2010 – Bradford League 1st

Final League Position = 1st, 342 Points


Bankfoot v Pudsey Congs

At Cleckheaton Road

Saturday September 11th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – None

Match report by Glenn Roberts

A nervous final day of the season was upon us. Pudsey Congs needing a 15 point victory at Bankfoot to win the Bradford league 1st Division.

When we arrived at Bankfoot it was already wet and more rainfall didn’t help our nerves! Eventually we got started nearly 2 hours late and played 32 overs per innings.

Bankfoot won the toss and asked us to bat on a very green pitch. Run scoring was difficult and survival was the main aim. After the early loss of Gareth Phillips, Mark Gill and Eugene Burzler consolidated our innings. Mark with a very patient 16 and Eugene with an aggressive 36. Andrew Bairstow contributed in the middle of the innings with 18 and the final onslaught was provided by Babar Butt with an excellent 44 off 25 balls. Congs posting 162-8 off 32 overs.

Bankfoot set off like a train; hitting Eugene for 2 boundaries in the first 5 balls. However the last ball of the 1st over Adam Patel took an excellent running and diving catch! The second over saw 2 more boundaries scored and another wicket! This time Bairsow taking a stinging catch off the bowling of Alex Hewitt. What followed was quite remarkable; Bankfoot continued to score runs at pace, but regulary lost wickets due to excellent catching by Congs. Babar Butt snaffling 2 catches at slip – one, a one handed effort high to his left!

Glen Roberts 2010

With 1 wicket needed it was fitting that the title winning catch was taken by the retiring, ex-captain Matthew Doidge on the boundary off the bowling of the current captain.

The bowlers all contributing as Bankfoot were bowled out for 96. Alex Hewitt (2-22), Eugene Burzler (2-22), Glenn Roberts (2-26) and the ever dependable and also retiring Mark Bray taking a match winning 4-17.

Congs winning the league by 5 points making it a very rewarding season. It has been a massive team effort by all the players and officials involved. Congratulations, thank you for all your hard work over the summer and winter well!

Pudsey Congs 162-8 (32 overs) (Babar Butt 44, Eugene Burzler 36)

Bankfoot 96 all out (19.1 overs) (James Holdsworth 37, Mark Bray 4-17)

Pudsey Congs 17pts bt Bankfoot 4pts by 66 runs


Pudsey Congs v Baildon

At Britannia Ground

Sunday September 5th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Andrea David-Booth

Match report by Captain Glenn Roberts

Congs won the toss and elected to bat on an excellent pitch at the Britannia Ground in this vital match.

Congs were quickly under pressure, losing 2 early wickets. However, a century partnership between the “evergreen” Babar Butt and Adam Patel, each with half centuries steadied the ship. The late impetus was provided by Andrew Bairstow, with 72 off 57 balls, and Matthew Doidge (playing his last game at Pudsey Congs) with 60 off 35 balls. Congs posted a formidable 265-8 off 50 overs.

Baildon’s reply was pedestrian at best, with Cong’s bowling attack chipping away at their resistance. Baildon were eventually bowled out for 176 in the last over. Wickets were shared by Roberts (4-28), Hewitt (3-21) and Burzler (3-60).

A vital 20 points were earned which takes the Congs 6 points clear at the top, with 1 game to play.

Pudsey Congs 265-8 (50 overs) (Andrew Bairstow 72, Matthew Doidge 60, Adam Patel 60, Babar Butt 57 )

Baildon 176 all out (49.3 overs)

Pudsey Congs 20pts bt Baildon 7pts by 89 runs


Saltaire v Pudsey Congs

At Roberts Park

Saturday September 4th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Sam Miller

Match report by Glenn Roberts

On a sunny day at Roberts Park, Congs won the toss and elected to bat. We were given a fine start with an half century from Mark Gill. However a mid innings wobble meant there was some work for the late order to do. We were taken to maximum batting points with an excellent partnership between the 40 year old Matthew Doidge (34 not out) and the 20 year old Imran Ahmed (43 not out off 31 balls). Congs posting 239-7 off 50 overs.

Saltaire dug in with the bat on a placid batting pitch and crawled to 188-5 off 50 overs. Eugene Burzler the most successful bowler with 3-59.

A 17 point victory that leaves Congs in 2nd place, 1 point off the lead with 2 games to go.

Pudsey Congs 239-7 (50 overs) (Mark Gill 60, Imran Ahmed 43no, Matthew Doidge 34no)

Saltaire 188-5 (50 overs) (Wasim Munawar 57no, Tim Jackson 45, Waleed Akhtar 35, Eugene Burzler 3-59)

Pudsey Congs 17pts bt Saltaire 6pts by 51 runs


Farsley v Pudsey Congs

At Red Lane

Saturday August 28th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Exeeco

Match report by Glenn Roberts

Congs won the toss and elected to bat on an excellent pitch at Farsley.  The opening pair were quickly into their stride, with debutant Imran Ahmed coping comfortably against their opening bowlers. The other opener, Gareth Phillips, went on to make 62 and No 3, Eugene Burzler, made a belligerent 86 off 59 balls. Late impetus was provided by Adam Patel (30), Matthew Doidge (29) and Glenn Roberts (31*). Congs posted a formidable 310-6 off 50 overs.

Farsley’s reply was placed under instant pressure by tight fielding and disciplined bowling from Cong’s attack. Farsley were eventually bowled out for 195, with only L. Ingram providing any resistance with a superb 105; his innings coming to an end with a wonderful catch from James Bragg. All the bowlers contributed to the victory; Burzler 4-68, Hewitt 3-55, Roberts 2-41 and Bray 1-28.

A vital 20 points for Congs that leaves them joint second, 3 points off the lead, with 3 games to play.

Pudsey Congs 310-6 (50 overs) (Eugene Burzler 86, Gareth Phillips 62, Chris Henry 3-69)

Farsley 195 all out (43.3 overs) (Lorenzo Inghram 105, Eugene Burzler 4-68, Alex Hewitt 3-55)

Pudsey Congs 20pts bt Farsley by 115 runs


Pudsey Congs v Yeadon

At Britannia Ground

Saturday August 21st, 2010

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Match report by Captain Glenn Roberts

Congs won the toss and elected to bat on a damp pitch at the Britannia. However with the sun shining and the wind blowing the pitch dried out and became an excellent cricket wicket.

We got off to a steady start with Phillips and Gill putting on 41 for the 1st wicket when Gareth was out for 23. Mark Gill continued to anchor the innings with a solid 54. The impetus was provided by Andrew Bairstow who made an excellent 55 to take our score to 224-8 off 50 overs.

Yeadon made a determined reply, with Goldthorpe and Robertson putting on 84 for the 1st wicket. However excellent bowling by Eugene Burzler (5-55), Glenn Roberts (2-36) and Barbar Butt (2-39) along with some assured outfield catching restricted Yeadon to 205-9.

A valuable 18 points that leaves us 20 points off the lead with a game in hand.

Pudsey Congs 224-8 (50 overs) (Andrew Bairstow 55, Mark Gill 54)

Yeadon 205-9 (50 overs) (Tharanga De Silva 67, Andrew Robertson 45, Eugene Burzler 5-53)

Pudsey Congs 18pts bt Yeadon 8pts by 19 runs


Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

At Tofts Road

Saturday August 14th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Exeeco

Match report by Glenn Roberts

Congs won the toss and elected to bat in this eagerly anticipated derby. A careful start and tight bowling by the home team kept the Congs at bay. We lost two early wickets, Phillips and Siddall. A patient stand of 63 from Mark Gill (34) and Adam Patel (45) set the platform for us to post a competitive total. Barbar Butt (55 not out) and Matthew Doidge (28) took us to 223-7 off 50 overs.

In the second half Congs bowled and fielded with a belief and desire that put the oppositiion under great pressure from the start. Eugene Burzler leading the attack with great aggression to get Alex Stead and James Smith out early. This was backed up with excellent fielding and catching, 7 catches in all – 4 from Barbar!

Alex Hewitt bowled with excellent discipline and maturity to claim 4 wickets and Eugene returned to break what could have been a match winning partnership and finish with 4 wickets himself as the league leaders were bowled out for 175.

An important 19 points which sees Congs 23 off the lead with a game in hand.

Pudsey Congs 223-7 (50 overs) (Babar Butt 55, Adam Patel 45, Mark Gill 34, Gareth Clough 3-60), Pudsey St Lawrence 175 all out (44.4 overs) (Alex Hewitt 4-23, Eugene Burzler 4-57)

Pudsey Congs 19pts bt Pudsey St Lawrence 6pts by 48 runs


Pudsey Congs v Woodlands

At Britannia Ground

Saturday August 7th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Bentley’s of Pudsey

Match report by Captain Glenn Roberts

Congs lost the toss and Woodlands decided to bowl first. Scoring was difficult against their opening attack and it was 4 overs before Congs were off the mark. Andy Siddall came in at number 3 after the loss of Gareth Phillips and batted aggressively scoring a run a ball 47. The momentum was continued by Andrew Bairstow and the evergreen Barbar Butt. Barbar making 59 before getting caught on the boundary in the final over and Andrew making a fantastic 83 not out off 76 balls. An innings that was worth the entrance money alone!

Congs bowled well in reply, Alex Hewitt bowling 3 maidens in his first 6 overs and Eugene Burzler getting the prize scalp of Scott Richardson with a ball that nipped back and caught the top of off stump. Woodlands then consolidated with Tim Orrell and Sam Frankland, who put on 91. Then a heavy rain shower took us off the field for 24 minutes, which meant we had lost 3 overs. So we now had to win the game outright to get the 10 points for a win. Richard Pyrah bowled superbly to take 4-30 and Eugene bowled with great energy and aggression to take 3-45 as Woodlands closed on 154-7.

A draw that wasn’t much good to either side.

10 points from the game leaves us in 5 position, 36 off the top with a game in hand.

Pudsey Congs 252-5 (50 overs) (Andrew Bairstow 83no, Babar Butt 59, Pieter Swanepoel 3-55)

Woodlands 154-7 (47.0 overs) (Tim Orrell 52, Sam Frankland 40, Richard Pyrah 4-30)

Match abandoned: Pudsey Congs 10pts, Woodlands 6pts


Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

At Intake Road

Saturday July 31st, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Greggs Bakers

Match report by Glenn Roberts

Congs lost the toss at Undercliffe and were asked to bat first.

We were quickly in trouble at 22-3, but then Adam Patel and Andrew Bairstow resurrected the innings with a patient and valuable stand. Andrew scored 44 until a rush of blood saw him stumped. Glenn Roberts and Adam then took the Congs to a respectable total of 209-6, Roberts scoring 33 and Adam Patel hitting an imperious 108 not out.

An excellent bowling performance led by Eugene Burzler and Alex Hewitt paved the way for us to bowl out Undercliffe for 117. Burzler 2-36, Hewitt 1-16, Mark Bray 2-35, Roberts 3-20 and Babar Butt 1-6. The afternoon was capped with a fine wicketkeeping performance by our young keeper – Barney Gibson.

19 points that takes us to 4th, 26 points points off the lead with a game in hand.

Pudsey Congs 209-6 (50 overs) (Adam Patel 108no, Andrew Bairstow 44, Glenn Roberts 33), Undercliffe 117 all out (41.5 overs) (Farakh Hussain 42, Glenn Roberts 3-20)

Pudsey Congs 19pts bt Undercliffe 3pts by 92 runs


Pudsey Congs v Bankfoot

At Britannia Ground

Sunday July 25th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Eric Thompson

Match report by Captain Glenn Roberts

Congs lost the toss again and Bankfoot chose to bat first on a beautiful day at the Britannia Ground. A good fielding and bowling session restricted Bankfoot to 158-8 off 50 overs. Bray and Roberts taking 3 wickets each.

Congs wobbled a bit at 44-3, but an unbroken stand of 115 between Babar Butt and Andy Siddall, who both registered half centuries, ensured another welcome victory for Congs.

16 points takes us to 6th in the table, 29 points off the top with a game in hand.

Bankfoot 155-8 (50 overs) (John Barton 55, Mark Bray 3-31, Glenn Roberts 3-45)

Pudsey Congs 159-3 (41.3 overs) (Andy Siddall 60no, Babar Butt 57no)

Pudsey Congs 16pts bt Bankfoot 3pts by 7wkts


Pudsey Congs v Gomersal

At Britannia Ground

Saturday July 24th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – JL Smith

Match report by Captain Glenn Roberts

Congs lost the toss and Gomersal decided to bat on a used dry wicket at the Britannia.

Tight bowling from the Congs attack limited Gomersal to 186-7 off 50 overs. Richard Gould constructing a patient 55 for the visitors. The bowling attack of Burzler, Hewitt, Roberts and Bray doing a good job – backed up by some excellent fielding including that of 14 year old debutant Callum Murgatroyd.

Congs got off to a flying start with Gareth Phillips scoring a run a ball 63. Then the scoring slowed as the Gomersal spinners took hold; but valuable contributions of 31 from Mark Gill, 29* from Andy Siddall and 26 from Adam Patel saw the Congs home and a very welcome 16 points.

The victory leaves us 7th in the table, 34 points off the lead with a game in hand.

Gomersal 186-7 (50 overs) (Richard Gould 59, Shahzaib Khan 31)

Pudsey Congs 188-5 (41.5 overs) (Gareth Phillips 63, Adam Greenwood 4-37)

Pudsey Congs 16pts bt Gomersal 5pts by 5wkts


East Bierley v Pudsey Congs

At South View Road

Saturday July 17, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Adrian Carr

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

A disappointing result means that Glenn’s men have a lot of work to do to mount a realistic challenge in the next two months. Winning the toss and fielding and with Alex Hewitt now on regular duty, Congs bowling looked to have more depth but in blustery conditions both Alex and Eugene found accuracy difficult and runs came quickly for East Bierley. Mark Bray calmed the rate and once again Roberts had to work hard to keep hold of the formidable batting line up. Rennison powered his way to 61, Hamilton elegantly to 34 and Dawood with deft touches made an attractive 38. The talented Wood put the bat to the ball with 46. The fact that Congs held the score to 240 for 9 was largly due the admirable effort of Eugene Burzler with 6 for 58 in 15 overs of energy skill and determination, backed up by the Captain and top fielding we were happy at tea. Not for long, Phillips missed a straight one, Gill received a ball that “stopped” and was caught. Babar nicked on and at 79 for 6 can you believe, it was left to Matthew Doidge and Roberts to try and put matters right .Glenn 30 and Matthew 47 played as they have always done together, sound defence, quality shots and brilliant running between the wickets gave us chance- it was not to be 172 all out. Again our long batting line up capitulated.

East Bierley 240-9 ( Andrew Rennison 61, Greg Wood 46, Eugene Burzler 6-58)

Pudsey Congs 172 all out (43 overs) (Matthew Doidge 47, Paul Hutchison 4-48)

East Bierley 20pts bt Pudsey Congs 6pts by 69 runs


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Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

At Tofts Road

Sunday July 4th, 2010

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Match report not available

Pudsey Congs 87-9 (Callum Oliver 43)

Pudsey St Lawrence 89-1 (6.5 overs) (Mark Robertshaw 35no, Gareth Clough 33no).

Pudsey St Lawrence 4pts bt Pudsey Congs (0pts) by 9wkts


Cleckheaton v Pudsey Congs

At Moorend

Saturday July 3rd, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Swinnow Primary School (Bill Taylor)

Match report by Glenn Roberts

On a sunny day and a used pitch, Congs lost the toss at Cleckheaton and were asked to bowl first.

A severely depleted 1st XI competed well in the field restricting Cleckheaton to 75-1 at the half way stage. However with wickets in hand their batsmen had the freedom to play shots. Marcus Walmsley, Ian Nicholson and Michael Nicholson all scoring half centuries as Cleckheaton posted 241-7.  (Burzler 3-73, Roberts 3-56)

Making his debut for Congs was 14 year old Dale Spinks who fielded with great enthuiasm and energy. He didn’t make one mistake in 50 overs and had no fear – an excellent effort. It was always going to be a tough ask; a weakened batting line up on a wearing pitch against 3 spinners and so it proved. Congs all out for 156 with only Eugene Burzler offering any resistence with a spirited 54.

The defeat leaves Congs in 4th place, 14 points behind leaders Undercliffe.

Cleckheaton 241-7 (50 overs) (Ian Nicholson 75, Eugene Burzler 3-73, Glenn Roberts 3-56)

Pudsey Congs 156 all out (39.4 overs) (Eugene Burzler 54, Mark Cummins 3-60)

Cleckheaton 20pts bt Pudsey Congs 5pts by 85 runs


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Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At Britannia Ground

Sunday June 27th, 2010

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Match report not available

Pudsey Congs 137 all out (Gaz Phillips 39, Adam Patel 35, Mark Robertshaw 5-7)

Pudsey St Lawrence 138-3 (14 overs) (Dave Hester 74no)

Pudsey St Lawrence 4pts bt Pudsey Congs 0pts by 7wkts


Pudsey Congs v Bradford & Bingley

At Britannia Ground

Saturday June 26th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Adrian Carr

Match report by Glenn Roberts

On a glorious sunny day at the Britannia, Pudsey Congs won the toss and chose to bat on an excellent pitch prepared by our groundsman, John Malpass.

We raced to 33 before Gareth Phillips was LBW for 23. Mark Gill was constructing a solid innings and along with the in form Adam Patel built the Congs innings. Gill went for 93 and Patel 78. Some late impetus was provided by Eugene Burzler with 37 as Congs closed on 293-6 off 50 overs.

The Bingley reply was cautious with Scott Etherington and Simon Davies setting a platform. Etherington went for 33 but Daves continued to keep Bingley just ahead of the run rate. The momentum continued with Clow scoring 35 off 27 balls. With Bingley needing 9 an over for the last 10 overs it was Simon Davies, who had gone past 100, and James Davies who kept the Bingley in contention. With 20 needed off 2 overs Simon Davies was bowled by Burzler for 124. Going into the last over Bingley required 11 and with 2 balls to go James Davies hit a maximum to seal victory for Bingley.

A pulsating days cricket with Congs gaining 8 points and dropping a league place to 3rd, 13 points behind leaders Undercliffe.

Pudsey Congs 293-6 (50 overs) (Mark Gill 93, Adam Patel 78, Eugene Burzler 37, Phil Slater 3-56)

Bradford & Bingley 294-7 (49.4 overs) (Simon Davies 128, Glenn Roberts 3-82)

Bradford & Bingley 18pts bt Pudsey Congs 8pts by 3 wkts


Pudsey Congs v Saltaire

At Britannia Ground

Saturday June 19th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Mr B Wilson

Match report by Glenn Roberts

Pudsey Congs won the toss and decided to bat on a fresh new wicket at the Britannia Ground.

An excellent start was provided by our opening batsman. Gareth Phillips scoring 52 and Mark Gill 38 in an opening stand of 88. However we then played a few poor shots and slipped to 107-5 off 31 overs. What then followed was a superb example of positive batting by Adam Patel and Andy Siddall who scored a 154 run partnership in 18 overs. Siddall scoring 60 and Adam 110 not out as Congs posted 279-6 off 50 overs.

The Saltaire reply never got going as Congs kept the pressure on in the field from ball one. Saltaire were all out for 102 with all five bowlers; Burzler, Bray, Siddall, Roberts, Butt; getting a couple of wickets each.

A welcome 20 point victory that keeps us in 2nd place; 1 point behind Undercliffe.

Pudsey Congs 279-6 (50 overs) (Adam Patel 110no, Andy Siddall 60, Gareth Phillips 52, Mark Gill 38)

Saltaire 102 all out (39.4 overs)

Pudsey Congs 20pts bt Saltaire 3pts by 177 runs


Baildon v Pudsey Congs

At Jenny Lane

Sunday June 13th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Towergate Risk Solution (Rob Horner)

Match Abandoned due to rain

Pudsey Congs 228-5 (43 overs) Andrew Siddall 45, Babar Butt 33, Andrew Bairstow 42, Adam Patel 56

Baildon 4pts,  Pudsey Congs 7pts


Pudsey Congs v Farsley

At Britannia Ground

Saturday June 12th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – David Carr

Match report by Glenn Roberts

Congs won the toss in our second Pudsey derby of the season and chose to bat on a sunny day at the Britannia ground.

An excellent platform was set by our opening batsmen. Mark Gill scoring 34 and Gareth Phillips scoring a patient 56 against his former club. The late innings onslaught then came from Andrew Bairstow with a run a ball 60 and an out of character 24 from Babar Butt as Congs closed on 227-7 off 50 overs.

The second half couldn’t have started any better for Congs as Mark Bray had Yorkshire player, James Lee, excellently caught at mid wicket by the diving Adam Patel in the second over. Then Eugene Burzler took two important wickets in his opening burst. Farsely then consolidated and Lorenzo Ingram and Tom Slate rebuilt cautiously. The reintroduction of Bray to the attack broke the partnership with Slater LBW. Then Andy Siddall was brought on to bowl and cleaned up the Farsley batsmen with 4 wickets!, 3 bowled and one excellent leg side stumping by Mark Gill. An excellent bowling effort, Burzler 2-43, Bray 3-32 and Siddall 4-10.

A victory gained through a concerted team effort!

Eugene Burzler bowls Shabir Rashid

photo by Mike Baker

Pudsey Congs 227-7 (50 overs) (Andrew Bairstow 61, Gareth Phillips 56, Mark Gill 34

Farsley 154 all out (40.3 overs) (Lorenzo Inghram 52, Andy Siddall 4-10, Mark Bray 3-52)

Pudsey Congs 20pts bt Farsley 5pts by 73 runs


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Farsley v Pudsey Congs

At Red Lane

Sunday June 6th, 2010

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Abandoned: Farsley 1pt, Pudsey Congs 1pt


Yeadon v Pudsey Congs

At High Street

Saturday June 5th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Peter Marsh

Match report by Glenn Roberts

A sunny day at Yeadon, but a used pitch so when Congs won the toss they decided to bowl first. Yeadon started cautiously moving to 24-0 against Hewitt and Burzler, however a mis-timed hook shot by Gormley saw him caught at fine leg. For the next 10 overs Yeadon panicked and were 30-6 after a couple of run outs and 2 wickets each for Hewitt and Burzler. However Captain Soames steadied the ship with a patient innings of 40 and he was last man out as Yeadon closed on 116 with ageing stalwart Mark Bray finishing with 3-27.

The Congs reply started in hurry; Phillips and Middlebrook playing in 20/20 mode! On 38-0 Phillips was bowled and Babar Butt went two balls later LBW. When Middlebrook was excellently caught by the wicketkeeper off an inside edge and off spinner Soames picked up 3 wickets Congs wobbled a bit at 70-6, however the belligerent Burzler with 30 not out and another ageing stalwart, Doidge with 15 not out saw Congs safely home with 4 wickets and 23 overs to spare.

Yeadon 116 all out

Pudsey Congs 119-6

Pudsey Congs 15pts bt Yeadon 3pts by 4 wkts


Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At Britannia Ground

Monday May 31st, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Tony Booth

Match report by Captain Glenn Roberts

As always a keenly awaited derby match. Pudsey St Lawrence won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that looked perfect for batting, but was still drying out after the weekend’s rain.

New signing Alex Hewitt opened the bowling for Congs with Eugene Burzler and these two quickly settled into a line and length that created few scoring opportunities for the batsman and set the tone for the whole innings. Eugene got the breakthrough with a rising delivery that found the edge of Stead’s bat and Andrew Bairstow took the catch behind. Alex Hewitt then produced the ball of the day to get his first wicket for Congs – an inswinger yorker that sent Robertshaw’s off stump cartwheeling back! Congs continued to bowl and field well – Hewitt taking 3-29, Burzler 2-46 and the evergreen Mark Bray 2-46 to restrict the opposition to 165-8 off 50 overs.

The Congs got off to a solid reply with Gareth Phillips and Calum Oliver demonstrating good patience and application at the beginning of the innings. Phillips grew in confidence and played some excellent shots all around the wicket to make a top score for Congs of 73. The win was secured with 43 not out from the mercurial Babar Butt and 25 not out from the pugnacious Andrew Bairstow.

An excellent cohesive performance from the team and a very important victory.

Pudsey St Lawrence 165-8 (50 overs) (Chris Marsden 38no, Alex Hewitt 3-29)

Pudsey Congs 169-4 (37.4 overs) (Gareth Phillips 73, Babar Butt 43no)

Pudsey Congs 16pts bt Pudsey St Lawrence 4pts by 6 wkts


Woodlands v Pudsey Congs

At Albert Terrace

Saturday May 29th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Safe & Sound (Mark Ingram)

Match abandoned

Woodlands 2pts, Pudsey Congs 2pts


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Pudsey Congs v Farsley

At Britannia Ground

Sunday May 23rd, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – N/A

Match report not available

Farsley 152-7 (20 overs)

Pudsey Congs 154-5 (19.1 overs)

Pudsey Congs 4pts bt Farsley 0pts by 5wkts

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Pudsey Congs v Lightcliffe

At Britannia Ground

Sunday May 23rd, 2010

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Match report not available

Pudsey Congs 183-6 (20 overs)

Lightcliffe 155-9 (20 overs)

Pudsey Congs 4pts bt Lightcliffe 0pts by 28 runs


Pudsey Congs v Undercliffe

At the Britannia Ground

Saturday May 22nd, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Cliff Bales

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

The Congs undefeated record to start 2010 is gone. Suffice it to say that a poor batting display ended the unbeaten start. Bowling first, Burzler and Pyrah started well with Richard yorking Metcalfe with an excellent yorker and Eugene bowling an accurate spell with only one wicket to his credit. Acting captains Bairstow and Heritage then took centre stage with Ben compiling a carefully crafted half century and Andrew marshalling his meagre bowling resources well and in his first 2010 keeping slot showing no loss of skill. Butt and Siddall did not let their team down keeping the run rate in check until a late onslaught on the returning opening bowlers gave Undercliffe a reasonable score. Alas it proved unreasonable for the Congs as batters sacrificed several wickets to indifferent shots and only Andy Siddall with 49 being up to the task. Late resistance from Oliver and Stolarski was welcome but left arm spinner Choudry proved to much  with an excellent display ending up with 5 for. Undercliffe looked a good outfit and I suspect they are retuning to their former high quality standard.

 **Note: As Ralph does not attend all of the first team fixtures (our Club has 4 league teams) – so if anyone wishes a spot of reporting it would of help to the web editor …and Ralph

Undercliffe 225-6 (50 overs) (Ben Heritage 52, Luke Holroyd 36no)

Pudsey Congs 145 all out (44.1 overs) (Andy Siddall 49, Shafiq Choudhry 5-36)

Undercliffe 20pts beat Pudsey Congs 4pts by 80 runs


 

Bradford & Bingley v Pudsey Congs

Sovereign Healthcare Priestley Cup Second Round

At Wagon Lane

Sunday May 16th, 2010

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Match report not available


Bradford & Bingley v Pudsey Congs

At Wagon Lane

Saturday May 15th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Wood Mitchell Building Group

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

Batting first the Congs piled on the runs against a wayward home attack from Bradford & Bingley. Mark Gill got a brute of a ball which lifted suddenly and he was well caught at gully. Richard McCarthy, Bingley’s main containing and strike bowler, pulled up injured after one over which enabled Phillips and the evergreen Butt to prosper. Phillips struck for 41 which included 9 boundaries and Butt played a cultivated and crafted innings of 88 (14 x 4 & 2 x 6). Bairstow, Siddall and Roberts added runs at will as the overs ticked by with little respite for the Bingley bowlers.

In reply, Bray put a brake on the run rate and Burzler picked up the first wicket. Bray completed the bowling display of the day with 4 for 42 in 15 immaculate overs. Captain Roberts used his resources skillfully and took 4 for 43 himself with the aid of smart work and a particularly good catch by James Bragg. Only Duce threatened with a well struck 56 before being bowled by Phillips and Congs ran out emphatic winners –  well played boys.

Pudsey Congs 286-6 (50 overs) (Babar Butt 88, Adam Patel 44, Gareth Phillips 41,

Bradford & Bingley 206 all out (45.1 overs) (Matthew Duce 58, Mark Bray 4-42, Glenn Roberts 4-43)

Pudsey Congs (20 pts) beat Bradford & Bingley (7 pts) by 80 runs


Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs

At Wakefield Road

Sunday May 9th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – N/A

Match report by Glen Duffield

Pudsey Congs kicked off their 2010 Dyson Insulations Twenty/20 journey with a visit to Wakefield Road to take on Lightcliffe. After winning the toss at 16.52, Captain Adam Patel decided to put his own troops into bat first on a clean batting track. Gareth Phillips was cruising along quite nicely, heading for half a century, when he was caught by Hussain. Patel and Oliver did not trouble the scorers but then entered the man of the match, Eugene Burzler. The recent signing from Methley commanded the crease and easily stroked his way to a new top score for a Congs batter in this young competition. Burzler (83) and Phillips (40) propelled the Congs onto a competitive score of 182 for 5.

In response for Lightcliffe, J Wilson (68) and D Knight (42) were the main contributors in the run chase. Tight bowling resulting in wickets from Burzler (2), Patel and Stanhope enabled the Congs to fend off the late challenge with the hosts finishing on 179 for 4.

A great start for the Congs who are hoping to progress all the way in the competition. Next action in the 20/20 is a double header at the Britannia with the Congs first facing Farsley at 1.00 and then a return match against Lightcliffe at 5.00.


Gomersal v Pudsey Congs

At Oxford Road

Saturday May 8th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Baker Harding

Match report by Jim Leathley  

Congs maintained their fine start to the season by taking a 19 point win from a strong batting performance. Neither captain was sure what to do at the toss, having to make a decision on a well-used but firm wicket. Richard Whitehurst duly won the toss and may well have regretted inserting the Congs. A steady start was made by Mark Gill and Gareth Phillips before the latter played a loose shot and departed for 15. Babar Butt then joined Gill to take the score securely on to 73 before he became Rob Burton’s only victim for a well-made 37. This brought Andy Siddall to the crease at a quarter to three . He left the field at five o’clock with a magnificent 127 not out against his name and, along with Mark Gill, established a brilliant partnership to take the game out of Gomersal’s reach; both players strong on the drive and punishing the sometimes erratic Gomersal attack. The home spinners suffered badly in the middle period of the game, as both players went on the attack. Any birds trying to nest in the trees at the bottom end of the ground will have had a difficult afternoon, as nine sixes were dispatched in that area as the partnership extended into a run fest requiring the home captain Richard Whitehurst to send to the pavilion for spare balls. Gill eventually departed for his second consecutive 100, with the score now on 246. If the Gomersal attack or the birds in the trees thought this would allow a respite they were mistaken, as Andrew Bairstow continued his early season form, blasting a quick-fire 50 not out in 25 minutes and with Andy Siddall still on the attack at the other end, the total of 339 for 4 at tea saw the Gomersal side depart the field looking shattered and certainly not too keen to study the bowling figures.

After tea, and with the temperature dropping, Gomersal began their task of attempting to match the visitors. However, with the score on 9, the experienced Richard Gould was brilliantly stumped by young Barney Gibson to give Mark Bray the first wicket. Shahzaib Khan was the next to go with the score on 57. This brought Greg Pickles to the crease to share a 100 partnership with the impressive, and in-form, young opener Andrew Gorrod. Unfortunately this period of play was marred by dropped chances and fielding lapses which, along with inconsistent bowling, allowed the home side to move towards a respectable total. The captain Glenn Roberts led by example and gradually dragged things back with his left-arm spin, accounting for the departure of Gorrod for a well-constructed 80. Gomersal ended on 241 to take 7 points from the game.

Overall a win for Congs that keeps them well in the picture in terms of league position but, despite an outstanding batting performance led by Gill, Siddall and Bairstow, improvement is clearly needed in other aspects of the game.

Pudsey Congs 339-4 (50 overs) (Mark Gill 100, Andy Siddall 127 not out, Andrew Bairstow 50 no)

Gomersal 241-9 (50 overs) (Andrew Gorrod 80, Greg Pickles 49 – Glenn Roberts 4 for 56)

Pudsey Congs (19pts) beat Gomersal (7pts) by 98 runs


Pudsey Congs v Brighouse

Sovereign Healthcare Priestley Cup First Round

At the Britannia Ground

Sunday May 2nd, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Mrs Moira Carr

Match report by Derrieck Reason

Congs progressed to round two of the Priestley Cup with a comfortable win against Brighouse at the Britannia Ground. Brighouse skipper Cummins won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a very flat wicket. Runs were very hard to come by with all the Congs bowlers finding a very good line and length. Top scorer for Brighouse was Moody with 58 runs from a total of 140 all out. Burzler, Bray, Philips and Roberts all taking two wickets each from their allotted ten overs with Phillips being the most economical with 2 for 17.

In reply the Congs were reduced to 40 for 3 by Brighouse in the first ten overs with Oliver, Philips and Patel being out for 0,10,and 1 respectively. A fourth wicket partnership then developed between Siddall and Bairstow of 100 runs from 100 deliveries that carried Congs to a comfortable victory with 25 overs to spare. Siddall finishing with 66 not out and Bairstow 57 not out with both batsmen playing some excellent attacking shots. Best bowling figures for Brighouse was Stevens 2 for 38. A very good weekend indeed for Vice Captain Bairstow with 128 runs without being recorded out.

Brighouse 140-9 (50 overs) (Ben Moody 58)

Pudsey Congs 141-3 (24.1 overs) (Andy Siddall 66no, Andrew Bairstow 57no)

Pudsey Congs won by 7wkts


Pudsey Congs v East Bierley

At the Britannia Ground

Saturday May 1st, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – Sam Miller

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

In a match reduced to 38 overs each, the twenty two players created a game of high interest resulting in the closest  finish possible – a tie -182 for 6. On a pitch which bounced more than usual (rain delayed start), the Bierley innings centered round a well timed 67 by Lee Goddard containing 10 boundaries, quality stroke play. Eugene Burzler showed his talent in 12 excellent overs with 2 for 37 leading the Congs attack and Captain Glenn Roberts claiming 3 victims and Mark Bray 1, Congs did well to restrict the visitors to 182, most of the East Bierley batters contributing  but Goddard took the eye. Gareth Phillips and Callum Oliver opened fluently but the introduction of left arm spinner Luke Jarvis reduced the scoring rate. Phillips made 33 sharing a partnership of 53 then wickets fell as Oliver, Siddall and Patel tried to force the pace. Burzler joined Bairstow with a hard hit 29 as the Congs Vice Captain Andrew Bairstow again revealed his enormous talent with a breathtaking innings of 71 not out, including 7 fours and 3 sixes (2 in successive balls in the very last over !). Needing a single of the last ball, Roberts did not make the contact he would have wished with Andrew Rennison running back from short mid wicket to take a magnificent catch at full stretch. Only 12 wickets fell most of which came from batters having to take risks in the shortened game – phew what a finish!

East Bierley 182-6 (38 overs) (Lee Goddard 67, Glenn Roberts 3-63)

Pudsey Congs 182-6 (38 overs) (Andrew Bairstow 71no, Gareth Phillips 33)

Match tied: Pudsey Congs 11pts, East Bierley 11pts


Pudsey Congs v Cleckheaton

At the Britannia Ground

Saturday April 17th, 2010

Match Ball Sponsor – MB Knight and Mrs B Wells

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

On a blameless pitch prepared by Groundsman John Malpass, and on a perfect day for cricket, Pudsey Congs showed the power of their batting with new Captain Glenn Roberts at number 10!. The Congs gave debuts to Gareth Phillips Eugene Burzler, Irfan Amjad and 14 year 2 week old wicket keeper Barney Gibson. Gareth received possibly the best ball of the day from Ian Wardlaw ,who was the pick of the visitors attack. Mark Gill and Richard Pyrah then carefully set about compiling a second wicket stand of 172. Pyrah elegantly driving on the off side and Gill merciless on the leg side with seven maximums. Pyrah fell for 91 and Gill was not out reaching 109. Both men showed class and concentration in excellent batting conditions on a beautiful day at the Britannia. Adam Patel also contributed with a super innings of 45 in 31 minutes pushing the Congs to maximum batting points and beyond. Cleckheaton started and finished in solid fashion with Mark Cummins and Ian Nicholson playing in determined fashion but Edward Walmsley played confidently for 71. Burzler, Pyrah, James Middlebrook and Roberts were economic with their bowling and Middlebrook had four maidens in 15 overs for 42. The pitch however proved the winner, only 8 wickets fell in 100 overs.

Congs Chairman Ralph Middlebrook and First Team Captain Glenn Roberts, welcome Wicketkeeper Barney Gibson

Pudsey Congs 275-3 (M Gill 109no, R Pyrah 91, A Patel 45)

Cleckheaton 203-5 (E Walmsley 71*, I Nicholson 47, M Cummins 47)

Pudsey Congs (17pts) beat Cleckheaton (5pts) by 72 runs