wins on the spin with some very good cricket played by the whole team. Well done boys, keep up the good work.


East Bierley v Pudsey Congs

At South View Road

Sunday June 17th, 2018

Match Report by Steve Gunner

Congs travelled to East Bierley looking to follow up from their excellent performance last week.

Bierley batted first and made a steady start against the opening attack of Turnbull and Hill who for the first time this season failed to get the first break through. Daltrey came on first change and bowled excellently only going for 6 runs from his 2 overs. Gunner was introduced and with his first ball dismissed Shutteworth lbw for 11. Congs then tightened up and once Bierley opener Wragg had to retire on 31, they struggled to push on as Cameron again bowled tidily with his 3 overs for 4 runs. Lewis grabbed another wicket with a very smart stumping by Liam. Chris Hill taking the only other wicket to fall leaving East Bierley finishing on 94-3.

Gunner – 3 overs, 2 wkts, 3 runs

Hill – 4 overs, 1 wkt, 12 runs

Congs reply started with confidence with Jay and Evan scoring freely. Jay reaching his 30 for the 2nd week running bringing Chris Hill to the wicket, who quickly put the game to bed with the support of Evan and an all run 4 that also included 4 overthrows!!!  Congs coming out on top with an emphatic 10 wicket win.

Evan 20 not out

Chris 27 not out

Jay 31 retired

A special mention this week to Alex for his efforts in the field with one stop in particular standing out.


Thornbury v Pudsey Congs

At Daleside Road

Sunday June 10th, 2018

Match Report by Steve Gunner

After the disappointment of the previous week, this game was going to be a real test of character for the team.

Thornbury won the toss and decided to bat first. A change of opening attack meant Cameron Clancy opened with Jay Turnbull, who both bowled with good control. Cameron, although no wickets, only went for 8 runs from his 3 overs which showed he is more than capable with the ball. The game seemed to drift midway with the Thornbury batsmen keeping the score ticking over and looking more comfortable and as such the boundaries started to come. The congs stuck at it, Chris Hill with 2-26 and Lewis Gunner 1-18. Jay Turnbull was the pick of the bowlers with 2-12.

It was decided that there would be some changes in the batting order for this run chase with Evan Kettlewell partnering Jay. They both batted beautifully.  Evan an absolute revelation this season and Jay with some cracking punches through the covers to bring up his 30 with an opening partnership of 46.This brought Chris Hill to the crease and he started steadily knocking it about. Then realizing the run rate was increasing to over 10 an over with 4 overs left, he exploded into gear with big sixes over mid-wicket. Chris reached 32 with still 17 needed off 8 balls. In walked Lewis Gunner, I say walked, he marched to the crease meaning business. The last ball of the penultimate over saw the end of Evan’s innings with him falling for an excellent 27. This meant the Congs needed 14 off the last over. With Lewis Stone entering the crease, a leg bye was run off the first ball. Leaving Gunner on strike, 13 off 5 balls still required. A dot ball followed, 13 off 4. The next ball was right in the slot which Gunner placed over mid-wicket for six. On the very next ball, he repeated the exact shot with the same result. The scores were tied with two deliveries remaining. Gunner kept his cool and put one around the corner to give the Congs an excellent victory in what was the best game I’ve witnessed in Junior cricket.

To see the lads run onto the pitch celebrating made it a special day for everyone involved. This was a team performance with all 11 players playing their part.


Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground

Sunday June 3rd, 2018

Match Report by Abid Bashir

Pudsey St Lawrence decided to bat first

Pudsey Congs bowlers delivered tight lines and good areas as they restricted PSL to 74 runs in 20 overs, which was an exceptional effort especially by Chris Hill who returned bowling figures of 4 overs – 4 runs  – 2 wickets. The “Up-Roaders” finished on 74 runs 8 out

Jay Turnbull – 4 overs, 18 runs, 3 wickets
Chris Hill – 4 overs, 4 runs, 2 wickets
Dominic Edwards – 4 overs, 11 runs, 2 wickets
Sohail Gogna – 4 overs, 17 runs, 1 wickets
Lewis Gunner – 3 overs, 14 runs, 0 wickets 

Pudsey Congs started the batting and it was an absolute disaster losing one wicket in the first over. It continued with another in the second over, 3 in the third over, 3 in the 4th over, 1 in the 5th and 1 in the 7th to cap off an indescribable day. The highest score was Lewis Gunner who amassed 4 runs. The whole team had a disastrous second innings and were all out for 11 runs.

The team were over confident and when St Lawrence opening slow bowler came on, it seemed our batters tried to hit him out the park which was a grave error of judgement and their opening bowler figures of 4 overs – 7 runs and 5 wickets.

An absolute disaster of a day but looking ahead we have Thornbury away next week where we need to bounce back and show the cricket we know we are capable of playing.


 Buttershaw St Pauls v Pudsey Congs

At St Pauls’ Ave

Sunday May 27th, 2018

Match Report by Abid Bashir

Butterhsaw St Paul’s won the toss and decided to bat first.

Buttershaw proved to be challenging opponents with some very good batsmen. They had three batters retire and one batter run out at 29. Eventually Buttershaw St Paul’s ended their innings all out at 151. Jay Turnbull, Chris Hill, Lewis Gunner and Joe Puleikis all bowled well without much luck and on a small cricket ground, the odd miss hit would go for six making a good ball look like a poor ball.

Jay Turnbull – 4 overs, 38 runs, 1 wicket
Chris Hill – 2 overs, 18 runs, 0 wickets
Dominic Edwards – 3.3 overs, 24 runs, 3 wickets
Joseph Puleikis – 1 over, 5 runs and 1 wicket

In reply, Pudsey Congs started to build a total. Buttershaw had a very good bowling side which our batsmen overcame and hit boundries on a regular basis. But the runs seemed to dry out in the middle of the innings which left us behind the required run rate. Eventually we finished on 135, 21 runs short of our target. Considering the strength of our opposition’s bowling attack, the Congs batted exceptionally well. Mangers and Coaches are very proud of the way we batted coming soo close to achieving the set target of 151.

Jay Turnbull – 12 runs
Chris Hill – 30 runs
Lewis Gunner – 15 runs
Dominic Edwards – 19 runs
Mueen Bashir – 18 runs
Liam Holgate – 11 runs
Total 135 for 6


Pudsey Congs v Bowling Old Lane

At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground

Sunday May 20th, 2018

Match Report by Abid Bashir

Pudsey Congs started well against Bowling Old Lane and amassed a total of 103 runs with Jay and Chris batting well, both batsmen ending up retiring.  After they retired, the Pudsey batsmen found it difficult to score runs and eventually the Congs finished on 103 for 2.

Jay Turnbull – 31 retired
Chris Hill – 30 retired
Liam Holgate – 13 

Pudsey Congs started the second innings by bowling in good areas. Taking 3 wickets in the first 5 overs with catches being taken by Mueen and a very outstanding catch from Lewis Stone. Unfortunately the BOL middle order rallied and and eventually scored 105, wining the close contest.

Jay – 4 overs, 7 runs, 1 wicket
Chris – 4 overs, 26 runs, 1 wicket 
Lewis Gunner – 4 overs, 23 runs, 1 wicket 
Sahil Gogna – 2 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket
Mueen – 2 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket 


Farsley v Pudsey Congs

At Red Lane

Sunday May 6th, 2018

Match Report by Abid Bashir

Finally we started our first game of cricket away to Farsley and the sun was shining on a lush cricket field.

Pudsey Congs batted first and Jay opened the lineup with Chris Hill. Farsley bowled tight lines eventually taking the wicket of Chris Hill, caught behind for 3. Next player in was Lewis Gunner and he and Jay Turnbull knuckled down and started to bat well, eventually scoring at will until Jay was caught behind for an outstanding 23 runs. Lewis retiring on 35, scoring a six on his last ball that he faced.

Pudsey Congs eventually finished on 89 for 3

 Lewis Gunner 35, Jay Turnbull 23, Liam Holgate 16 no

Pudsey Congs bowled tight and well but seemed to be a little lackluster in the field allowing a few mis-fields early on in the innings and missing out on a few catches which were dropped. Pudsey managed to hold on and in the end, win the game.

Farsley CC – 79 for 4

Jay Turnbull – 4 overs, 14 runs, 2 wickets
Chris Hill – 4 overs, 9 runs 
Lewis Gunner – 4 overs, 8 runs, 1 wicket 

Well done lads a good win when not at our best.