2011 – Juniors

Under 9’s

Fixture List and Match Reports 2011 (Group 3 Gordon Bowers)

Managers: Tom Brook, Liam Stanhope and Joe Royce   

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Match Reports 2011

Pudsey Congs v Thackley

at the Britannia Ground

Friday June 17th, 2011

Match report by Tom Brook

On a cold, gloomy June night, Congs travelled down to the Britannia ground for the return fixture against Thackley, and, the first home league game of the season.

Frankie (as has become tradition) lost the toss, and, Congs were made to field first. The captain opened the bowling himself, leading from the front from the very first ball, bowling 2 consecutive maidens! This was followed by an amazing bowling performance from Bethany Slater who proved that all that back yard bowling practice has been paying off, taking two wickets in her two overs and only conceding 5 runs – a fantastic spell Bethany , well done. From here, Lewis Gunner and the ever improving Jayron Sandhu followed suit, bowling good tight lines as well as wickets to limit Thackley’s score. Adding to this though was the extremely high fielding standards displayed from all throughout the full sixteen overs meaning that after their innings, Thackley were restricted to 231.

All players responded to the information passed on to them in the changing rooms and transferred ALL of it onto the field. It was easy to see the vast improvements the Congs side had made since the first meeting between the sides and, it has to be said, that from a coaching perspective, it is an absolute joy to coach a group of players who are so attentive and receptive in the changing rooms. Fantastic effort guys and girl, keep going!

Frankie Gibson 2-2-0-0, Bethany Slater 2-0-5-2, Prab Pooni 2-0-5-0

In reply, Congs knew that although the target was reachable, they would have to focus hard and bat well to overcome a strong Thackley bowling attack. Frankie and Jonathan got the Congs off to a fantastic start, propelling the team to 229 from their 4 overs faced. This was followed by some hard hitting from William Holmes, who bludgeoned 23 and was ably supported by Lewis Gunner (5). Good boundary hitting from Bethany and Jay in the third pairing catapulted Congs to 274 before the job was well finished by Alexander Naylor and Prab who ensured that Congs even managed to clear the 300 mark in a very well disciplined batting display.

Frankie Gibson 22, William Holmes 23, Alexander Naylor 12

This was by far and away the best game of the season so far. The batting, bowling and fielding were all exemplary and it was a pleasure to watch you all play with such huge smiles on your faces. The spirit this team has is absolutely fantastic, it genuinely is great to see you all play, and in this case win together. Let’s take this form into the last game of the season and make sure we qualify for the knockout stages. Very well done.


Idle v Pudsey Congs

at Idle

Friday June 10th, 2011

Match report by Tom Brook

Buoyant from their win at Shipley Providence the day before, Congs travelled up to Idle to face a strong team who had won the title in previous years. For the third game in a row, Congs lost the toss and were put in to bat first.

This time, it was down to the excellent batting of Lewis Gunner to get the Congs innings off to an electric start as he scored a classy 21, combining good cricket shots with pure power- excellent cricket Lewis, well done! This was followed by more excellent batting by Liam Holgate (12) who is proving that in his second season with the Congs that he has learnt how to combine excellent running between the wickets with elegant stroke play in order to pressure one of the league’s best bowling attacks. Alexander also continued his impressive form with the bat, scoring 10 in the final pair to ensure that Congs reached a competitive 261 from their 16 overs.

Lewis Gunner 21 , Liam Holgate 12, Jash Pooni 10, Alexander Naylor 10

Congs knew at the break that it would be a difficult challenge to restrict Idle, but, fuelled by the energy and excitement of the win the night before, morale remained high when Congs took to the field. An excellent opening spell from the skipper and Jonathan further improved the spirit, with the pair only going for 15 runs and taking a wicket in the opening 4 overs. Bethany furthered this opening spell, also taking a wicket and only going for 5 runs from her 2 overs, continuing to show that girls can play cricket at least as well as the boys! From here, the game meandered to a tense close, with Congs keeping things tight and blocking boundaries, while Idle took all the singles available to them. This meant that, with only 4 overs remaining, Idle required 19 runs. Liam and Alexander were charged with bowling the overs, and the game suddenly sparked to life, with both runs and wickets coming thick and fast, with the pair taking a wicket each in their 2 overs. In the last over, Idle required to not lose a wicket to win the game, and scored 1 run from the first 5 balls meaning that they led by 2 going into the final ball and only a wicket could win the game for Congs. Sadly, this could not be achieved and Idle won the game by 6 runs.

Jonathan Dissayanaka 2-0-7-1 , Bethany Slater 2-0-5-1, Frankie Gibson 2-0-8-0

Overall, this was a fantastic effort from Congs in a very tough game both on paper and in practice. I am delighted with the effort that all of the players put into the game and every single player did themselves proud. There were some very dejected players in the dressing room after the game, and this shows me the level of effort and commitment that the players have put into the season this far, and this is a very proud thing for a coach to see. I said it at the time and I will say it again now. This was an excellent effort from all and nobody should be disheartened, if we keep playing like this, the side will continue to win games for years to come. More of the same next week please guys!


Shipley Providence v Pudsey Congs

at Shipley

Thursday June 9th, 2011

Match report by Tom Brook

Fresh from defeat at Thackley the week before, Congs travelled across Bradford to face Shipley Providence with the hope of opening their account for the 2011 season. Skipper Frankie Gibson lost the toss and the Congs were put into bat first.

As in the game before, Frankie got the Congs off to a great start, playing some elegant strokes which were more than ably supported by his opening partner, and debutant for the 2011 season, Lewis Gunner. This good work and excellent batting was continued throughout the innings, culminating in the Congs only losing one wicket in their entire innings! An excellent job guys, thoroughly well done. It was because of this lack of wickets that the Congs were able to build on the fine work that the opening partnership had established, with all batsmen (and batswomen) scoring freely and running extremely well between the wickets with excellent communication skills, leading to a more than competitive total of 292.

Frankie Gibson 17 & William Holmes 12

In reply, the Shipley Providence innings never really got going. With all 8 of the Congs bowlers bowling extremely good, tight lines, restricting the scoring opportunities. This was ably backed up by some exceptional fielding from all members of the team who have to be credited for their attention levels in the dressing room and their ability to transfer this onto the field. Some good catches were held, long and short barriers shown by all players, and everyone was backing up- great job guys, I couldn’t ask for any more. The star of the show with the ball once more was William Holmes, who bowled a fantastic spell, resulting in 4 wickets from his 2 overs! An excellent effort from a brilliant young bowler. Special mentions also must go to Frankie who took 2 wickets and debutant Jonathan who took a wicket in his very first over for the team. By the time the final ball was bowled, Liam Holgate and Lewis Gunner had also taken wickets which had seen Congs restrict Shipley Providence to 219, meaning that the Congs had gained an emphatic victory.

Liam Holgate 2-0-7-1, Frankie Gibson 2-0-9-2, Lewis Gunner 1-0-1-1, William Holmes 2-0-10-4

As a final note, a special mention must go to Alexander Naylor who, despite being seriously injured during his time batting returned to the field to bowl and field and, in doing so, pulled off one of the best diving stops I have ever seen! Excellent effort and commitment to the team Alex, very well done! Now, just make sure that your pocket money reflects the hard effort you have put in!


Thackley v Pudsey Congs

at Thackley

Saturday May 15th, 2011

Match report by Tom Brook

For the first competitive league game of the season, a young Congs team travelled up to Thackley. With the first attempt being called off for rain, and the second looking more than likely to follow suit, players, parents and coaches were all thrilled when the sun finally broke through the clouds. Just in time for the Congs to bat first on a small ground with plenty of scoring opportunities.

Skipper Frankie Gibson provided the innings impetus right from the start, smashing 10 off only the third over of the innings on his way to an individual total of 16. This was followed by steady run gathering from Bethany and Jayron who build a solid partnership, allowing William and Liam to unleash in the third partnership to push Congs over the 50 run mark with 4 overs remaining. From here, Alexander, in the final Congs pairing, was able to combine elegant stroke play with powerful hitting to catapult Congs to 12 and a personal total of 274. A score that looked very competitive as long as the fielding and bowling were as good as training showed it could be.

Frankie Gibson 16, William Holmes 19, Alexander Naylor 12

In reply, Thackley started strongly, with opener William Luxton bludgeoning 24 from the first 4 overs. Darwin King followed William’s effort, scoring a further 36 from his pairs 4 overs to put the Congs in trouble. However, a strong fight back from a very economical Priyanka (2 overs for 3 runs) and Jayron Sandu (2 wickets in 2 overs) brought the Congs right back on track. With the final pairing to come, Thackley led by 14 runs but Congs knew that wickets and good fielding could be the key to gaining victory. William Holmes began the bowling at the final pair, and dragged the Congs back into the game in emphatic style. William’s 15th over double wicket maiden ensured that going into the final over, Thackley only led by 4 runs and a single wicket could be enough for a Congs victory. For the final over, up stepped skipper Frankie Gibson who took a wicket with the very first ball of the over, catapulting Congs into the lead for the first time in 12 overs! Sadly, Thackley responded, scoring 2 boundaries as Frankie searched for wickets, meaning that after the final dot ball was bowled, Thackley finished on 284, winning by 10 runs.

Priyanka Menta 2-0-3-0, William Holmes 2-1-4-2, Frankie Gibson 2-1-10-2


Pudsey Congs v Farsley

at the Britannia Ground

Saturday April 24th, 2011

Match report by Tom Brook

On a glorious Easter Sunday in front of a large, expectant crowd, a young Congs XI turned out to face a vastly more experienced Farsley XI down at the Britannia Ground. With nerves and excitement levels high in both camps, it promised to be an exciting clash, and didn’t disappoint.

New captain Frankie Gibson won the toss, and, much to the players delight, decided to field first, with devastating effect. The plans laid down by the new coaching team were followed to perfection, with excellent bowling and fielding leading to regular wickets. Much credit must be given to the team for following up their hard work in the training sessions, with all players bowling brilliant lines and executing perfect long and short barriers- much to the coach’s delight! Special praise must also be given to Bethany, who was on a hat trick in her first over of the season- well done Beth! After 16 overs of excellent bowling and fielding, Farsley were restricted to 251, a fantastic effort from such a young side considering their team contained three 11 year olds!

Understandably, both confidence and excitement were both high at the break, and after an exquisite sportsman’s diet of chips and bacon sandwiches, the teams returned to the field. All four newly constructed pairs batted extremely well together, looking like a team who had been together as friends for years.  Captain Frankie set the tone of the innings, scoring a massive 18 runs off a single over to get the Congs off to a fantastic start! From here, Congs never looked in trouble, with pair after pair regularly finding the boundary and refusing to give their wicket away to some good Farlsey bowling, with the last pair of Sam and Bradley appearing particularly defiant in defence. In the end, Congs appeared triumphant by 11 runs, a fantastic victory for all those involved, with all 8 players, from those on debut to those with experience batting extremely well, very well done.

Well done to all of those who took part in the game, you all performed terrifically well and I can assure you that myself, Joe and Liam are particularly proud of how well you all played, we could not have asked for any more, well done. In addition to this, a special mention must go to Priyanka and Bethany who proved that girls can be just as good (if not better) than boys on the cricket field! Well done girls.

If the team performs like this all year, they will go very far and emulate the successes of last years under 9’s. Watch this space guys!

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Under 11’s

Fixture List and Match Reports 2011

Manager: Mark Allman, assisted by Andre Stolarski

Match Reports 2011 by Mark Jackson

Final League Position Central Section = 1st, 36 Points

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Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

Sunday July 10th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a warm, sunny morning we entertained Pudsey St Lawrence (PSL) in what was always going to be a competitive derby game.  Today we welcome back Adam Slater and Joshua Chapman from Tavenersduty and Harry Jackson was retained as captain.

PSL batted first with Alexander Holmes and Joshua Chapman opening the bowling for Congs. The 1st pair put on 15 for no wicket.  The next bowlers Harry Allman and Mohammed Al-Hayet bowled well, but also in their first two overs did not manage to take a wicket and the next pair put on 18.  Harry Jackson and Tom Brine were the next to bowl and Congs were rewarded for their patience with Harry taking a wicket and also Tom taking a wicket.  The final pair of batsmen managed to push the score on, with Joe Stolarski bowling an accurate over and Mohammed also taking a good caught and bowled, leaving the score 241-3.

Alexander and Joshua opened the batting and got off to a good start, but Alexander lost his wicket twice in the last over.  Harry Allman and Harry Jackson were the next pair in, Allman getting out once.  The next pair were Joe and Mohammed, Joe hit a good 4 runs and Mohammed was not out at the other end.  When Adam Slater and Tom came to the wicket, Congs really needed something special, and as captain Josh Marsden took off his pads and came out from behind the stumps to bowl the final overs, he soon bowled Adam, who came down the wicket to a straight ball.  It looked like the game was all over by now, but Adam and Tom batted really well after this, Adam hitting 2 consecutive 4s and with 3 needed to win from the last ball, Adam struck the ball to mid wicket, and ran 2 to secure a tie.  It was really close game and arguably a fair result on the day.

As the players went back to the dressing room, all was quiet, but after a quick phone call to the Idle cricket club manager, the information soon came out that Idle had lost, so Congs had won the league with one game to spare.  The dressing room door flew open and mayhem ensued, as the players ran out onto the pitch to be showered with champagne from the manager.  Unfortunately there was not a drop left for supporters and parents (a poor effort on the manager’s part)! Credit must go to PSL players and supporters for staying behind and watching the celebrations.

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the U11 parents to congratulate manager, Mark Allman for a fine effort this season winning the League Championship and also securing a semi final place in the cup.  What a wonderful effort.  Also big thanks go to assistant manager, Andre Stolarski for all his efforts this season.

Well done lads!!

Alexander Holmes – 14, Adam Slater – 22, Tom Brine – 7

Mohammed Al-Hayet 1-15, Harry Jackson 1-2, Tom Brine 1-2


Buttershaw St Pauls v Pudsey Congs

Cup Quarter Final

Monday July 4th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a sunny, Monday evening, we visited Buttershaw for what was to be a very tough quarter final cup game, with Buttershaw at the top of the league and unbeaten in every competition.

It was Congs that batted first, with Alexander Holmes and Mohammed Al-Hayet opening the batting and Congs got off to a really slow start, due to some tight bowling and good fielding.  Alexander was the first out when he skyed a ball and was caught for 7.  Next to go was Mohammed who had played a watchful innings, but was caught behind for 6.  Next to the crease was Adam Slater, he soon started the runs scoring, backed up by Joshua Chapman. Adam retired on 31 and Joshua was not out at the end, on 24.  The score was 91-4 at the end of the innings.

No-one really knew whether this was going to be enough and when Buttershaw came in to bat, Congs got an early wicket when Alexander bowled the Buttershaw opening batsman for 2.  However, the other opener, Wainwright started putting bat to ball and hit some really big boundaries.  It looked as though he was going to retire before he was bowled by Harry Jackson with his first ball.  Joshua bowled really well at the other end and took a wicket.  Mohammed Al-Hayet, Tom Brine, William Holmes and Joe Stolarski all took wickets and with the run out of Daud, with some quick work on 22, Congs were still on target to win.  Another two runouts followed and Congs bowled out Buttershaw for 83, this was a fine fielding and bowling performance from the Congs, in which every single player contributed to a great win and find themselves in the semi finals.  Yet again a special mention to William Holmes from the U9s, who ended with figures of 3-1-5-1 and fielded really well.

Congs will now face Liversedge in the Semi Final on Monday July 25th at home.

Adam Slater – 31 (retired), Joshua Chapman – 24 (not out)

Alexander Holmes 1-8, Joshua Chapman 1-14, Harry Jackson 1-9, Mohammed Al-Hayet 1-17

William Holmes 1-5, Tom Brine 1-3, Joe Stolarski 1-3


Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

Sunday July 3rd, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a hot, sunny Sunday morning we visited Undercliffe in what was sure to be a tight match after the tie at home earlier in the season.  Today we were without Captain Adam Slater and Joshua Chapman who were both on Taverners duty (well done to them both). William Holmes from the U9s was drafted in and Harry Jackson took over as captain.

It was Undercliffe who batted first, Alexander Holmes and Harry Allman opened the bowling and Undercliffe got off to a slow start with the openers sharing a partnership of 8.  The next two batsmen shared in a partnership of 20 before a sharp piece of fielding from Niall Rowlands throwing in the ball and hitting the stumps directly (off the bowling off Mohammed Al-Hayet) to gain Congs’ first wicket.  The next pair were slowed down by some good bowling from William Holmes and Joe Stolarski, William bowling an excellent 2 overs for only 2 runs.  Harry Jackson managed to get 2 wickets in his last over, 1 bowled and 1 caught and bowled to leave Undercliffe on 260-3.

Alexander and Tom Brine opened the batting for Congs, Alexander smashing 21, unfortunately was run out off the last ball of the partnership.  However, he still got Congs off to a great start and with Harry Allman and William scoring runs, William was out once but Congs were still on target.  Niall and Joe came in next and managed to not lose any wickets and Harry Jackson and Mohammed were the last pair in to bat needing 12 to win.  The pressure was on but it was somewhat eased when Harry hit 4 runs through the covers.  Pudsey passed Undercliffe’s score with 3 balls left in the match, however a series of wides and no balls added to the length of the over, which put more pressure on Mohammed, who did all he could not to get out.  He managed to keep his wicket intact and defended the last ball of the over to see Congs through to a really a good win, with a score of 263-2.

This prompted a pitch invasion from the rest of the team and what a great way to bounce back after last week’s defeat at Idle.  A big mention has to go to William Holmes, who came in from the U9s team and showed real character, bowling 2 superb overs and also batting well.  It is hard to believe he still has another season left with the U9s.

Next up for Congs is the cup quarter final -v- the unbeaten Buttershaw St. Pauls.

Alexander Holmes – 21, Harry Allman – 9, Harry Jackson – 7

Harry Jackson 2-19, Alexander Holmes 3-1-9-0, William Holmes 2-0-2-0


Pudsey Congs v Idle

Sunday June 26th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a sunny, Sunday morning, we entertained Idle in what was going to be an important match for both teams as Idle were playing their full strength side for the first time this season.  Idle batted first and got off to a fairly slow start with Alexander Holmes taking 2 wickets.  Harry Allman bowled well at the other end and Idle found runs quite hard to come by.  The next 2 bowlers, Joshua Chapman and Mohammed Al-Hayet, both taking wickets, restricting the 2nd pair to a total of just 15.  Harry Jackson and Joe Stolarski were the next 2 to bowl, Harry taking a wicket and Joe bowling one over but bowling very economically.  Tom Brine bowled 1 over, which was a maiden, restricting Idle to just 224 for the loss of 5 wickets.

Congs went in to bat and must have fancied their chances of chasing down this quite small total, however, no one could have predicted what was to follow.  Alexander and Mohammed opened the batting and although Mohammed was out once, they still put the score into double figures and got Congs off to a good start.  Harry Allman and Harry Jackson were next in to bat, both lost their wicket twice and by the time Joe and Tom came to the wicket, the pressure was really on.  Joe was out once and Tom was out 3 times, leaving Adam Slater and Joshua, the last pair in, having to score over 50 to win the match.  Adam started off really well, smashing the ball to the square leg boundary, only to have it plucked out of the air by one of the Idle fielders.  By this time, both batsmen realised that the game had more or less gone and decided just to chance their arm.  Both players smashing runs, but also getting out – Adam was out 3 times and Joshua was out twice, but risks had to be taken.  This left Congs on 193 for the loss of 11 wickets meaning that Congs’ unbeaten record had well and truly gone.

All the team were disappointed after the game but I’m sure they will regroup against Undercliffe next week, away.

Alexander Holmes – 12, Adam Slater – 16, Joshua Chapman – 20,

Alexander Holmes 2-7, Joshua Chapman 1-16, Mohammed Al-Hayet 1-18, Harry Jackson 1-9


Pudsey Congs v Bradford & Bingley

Sunday June 19th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a wet, Sunday morning Congs went to Bradford & Bingley (B&B).  Congs batted first, with Alexander Holmes and Mohammed Al-Hayet putting on 19 for the first four overs.  The next pair were Harry Jackson and Harry Allman, who shared in a partnership of 33 without loss.  Joshua Chapman and Joe Stolarski continued this trend, their partnership worth 18 without loss.  Tom Brine and Adam Slater were the last pair to bat, their partnership was worth 27, although Tom lost his wicket twice, but Congs still amassed a big total of 300-2.

When Congs came in to bowl, it was obvious that B&B were going to have to bat well to get anywhere near the Congs score.  Alexander opened the bowling and took 3 wickets, Harry Allman also took a wicket at the other end, leaving B&B well behind the score.  Harry Jackson and Joshua were the next 2 to bowl, noone was quite ready for what was about to happen, with Joshua ripping the heart out of the B&B batting line up taking 5 wickets in 2 overs!  This pair went back to the pavillion shell shocked and it was fair to say that B&B never recovered after this.  Joe took 2 wickets, Tom bowled 2 maidens and Mohammed took 2 wickets which completely finished off the B&B batting line up.  B&B finished on 155-11.

Alexander Holmes – 15, Harry Allman – 28, Adam Slater – 25

Alexander Holmes 3-6, Harry Allman 1-8, Joshua Chapman 2-1-1-5, Joe Stolarski 2-11, Mohammed Al-Hayet 2-4


Pudsey Congs v Great Horton Church

Sunday June 12th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a sunny, warm Sunday morning, we played our home game against Great Horton Church.  Congs batted first with Alexander Holmes and Mohammed Al-Hayet opening up.  Although Alex was out once, this partnership was still worth 28 runs, with just the start that Congs needed.  Harry Allman and Harry Jackson were next pair in.  Both batsmen started well, with Jackson getting out twice and the score seemed to be stuck in the 230 range for quite a long time.  Joshua Chapman and Joe Stolarski were next two in to bat, both running some quick singles against some tight Great Horton bowling.  Both batsmen finished unbeaten.  Adam Slater and Tom Brine were the next pair in and managed to push the score past 250 before Tom was out once.  Eventually getting the score to 259-4.  The question was, was this going to be enough?

Great Horton Church started well, putting on 16 without loss for the 1st pair – despite some tight bowling from Harry Allman and Alexander, who opened the bowling.  Congs really needed wickets by this time.  The next pair came in and Yousef Malik walked out of his wicket and was stumped by Adam off the bowling of Harry Jackson.  Joshua bowled well at the other end, but couldn’t manage to take a wicket, despite his accuracy.  By now Congs were well and truly on the ropes and wickets were needed.  Joe was next in to bowl and thought he had made a breakthrough but unfortunately the ball was bowled head high and given a no ball, despite Harry Jackson taking the catch, running in from square leg.  It looked as though it wasn’t going to be Congs’ day, when Tom came on and took a wicket in his 1st over, followed up the next ball by a crazy run out.  This changed the game and Congs were back in it.  Mohammed came on to bowl and took a wicket and bowled really well.  There was just enough time for another run out, after Great Horton Church, in such a good position had committed batting suicide for the 2nd time.  Congs romped home and the final total was 236-5.

This was a hard fought, and sometimes contraversial game and it is fair to say that perhaps Congs did not play at their best.  However, it is also fair to say that the sign of a really good side is one that can come off the ropes fighting!  We now look forward to playing Bradford & Bingley away.

Alexander Holmes – 20, Tom Brine – 9, Harry Allman – 8

Harry Jackson 1-7, Tom Brine 1-4, Mohammed Al-Hayet 1-14, Joshua Chapman 3-1-6-0


Farsey v Pudsey Congs

Sunday June 5th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a pleasant Sunday morning, we visited Farsley for the return match from last week. Farsley batted first and it was Harry Allman who opened the bowling and took a wicket first ball, breaking the bail in half (which was presented to him later)!  Harry took another 2 wickets after this, pushing the score right back in Congs favour.  The next two batsmen found it really hard going with some good bowling from Joshua Chapman, who also took a wicket and the 2nd pair went back in the pavilion with only 2 runs on the board.  Although Farsley fought hard, no-one got into double figures and the final pair found it hard going, with Joe Stolarski taking a wicket and also Adam Slater’s quick thinking lead to a run out. Farsley ended the innings on 207-6.

Alexander Holmes and Joshua opened the batting and shared an unbeaten partnership of 24.  The next pair in were Harry Allman and Harry Jackson.  Both hit boundaries, with Allman losing his wicket 3 times.  The next pair were Joe and Edward Kerfoot, Joe batted well, backed up by Edward – both losing a wicket each.  By the time Adam and Tom Brine came in, the feeling in the Farsley team was that another two wickets and they would be right back in the game.  However, Slater had other ideas and promptly set about the Farsley attack, leaving Farsley in no doubt what his intentions were.  He hit 3 fours from the last 3 balls, leaving the final total 273-5.

Another good win, even though Farsley fought hard.  Congs remain unbeaten and look forward to Great Horton Church at home on Sunday.

Alexander Holmes – 17, Adam Slater – 26, Joe Stolarski – 10

Harry Allman 3-12, Joshua Chapman 1-3, Joe Stolarski 1-8


Pudsey Congs v Farsley

Sunday May 29th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a wet Sunday morning, Congs took on Farsley for only their 2nd home game of the season.  Farsley batted first and found it tough, the ball being difficult to get away, due to the wet outfield and Congs’ tight bowling.  It was Alexander Holmes and Harry Allman who opened the bowling, both took wickets early on and the first pair were soon back in the pavillion with only 6 runs on the board.  The next pair also faced some accurate bowling from Harry Jackson and Joshua Chapman, both taking wickets and keeping the score to a minus. Edward Kerfoot, Tom Brine and Mohammed Al-Hayet were all wicketless but never the less, very accurate, leaving the Farsley total on 190-6.

It was Alex and Joshua who opened the batting, both getting off to a steady start and finishing their partnership without losing a wicket.  Mohammed and Edward were next in to bat.  Although they batted steadily, Edward lost his wicket with a careless run out.  Harry Allman and Harry Jackson were next in, both put bat to ball and didn’t loose a wicket.  The final pairing of Adam Slater and Tom came in to bat and one of the rare occasions, Adam was outscored by Tom.  Adam lost his wicket once, but by now the game was beyond Farsley and the final score was 264-2.

A good team effort in what was quite wet conditions and Congs still unbeaten this season.  Next game up is Farsley away.

Tom Brine – 13, Alexander Holmes – 8, Harry Allman – 9

Alexander Holmes 2-3, Harry Allman 1-10, Harry Jackson 1-3, Joshua Chapman 2-7


Bradford and Bingley v Pudsey Congs

Sunday May 22nd, 2011

This weekends fixture for the U11’s was rearranged to become an away fixture. Unfortunately our intrepid reporter Mark Jackson was unable to attend the match as he was sick, so there will be no report this week. We can tell you that Pudsey Congs won the match handily and we wish Mark a speedy recovery.


Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

Cup Second Round

Monday May 16th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On another cold Monday evening, Pudsey Congs visited Tofts road for the 2nd time in two days, mindful of the fact that PSL would be looking to avenge the previous day’s defeat.  Two players were making their U11 debut, U9 players Alexender Naylor and 7 year old Lewis Gunner.  Returning to the side for the 2nd cup game was U9’s William Holmes.  PSL won the toss and decided to bat and Congs got off to a great start when 1st ball of the innings, Joshua Chapman hit the stumps, fielding at square leg to run out Ben Merchant. However, PSL soon pulled things round to take the score to 24-1 before Harry Allman took a good catch, running in to dismiss Emmett-Lee off the bowling of Mohammed Al-Hayet.  Niall Rowlands had Josh Marsden stumped with a good piece of work from Adam Slater.  By now Congs were bowling really well and Joshua Chapman with another direct hit, ran out John Pearce – Mohammed then bowled Tom Frankland.  Harry Jackson bowled the last over and was hard to get away leaving the PSL score on 87-5.

Joshua Chapman and Harry Jackson opened the batting for the Congs.  Harry was out in the 3rd over for 3, when the ball clipped his leg stump and soon after Joshua went for 6, playing an aggressive shot.  This left captain, Adam Slater and Mohammed Al-Hayet at the wicket.  Adam set off quickly and Mohammed yet again played the anchor role.  Adam put the Congs right back in the game, finally getting out on 29 – a real captains knock.  This meant that Harry Allman joined Mohammed at the wicket.  PSL bowlers then pinned back the Congs batsmen with some fine line and length bowling and the pressure was soon on, as the overs ticked away.  Congs needed 13 runs from 3 overs and soon went to 9 from 2 overs.  It was turning out to be a real tense finish, and with instructions being shouted out from all parts of the ground, the Congs batsmen did well to keep their mind on the game.  Five runs needed from the final over and with 2 balls to spare, Mohammed hit a fine shot over mid wicket to win the game for the Congs, sparking a pitch invasion from the rest of the team!  Both batsmen batted well under tremendous pressure and Mohammed always seems to save his best innings for the cup.

Well done boys on a fine double and well done to Ian Priestly and his team for being so gracious in defeat, considering it was such a passionate derby match.
Adam Slater – 29, Mohammed Al-Hayet – 17*, Harry Allman – 6*

Mohammed Al-Hayet 2-11, Harry Jackson 0-8, Niall Rowlands 1-13

A special mention to the U9’s William Holmes for bowling 3 fine overs and fielding really well.  Also Alexander Naylor and Lewis Gunner on a fine fielding display.


Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

Sunday May 15th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a bitterly cold April morning (in May), we visited Tofts Road for the eagerly awaited Pudsey derby.  Adam Slater won the toss and decided to field.  Alex Holmes and Harry Allman opened the bowling and PSL were soon a wicket down when Alex bowled the opener.  The next pair were going well when Mohamed Al-Hayet bowled Billy Potter.  Congs started to dominate when Joshua Chapman took a wicket (bowled), then a caught and bowled in the very same over, and Harry Allman (now gaining a reputation as a run-out specialist) threw the ball in and hit the stumps.  By now Congs were very much on top – Mohammed chipped in with another wicket and Alex took another, caught behind by Adam.  Tom Brine, Niall Rowlands and Harry Jackson all bowled very economical overs to restrict the PSL score to 223-7 at the close.

Joshua and Alex opened the batting and raced away.  The partnership worth 26 and after 4 overs Congs were 233-0.  Next pair in were Tom and Mohammed – both were very watchful and were mindful not to loose any wickets, which they didn’t.  The same applied to Niall and Harry Allman, although Niall square drove a four, but was still very defensive.  When last pair, Adam and Harry Jackson came in, the target was not to loose any wickets.  Both hit boundaries and were not out at the end, leaving the score 267-0.  A superb win, played in the really good spirit and now we have to do it all again, tomorrow night in the cup!

Alex Holmes – 24, Adam Slater – 15, Harry Jackson – 6

Alex Holmes 2-8, Mohammed Al-Hayet 2-16, Joshua Chapman 2-15


Pudsey Congs v Undercliffe

Sunday May 8th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a wet, but warm Sunday morning Undercliffe were the visitors for Congs’ 1st home game of the season.  Adam Slater won the toss and decided to field.  Harry Jackson and Harry Allman opened the bowling.  Boundaries were hard to come by at first, with the outfield still being wet.  Harry Jackson’s first over was a maiden and the 1st pair made 11 without loss.  Joshua Chapman was the next to bowl with Niall Rowlands at the other end.  Although Joshua struggled at first with line and length, he soon pulled things back and bowled a maiden in his next over.  Mohammed Al-Hayat, Joe Stolarski and Edward Kerfoot all bowled their overs well.  Harry Allman taking a wicket in his last over at the end and combining well with Adam to run out the Undercliffe batsman, off Joshua’s over.  Final score was 253-2.

Joshua and Mohammed opened the batting.  While Joshua set about the Undercliffe bowling, Mohammed pulled a leg muscle and ended up calling for a runner (Joe Stolarski).  Both batted well, sharing a partnership of 21.  Mohammed batting bravely with a pulled muscle.  The next pair in were Harry Allman and the ever improving Niall Rowlands.  This partnership was worth 9 for no loss.  Joe and Edward came in next with Joe unfortunately losing his wicket twice.  By the time Harry Jackson and Adam came to the wicket 22 runs were required.  Adam started off really well, with some well struck boundaries, backed up by Harry as they got closer to the total.  Unfortunately Adam was out going for a big hit which swung the game back in Undercliffe’s favour.  Adam and Harry pushed the score on despite this set back and with 4 needed from the last ball, Adam duly obliged to tie the scores.  In what was a really exciting game of cricket, played in great spirit with both teams contributing to the spectacle and which was probably a fair result in the end.

Congs remain unbeaten with Pudsey St. Lawrence next up, both in the league and the cup.

Joshua Chapman – 18, Adam Slater – 20, Harry Jackson – 6

Harry Allman 1-12, Joe Stolarski 0-3, Mohammed Al-Hayat 0-12


East Bierley v Pudsey Congs

Cup First Round

Monday May 2nd, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a windy, but sunny Bank Holiday Monday evening we visited East Bierley for the 1st round of the cup.  Captain, Adam Slater lost the toss and was put into bat.  Alex Holmes and debutant Mohammed Al-Hayet opened the batting for the Congs.  Alex set about the East Bierley bowling immediately with some well struck boundaries and Congs got off to a good start.  Alex finally retired on 30 not out.  Adam was next in, keeping up the momentum by scoring quick runs with Mohammed at the other end, playing the anchor role.  Adam played some big shots and also pushed some quick singles, unfortunately going for one big shot too many and losing the only wicket.  By then he had scored 27 and his job was well and truly done.  There was just enough time for Joshua Chapman to see off the final overs of the match, leaving Mohammed not out 26.  He carried his bat through the innings playing a really watchful but important knock in his 1st match.  Congs finished on 143-1.

East Bierley had to score quick runs to chase down the big total.  Alex and Harry Allman opened the bowling with Alex taking a wicket in his very first ball and Harry bowling a maiden which put East Bierley under pressure from the start.  It wasn’t long before Alex too his second wicket when the opening batsman hit his wicket, which was given out by the square leg umpire. When Reece Clark and Jack Bledzard came to the wicket for East Bierley they knew they had to score quick runs and although they hit quite a few fours, Congs bowling put them under enough pressure for them not to score quickly.  Allman and Slater combined well to run out Bledzard on 27.   By this time I think Congs realised that the game was theirs and a few mistakes crept in in the field (leaving manager Mark Allman to say “no wonder I’ve got grey hair”)!!

By the time debutant Edward Kerfoot bowled the last over, too many runs were needed and Congs won the match by 37 runs.  A good victory for the boys as they progress to the next round of the cup.  Next up, Undercliffe at home – lets hope we can keep this winning start going.

Alex Holmes – 30*, Mohammed Al-Hayet – 26*, Adam Slater – 27

Alex Holmes 2-8, Harry Allman 0-5

A special mention to William Holmes of the U9s, bowling an excellent 2 overs and who fielded well all night.


Great Horton Church v Pudsey Congs

Sunday April 24th, 2011

Match report By Mark Jackson

On a cloudy, muggy morning the U11’s season got under way with a visit to newly promoted Great Horton Church.  Everyone was aware that Congs had lost their first fixture of the season for the last 3 years and this seemed to add to the early season tension.

New captain (and keeper) Adam Slater lost the toss and Congs were asked to bat first. First pair in to bat were Josh Chapman and Alex Holmes.  Both got the Congs off to a good start, not losing a wicket.  Harry Allman and Tom Brine were next in (both moving up from U9’s this season) and both batting very well.  Neither batsmen lost their wicket.  Next pair in were Joe Stolarski (also moving up from U9’s) and Niall Rowlands, both batsmen lost their wicket once.  The last pairing were captain Adam Slater and Harry Jackson. Adam batted without fear, hitting 17 runs, backed up by Harry – both players were not out at the end, leaving the final score on 262-2.

Alex and Harry Allman opened the bowling.  Both struggled early on for line and length but Alex managed to pitch one on middle stump, bowling the Great Horton opener.  Harry Jackson took a wicket, and Joe struck with a catch behind from Adam.  Tom chipped in with a good spell, bowling a maiden.  It was left to Harry Allman to bowl the last over with Great Horton needing 8 to win.  Congs had had a mixed day in the field, putting down a few catches and giving away quite a few wides, which probably added even more to the tension.  However, Harry bowled the last over well, backed up by his fielders and Great Horton fell short on 259-3.

Congs may have a bit to work on for their next game, but it is the first game of the season and the boys worked hard for the win. Next up, East Bierley in the cup, lets hope they can continue this winning start to the season – good luck boys!

Slater – 17, Brine – 7, Holmes – 6

Holmes 1-19, Brine 0-5, Jackson 1-8, Stolarski 1-13

lineBradford Junior Under 13’s

Fixture List and Match Reports 2011

Manager: Dom Allen, Assisted by Neil & Matt Humpleby

Match Reports 2011

Courtesy of Dom Allen

Final League Position Demaine Section = Champions, 41 Points

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THE DAVID BAIRSTOW CUP FINAL

Pudsey Congs v Keighley

at Britannia Ground

Monday August 14th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

The day dawned cloudy but dry and an early visit to the ground in full regalia was required by several members of the squad due to the Under 15s semi final. This did afford those parents the opportunity to relax a little and soak up the early atmosphere but the result did not get the day off to the best of starts.

As the remainder of the team trickled into the ground, well ahead of schedule, they all looked a picture in their shirts, ties and blazers and their appearance did the club proud. First up, Dom Allen presented each player with a specialist shirt for the final and a cap as a reward for all of their hard work during the season. After they had changed, they were presented with the league trophy and their medals and the proud parents (a great deal of whom had taken up the invitation to dust off their suits) had the opportunity to take photos of the team.

But at about 1.40pm , the final proper commenced in earnest as Zahid Mahmood proudly strode out to shake hands with Keighley captain Will Rankin and after winning the toss, Mahmood elected to bat. This meant that Congs had batted first in every single one of the 15 games they had played this season, surely some sort of record. The tried and tested pairing of Arbaab Hussain and Joe Baxter opened the innings but calamity. Almost unthinkably, Hussain was bowled in the third over by Dan Scott and Congs were 6-1.

Certainly, this was not the dominant start the manager had hoped for and a period of consolidation was vital. Jacques Allen came in at No 3 in an attempt to provide that consolidation and with Baxter the pair slowly but surely started to gain Congs a foothold in the match. After 10 overs they had moved the score on to 26-1 and then 70-1 after 20. The manager was not the slightest bit concerned with the scoring rate, so chugging along at 3.5 per over was a huge bonus. With the score on 78 and almost at the point of exhaustion, Allen lobbed up a catch to keeper Weatherall but his job had been done. Sadly he was soon followed by his long time partner Baxter after a disappointing reminder to all youngsters that a call for a run should be based on where the ball has gone and not how hard or well it has been hit. Baxter’s innings and his partnership with Allen had been priceless however; although just how valuable would not become clear until later in the game.

Congs now slipped a gear as Mustafa Raffique and Will Marshall set about increasing the tempo of the innings and they achieved, unerring success as Marshall fired an unbelievably quickfire 34 off only 17 balls. He made the most of an early let off and bludgeoned the Keighley attack to all parts, taking advantage of an in-out field that had been set for Raffique who had been no slouch at the other end and demonstrated his usual array of forceful strokes combined with beautifully timed pushes that went to the boundary. Unfortunately, right on the cusp of taking the game away from Keighley, the pair departed in quick succession. Both were bowled and both were possibly victims of slight over confidence.

This meant an opportunity for the much under-used middle order and they did not disappoint. Adam Slater quickly added eight runs, Zahid Mahmood a brisk 14 and later order henchman Sam Baxter fired a further 10 not out. Congs limped over the line in terms of utilising their overs, showing that whilst many eyebrows may have been raised during the Baxter / Allen partnership (in terms of the scoring rate), it had clearly proved to be an innings saving one. It was especially pleasing however to see everybody contribute to the final total.

Pudsey Congs 188-9 (J.Baxter 40 ; W.Marshall 34 ; J.Allen 29 ; M.Raffique 29)

After a fabulous tea, Keighley’s Tom Bradley and Ben Weatherall commenced their attempt to chase down 189. With Daani Ahmed and Jacques Allen opening the bowling, the pair looked assured from ball one and had progressed to 36-0 after 10 overs. Mustafa Raffique and initially Zahid Mahmood still failed to achieve a breakthrough and the Keighley score rose to a disturbing 59-0 off just 14 overs before the introduction of Will Marshall changed the flow. He bowled two maidens on the bounce, split by a Mahmood over that went only for a single. When Mahmood bowled his next over he had Bradley brilliantly caught by Raffique at short cover before going on to claim the prize scalp of Weatherall off the last ball, LBW.

Although Will Rankin and Callum Holmes added a further 21 for the next wicket, Holmes was bowled second ball for a duck by the combative Marshall . With the score on 98, Allen was reintroduced into the attack and he delivered the massive wicket of Rankin for a brilliant 32, with a well spun and flighted leg break. When Danny Taylor well caught Dan Scott with the score on 102, it appeared that the contest was dying out.

But credit to Keighley they just will not give up and although they lost Oliver Bellerby in the process, they did move the score on alarmingly to 145 before brilliant fielding from Arbaab Hussain was finished off by a superb flick onto the stumps by Marshall to run out Charlie Hall. Even then, Keighley refused to give in and despite requiring a nigh on impossible 40 from the last two overs, they did manage to score a creditable 21 of them to close on 170-9. This was a tremendous game of cricket, played in a great spirit and by talented kids that above all, actually understand the game. We certainly witnessed an awful lot of future Bradford League cricketers during the afternoon.

Congratulations go out to all of the Congs players that have served the club so proudly this season. To achieve the double is almost beyond belief and the young guys need to take stock and contemplate what they have achieved; the first side in Pudsey Congs’ illustrious history to do so.

As a footnote, can I just say a few personal words of thanks. To all of the parents that have supported me and transported the kids to the grounds (usually before I got there!!) I am immensely grateful. To Mick Hirst (my line manager!!) I am eternally grateful. Mick has put up with my whinging and moaning all season and still supported me all the way and for this I am thankful. My thanks also go to Neil Humpleby both for the assistance he has provided with training and the umpiring he has carried out (albeit without a white coat, how dare he). To John Malpass who provides such superb wickets for the kids to play on, thanks so much John, there is no wonder they bat so well when you provide them with roads like those. I should also say a huge thank you to Glen in Canada, for the speed and efficiency with which he gets these ridiculous reports online.

I would like to offer my heartfelt commiserations to Keighley, to David Hall and Mr Rankin (father of future star Will), their conduct was impeccable on Sunday and whilst our relationship did not get off to the best of starts, they were a pleasure to play against and Keighley should be acknowledged as a champion side in their own right for the magnificent season they’ve had.

Finally, as I said to my lads in the changing rooms afterwards, it is impossible to put into words how proud you all have made me this year. A group like you lot comes around once a flood and I feel immensely humbled and privileged to have been asked to be your manager, in fact, I’ve often felt like I’ve had 11 sons this year. I hope you can all forgive me for the many occasions I’ve lost my rag, shouted and bawled and of course not given some people as much of a go as they would have liked. I can only assure you I have tried my best but I’ve always put the team first and that is how it must be.

Keighley 170-9 (Z.Mahmood 2-27 ; J.Allen 2-43)

Pudsey Congs won by 18 runs


 Pudsey Congs v Saltaire

at Britannia Ground

Thursday July 28th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

After the victory at Keighley the previous week, Congs knew that they had to win this evening to secure the league title they had worked so desperately hard to achieve all season. Against a mid table side, on their own track and on a warm day surely nothing could go wrong from here, could it? Arbaab Hussain lost the toss but Saltaire decided to field in any event and he strode to the middle with Tom Colley. Tight bowling from Saltaire and a couple of missed chances meant that Pudsey did not get off their usual assured or quick start but Hussain made the most of his let offs to retire on 33, albeit his slowest of the campaign, coming from as many balls. Colley was the picture of solidity at the other end but was playing more of an anchor role this week, pushing the singles and rotating the strike.

When Hussain did retire, Joe Baxter arrived in the middle to make a deceptively quick and excellent 30 from only 21 balls. If you are an opposition bowler you would be well advised to keep the ball away from his pads as he is totally merciless on anything drifting down leg side and invariably he gets such deliveries away for four. With only five overs to go, Colley (having executed his role to perfection) was retired also, in order to make way for the hitting prowess of Mustafa Raffique and Will Marshall. Although Marshall smashed his first ball for four, he did depart caught behind off his third and Raffique was joined by Jacques Allen. The pair added an unbroken 48 in the four overs remaining (a phenomenal effort), Raffique scoring 28 not out from just 16 balls and Allen 15 not out from nine.

Pudsey Congs 156-1 (A.Hussain 33 ret ; J.Baxter 30 ret ; M.Raffique 28 not out)

But how stupid, to assume that Congs would get over the finishing line quite so easily, without there being a final twist in the tale. Almost as Saltaire bowled their final delivery, small droplets begun to appear from an ever darkening sky and a serious sense that this game might be called off enveloped the ground. The situation was not helped by an interminable half time delay that was never explained but by the time Saltaire arrived in the middle, the rain was falling quite steadily. Play did get underway however and Zahid Mahmood produced an absolute jaffa, second ball, that would have removed a great many adult cricketers and Saltaire were 0-1.

Still the rain increased in tempo and there were many on the ground who felt it was heartbreak time and that the title could be snatched from Congs’ grasp in the cruellest and most undeserving of ways. But it did relent sufficiently to allow play to continue and Mahmood bowled his best spell of the season (2-12) with Daani Ahmed picking up 0-3 at the other end. Jacques Allen and Mustafa Raffique continued, racing through the overs at breakneck speed, before Sam Baxter, Danny Taylor, Tom Colley and Arbaab Hussain completed the 20 overs and the match in steady and saturating rain.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Saltaire for agreeing to complete the game and recognising the importance of doing so. The relief was palpable and even at the end, Dom Allen miscounted the number of deliveries (probably as a result of the tension and conditions) and thought that Saltaire had decided to relinquish the final ball when in fact it had already been bowled. The state of his attire and white shirt in particular remained a source of amusement to the masses long into the night.

And so the season ended to the collective sound of huge sighs of relief that the best team in the competition had not been robbed of their rightful title by the weather. They had been playing catch up ever since that first game of the season when the match versus Manningham Mills was called off whilst the other teams played in the rain. With this issue in mind, it is high time that the league executive re-examine the way that abandoned matches are treated because all too often, the weather is playing as great a part in the destination of the title as the talent of the players.

But a word for this special collection of youngsters that don’t come around all that often. As referred to earlier, to come from behind and always be chasing other teams takes a special level of character. Right into this last game, their knowledge and understanding was incredible, appreciating without having to be told that they must get through their overs so quickly (and to bowl 20 overs in 45 minutes is just extraordinary). And it is this type of attribute which has set the 2011 Pudsey Congs side apart from, even the best of their opponents this season. It has also made them a joy to work with. The feeling as parents came across from the clubhouse to take photos of the winning side and watch Neil Humpleby douse the champions in champagne will live long into the memory.

But you can tell that each player knows they have unfinished business. They will return to this ground on Sunday 14 August to slug it out with Keighley once again, the team that have pushed them so hard already this season.

Saltaire 73-7 (J.Allen 2-8 ; Z.Mahmood 2-12)

Pudsey Congs won by 83 runs


Keighley v Pudsey Congs

at Lawkholme Lane

Thursday July 21st, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

After a week’s worth of worry and stress over the weather, a relatively decent night greeted the players on their arrival at Keighley for a game that was certain to have a bearing on this year’s title. A defeat to Keighley would have meant Congs could not catch them but win and the title dreams would remain alive. Mustafa Raffique won the toss and elected to bat on a green and wet pitch that had taken a lot of water over the previous week. Tom Colley retained his opening berth with Arbaab Hussain and the pair batted with great caution, wary of so many deliveries seeming to stick in the damp wicket. They still managed an opening stand of 35 before a loose cover drive from Hussain was well caught by Rogers and he departed for 22.

Mustafa Raffique then entered the arena, ahead of the planned No 3, Joe Baxter, because of the solidity of the previous pair. He found the conditions no easier and whilst both he and Colley put together a big partnership, the pair were fighting against natural tendencies all of the time. Despite this, some of the stroke play was phenomenal, both players looking strong off their legs. They managed to reach their big 30s before retiring and left Will Marshall and Zahid Mahmood to attempt the big shots. As a measure of how difficult things were, Marshall managed only 12 from 14 balls before being needlessly run out and allowing Joe Baxter to finally make his appearance in the middle. The score at the end was possibly a little over par but nowhere near enough to make Congs breathe any easier and they were indebted to five penalty runs, awarded when an incoming throw bounced off a carelessly placed helmet.

Pudsey Congs 121-2 (M.Raffique 31 ret ; T.Colley 30 ret ; A.Hussain 22)

Dom Allen’s jangling nerves were slightly eased at the end of the second over of the reply when Jacques Allen again removed Eddie Jackson with a spinning delivery but when Callum Holmes started to find the boundary with his favourite leg side shot, Keighley appeared up with the rate. A telling spell of 0-9 from Daani Ahmed off his three overs seemed to suggest the game was heading in Congs favour however and when Tom Colley followed up his batting with 2-10, including the brilliant dismissal of class act Ben Weatherall, Congs were well ahead at the half way point.

But credit to Keighley, they have not won so many matches this season by any kind of fluke and they do not give an inch. Will Rankin again tormented the Congs fielders and after some ill-disciplined bowling, Keighley were right back in the match needing 40 from the final five overs. Will Marshall stepped up to bowl at this point having, minutes earlier, almost lost several fingers trying to stop a bullet of a shot from Rankin. Marshall ’s bravery was something for all of the spectators to behold though and he turned in figures of 3-9, finally closing Keighley out of the game. No praise is too high for this kid and he has been a brilliant acquisition this season. Danny Taylor served up the last rites and yet again he closed out the match very very effectively, with a great understanding of the game.

So another nervy win for the young chargers that keeps the title race wide open. Some of the bowling and fielding was below the usual high standards we have come to expect but once again, when push came to shove, the youngsters found a way to win. The equation is now very simple, in that, if they manage to beat Saltaire at the Britannia Ground on Thursday, they will be crowned league champions.

Keighley 105-9 (W.Marshal 3-9 ; T.Colley 2-10)

Pudsey Congs won by 16 runs


Pudsey Congs v Bradford & Bingley

at The Britannia Ground

Thursday July 14th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

There was to be no rest after the elation of reaching the Cup Final as three nights later, Congs faced a Bradford & Bingley side that had beaten them in May at Wagon Lane , albeit with a weakened team that night. A victory this evening would earn the side the right to play for the Demaine title against Keighley the following week. On a warm but increasingly cloudy evening, Tom Colley won the toss and decided to bat and having done so, opened along with Arbaab Hussain. And it was difficult to imagine a more perfect opening partnership, as both defended resolutely whilst maintaining a severe stance on anything wide of the stumps. Colley was particularly harsh on anything drifting toward his pads and played several text book leg glances. Hussain’s power is something to witness at his age group and one straight shot seemed to go miles over the boundary and ended in a lost ball, not the first time he has done this. Both batsmen retired, Colley soon after Hussain and it was a shame to see them depart, the spectators getting used to their strokeplay.

Next into bat were Joe Baxter and Mustafa Raffique and they were in no mood to let the great start slip. Raffique was unlucky throughout the majority of his innings, seeming to not only attract the better deliveries but finding the fielders almost every time. His patience and refusal to play a rash shot was therefore all the more commendable. Baxter at the other end was just starting to get going when he mishit a delivery straight to cover for the first wicket. Will Marshall arrived on the scene and continued to keep the scoreboard moving at a healthy pace, hitting four 4s in a total of 17.

Raffique’s patience had clearly paid off and he let loose toward the end of the innings before retiring off 30 balls. There was still time for one late highlight however, a huge six from Danny Taylor (sadly worth only four under the rules) and it would have cleared the ropes on most adult grounds. The final total was big but maybe slightly smaller than had looked on the cards for the majority of the innings.

Pudsey Congs 158-5 (A.Hussain 32 ret ; T.Colley 30 ret ; M.Raffique 30 ret)

Bradford & Bingley got off to a flier in their innings as Martin Walker and Jack Dixon both played shots all around the wicket. Dixon has a highly unusual technique but his timing and eye for the ball are excellent and when partnered with some loose bowling, he looks a very dangerous customer. Sam Baxter achieved a big breakthrough for the home team with the score on 45 when he bowled Dixon , giving Congs some breathing space. Still runs continued to flow but when Jacques Allen induced Walker down the pitch, Joe Baxter whipped off the bails as quick as a flash and the floodgates began to open.

Again the spinners possibly just had the edge on the night as Allen and Tom Colley bowled six overs between them and collectively hauled in 4-21. This being said, Mustafa Raffique’s spell was aggressive and tidy and Will Marshall’s two overs were tighter than a submarine door. Danny Taylor and Ross Kettlewell concluded proceedings for the night and wrapped up a comfortable victory. It must be said that whist B & B ended up on the losing team, their behaviour and the spirit in which they played the game was exemplary. All of their lads are so polite and gracious and they are a credit to the league and their club.

So the victory does indeed earn Congs the right to challenge Keighley for the title next Thursday before the two sides meet again in the Cup Final. Both matches will be gigantic tasks but Congs can take a lot of confidence into the game next week after their recent performances.

Bradford & Bingley 103-7 (J.Allen 2-9 ; T.Colley 2-12)

Pudsey Congs won by 55 runs


THE DAVID BAIRSTOW CUP SEMI FINAL

Woodlands v Pudsey Congs

at Albert Terrace

Monday July 11th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

A semi final and further huge match arrived for the Congs as they travelled to Woodlands and a chance to pit their talents against one of the tops teams from another section. A sunny evening greeted the team as they arrived at the ground but a rather green and less than flat looking wicket served up a warning that the night would not be an easy one. On the very edge of the square, it was also unusually close to the boundary at one side.

Jacques Allen lost the toss and Woodlands elected to field first. The opening bowlers were tight and made a breakthrough most teams have failed to achieve by removing the ordinarily impregnable Joe Baxter for a duck. Jacques Allen was therefore sent in on a like for like basis but having played an adorable leg glance, he succumbed to the first of many dirty tricks the pitch would play on the night, though he may have escaped had he got forward as instructed.

Enter Mustafa Raffique to partner Arbaab Hussain and the two began a rebuilding process knowing that big runs would be vital against any side containing Ben Twohig, a Yorkshire Under 14s player. And both batted with calmness and authority, with Hussain simply lifting the ball at one point over the longest boundary. He perished one short of yet another retirement but his job was done, again, exceptionally well. Will Marshall joined Raffique and the pair put on a further 28 runs before Marshall departed to the worst ball of the night.

Meanwhile, Raffique was playing probably his finest innings of the season thus far. Against an extremely disciplined bowling attack and a difficult pitch, he managed to make 32 and every one of them was valued by the side because they knew they were in a real scrap. Adam Slater, Danny Taylor and Sam Baxter applied the finishing touches to a score that was competitive but no more than that.

Pudsey Congs 111-6 (M.Raffique 32 ret ; A.Hussain 29)

The intimidating opening pair of Twohig and former Cong, Danish Hussain got off to a solid if not spectacular start but when a ball from Jacques Allen kept so low it almost rolled, Hussain could only chop the ball onto his stumps. But the first ball of the fifth over produced total elation from the Congs fielders as Daani Ahmed slipped an absolute peach through Twohig and bowled him with the score on 18. This was the second time in as many days that Ahmed had bowled him and it was clear immediately that he had achieve a huge breakthrough.

But Woodlands were never going to lie down and Mo Wadee and Joe Woodhouse put together a brilliant 57 run partnership. Where as Woodhouse was sketchy at times, Wadee looked like a class act and it appeared that Woodlands might be romping to victory as some fairly untypical loose bowling got the treatment. But when both were forced to retire for their respective 30s, it became clear that the melting pot was still bubbling because Woodlands did not appear to have a batsman left that could get the ball off the square.

Will Marshall turned in a devastating spell and Raffique’s last over had the batsmen almost quivering. When Danny Taylor and Tom Colley bowled the final two overs, the equation had become almost impossible for Woodlands and both bowled the ball with great accuracy, conceding only six runs between them. The game drifted away from Woodlands at the end but it had been a real nail biter in which an awful lot of Congs supporters probably thought the game was up.

But you should never write off this young side; they have bags of character to back up the talent and they simply refused to be denied their second final in as many years. A heartfelt congratulations goes to all of the young men who have worked very hard and thoroughly earned their showpiece day in August. They can now concentrate on their challenge for the league title, starting with Bradford & Bingley this Thursday.

Woodlands 96-6 (W. Marshall 2-7)

Pudsey Congs won by 15 runs


Baildon v Pudsey Congs

at Jenny Lane

Thursday July 7th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

Once again, the greatest concern in the build up and during this game was the weather as any abandoned matches could spell curtains for the title challenge. Despite storms seeming to be just about everywhere in Yorkshire , miraculously, Baildon appeared dry at the toss which was won by the self proclaimed luckiest captain, Danny Taylor. He elected to bat first and Congs reverted to their usual opening pair of Arbaab Hussain and Joe Baxter. Apart from a couple of poor calls in the running and one lofted stroke, it is difficult to imagine a more perfect opening to a game for Congs. After only seven overs they were standing at 59-0 and with the further hitting power stood champing at their bits on the sidelines, a huge score seemed inevitable.

Hussain retired on 30 after just 21 balls but Baxter was not far behind him, taking only 27 balls to reach 31. The timing of both batsmen was exquisite and a pleasure to witness, their confidence palpably growing with every match. After 10 overs Congs had reached 82-0 with Zahid Mahmood and Mustafa Raffique taking up the slack and whilst Mahmood was unlucky to be the only man out on the night (although brilliantly caught by Danny Hunt), Raffique and later Will Marshall continued the run spree that had been commenced by the openers. Some of the shots they played were pure textbook, others an exercise in brutality. The bowling was not poor at all by Baildon but such is the confidence of the Pudsey juniors, the ball was disappearing to all parts of Jenny Lane . Jacques Allen and Danny Taylor applied the finishing touches and the final total was unbelievably harsh on the Baildon side yet for Congs it represented the highest score of the year against any of the established teams.

Pudsey Congs 171-1 (M.Raffique 33 ret ; W.Marshall 33 ret ; J.Baxter 31 ret ; A.Hussain 30 ret)

During the whole of the above innings however, Dom Allen had spent the majority of it pontificating over a menacing dark cloud that was approaching the ground and one that didn’t seem to have any break at the other side. He had debated declaring and wished the cloud had appeared nearer the toss because he would have instructed Taylor to insert the opposition. Right on half time it hovered overhead and began emptying its contents all over the ground. Fortunately, Baildon’s Junior Secretary Don Butterfield, had already agreed that he was more than happy for a cover to be placed on the wicket in the event and the Congs juniors hauled this to the middle as the rain became too heavy, just two balls into the Baildon reply.

A break of approximately 20 minutes ensued but when the rain relented it was clear that it would stay dry long enough to conclude the match. Zahid Mahmood bowled tidily, as did Arbaab Hussain but yet again the main star was Danyaal Ahmed bowling his left arm, virtually unhittable deliveries and all of this in the face of aggressive batting from Elliott Turner. Mustafa Raffique took two wickets and Ross Kettlewell bowled economically but the team was just concerned with trying to get every over bowled as quickly as possible, off the shortest possible run up.

When ‘over and time’ was called, a huge sense of relief descended on the team manager but also on the players because they had managed to beat the elements as much as the opposition. It should also be pointed out that Baildon’s position in the league is frankly baffling. They are not just a talented set of individuals, they also play the game in the correct spirit and it is almost unbelievable that they have only been able to chalk up two wins this season because they are far far better than that record would suggest. For Congs, their title challenge continues to gather momentum and the games get harder each week with the visit of Bradford & Bingley next Thursday.

Before that however, we face Woodlands in the semi final of the cup at Albert Terrace on Monday evening. Nobody should be in any doubt, this will be the hardest game of the year thus far and the youngsters will need to be at their best if they wish to progress.

Baildon 96-4 (M.Raffique 2-19 ; D.Ahmed 1-6)

Pudsey Congs won by 75 runs


Pudsey Congs v Eldwick & Gilstead

at The Britannia Ground

Thursday June 30th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

The arrival of Eldwick & Gilstead meant a chance to rotate the squad and an opportunity to play some of the youngsters that have not had a game recently and these fellers picked up the baton where the others had left off. Captain Sam Baxter won the toss and elected to bat on a pleasant evening but play did not get underway until 6.58pm , owing to the away team having initially visited Tofts Road . Arbaab Hussain opened with his third partner of the season, Adam Slater and both batted with a calm determination to wait for the ball in the light of some frankly, poor bowling. Both made their thirties in relatively quick time with barely any fuss, the highlights being a huge blow from Hussain resulting in a lost ball and an extra cover drive from Slater that was bordering on perfect.

Next in to bat were good friends Danny Taylor and Sam Baxter, both of which, not only carried on the good work of the openers, they raised the stakes considerably. Taylor made 32 and retired from only 15 balls which represented a tremendous knock from a lad that does not get many opportunities due to the overall strength of the side. Sam Baxter hit 28 not out from the same number of balls and looked every bit as good. He had been joined by Avinash Mehta, batting for the first time this season although it did not show and he was particularly harsh on some ropey leg side deliveries he received and made 24 before he was sadly run out. This was not only disappointing in its nature but it also prevented the side going on to what would have been a great milestone, playing out a whole innings without losing a wicket. But to make a score of this size, with a different looking team and utilising different batsmen, it is not only highly commendable, it demonstrates a wonderful level of strength in depth.

Pudsey Congs 179-1 (A.Slater 33 ret ; D.Taylor 32 ret A.Hussain 30 ret ; S.Baxter 28 no ; A.Mehta 24)

Mustafa Raffique and Daani Ahmed opened the bowling, Raffique surprisingly wayward and Ahmed unsurprisingly not. At the end of their spells Eldwick & Gilstead were 14-4 and Ahmed deserves special praise for his unerring accuracy once again. Matthew Stalley also bagged a brace during his two overs, the second of which was a great catch by Danny Taylor. The game was ended after only 10.5 overs of the Eldwick & Gilstead innings when they were bowled out for 27.

Whether this exercise is doing anybody any good is open to huge question as Eldwick look to be, not one but two levels below the benchmark to be competitive at this standard. It is to be hoped that a bigger picture and long term plan is in place and if this is the case and the club go on to develop cricketers of a much higher standard, then these dark days might have been worth the ordeal but currently, it all feels like a bit of a wasted evening. Credit does however go to their team who never give up, no matter what and to the Pudsey Congs players who on the whole remained extremely respectful of their opposition and continued to play the game hard until its conclusion which is all that can be asked of them.

As a footnote, it should be added that this is a wonderful group of kids to be involved with and they do not need to be told that during the next few weeks, some serious questions will be asked of them but all of the coaches have every confidence they will be able to answer those questions in a positive manner. Baildon next week will provide a stern test on their own patch, followed by the cup semi final the following week.

Eldwick & Gilstead 27 all out (D.Ahmed 2-0 ; M.Stalley 2-2 ; Z.Mahmood 2-2)

Pudsey Congs won by 152 runs


Manningham Mills v Pudsey Congs

at Scotchman Road

Thursday June 23rd, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

The great concern during the day with persistent rain all over Yorkshire was that Manningham Mills might escape the wrath of the young Congs completely after the abandonment in early May. But despite the saturated wicket, play got underway on time at Scotchman Road and Mills asked Adam Slater’s side to make first use of a tricky looking surface. The established opening pair of Arbaab Hussain and Joe Baxter got off to their usual flyer and within 5 overs Congs were sitting pretty at 41-0. Inexplicably, they lost their first wicket with the score on 53 as a leading edge from Hussain was safely pocketed by Iqbal and for the first time in weeks, Arbaab failed to reach his 30, making a paltry 20!!

But there was no great panic in the ranks when he was replaced by Mustafa Raffique and with Baxter the pair managed to take the game towards a position of safety, almost before it had begun. Both retired and both had played some delightful strokes, intermingled with sensible running, solid defence and above all, respect for the difficult conditions. Adam Slater ventured up the order but just like Tom Colley and Jacques Allen, found the conditions extremely difficult and with the ball not coming on, a flurry of wickets ensued, Colley being the most unlucky to be run out after a mix up.

But sumptuous late order hitting from Will Marshall got Congs back to a position of total domination and he really has become a rock of the middle order. Despite the final total not being worth quite as many as it possibly sounded due to the small boundaries, it was still a formidable target.

Pudsey Congs 151-5 (M.Raffique 33 ret ; W.Marshall 33 ret ; J.Baxter 32 ret)

Although Congs knew they probably had a winning score, barring catastrophes, they would not have dared expect what came next, especially after the first three overs of the Mills reply. Jacques Allen’s first over was a fairly forgettable affair and so was the fielding off his second when he had the dangerous Kyme Khan dropped no less than three times. But he made amends in his final over, taking three wickets (including an assured catch by Adam Slater) and putting himself on a hat trick. Mustafa Raffique bowled a faultless opening spell at the other end and his LBW, plus a great direct hit run out from Joe Baxter meant that Mills were 14-5 after just six overs.

There followed a combination of shambolic running between the wickets, mixed with simply brilliant fielding from Congs as the game quickly degenerated into farce. Tom Colley did find time to remove Khan with a well spun leg break but after poor Sam Baxter’s spell lasted only one ball due to the fifth run out of the innings, the game was at an end.

Readers should not be fooled into believing that Congs had played the equivalent of the blind school here. Yes, Manningham did not help themselves and did not display the same determination and reading of the conditions as their Pudsey counterparts but a quick look at the results on the BJCL website will not only confirm that Mills have a number of prominent scalps under their belts this season, their previous lowest score was in excess of 50 more than tonight’s showing. Congs were totally untouchable in this fixture and once again demonstrated their willingness to adapt to differing conditions and match situations.

Manningham Mills 35 all out (J.Allen 3-9 ; M.Raffique 1-4 ; T.Colley 1-7)

Pudsey Congs won by 116 runs


THE DAVID BAIRSTOW CUP QUARTER FINAL

Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

at Intake Road

Monday June 13th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

An intriguing tie for the quarter finals saw the young Congs visiting an unbeaten Undercliffe team. A blustery and cool evening awaited the players at this picturesque ground, although initial views of the pitch suggested it in no way matched the surroundings. In fact, it was difficult to discern why a match of this magnitude had been afforded such an unpleasant looking strip that was very much the black sheep in its relationship with the rest of the square.

Two Dannys (Taylor & Hussain) tossed up in the middle and Undercliffe having won, opted to bowl first. From ball one, Congs knew this was going to be no cakewalk as the new ball reared up alarmingly from a decent length and relatively innocuous bowler. After a couple of beautifully timed strokes from Arbaab Hussain, Joe Baxter received another lifting delivery that he could do little with, other than guide upwards and toward the safe hands of the opposition captain at mid on. Although Hussain managed to keep the scoreboard moving at the other end, Tom Colley and Jacques Allen both succumbed to tight bowling and wonderful catching to leave Congs struggling at 38-3. Still Hussain continued to plunder runs including a beautiful pick up off his legs for what would have been a huge six and he was really, the only batsman all night that looked in very little discomfort.

But when Hussain retired and Will Marshall departed unusually cheaply, Congs found themselves in trouble and effectively 55-5. But Mustafa Rafique and Zahid Mahmood batted with great intelligence, demonstrating an excellent knowledge of the game and the match position to shore up the defences and added 42 in seven overs, ensuring Congs would achieve a defendable total. It was a night for hard graft rather than big hitting and the pitch was making the youngsters work for every single run.

Sadly Mahmood was out just before a well-earned retirement but some superb running in the last over from Rafique and Adam Slater took the Congs to a position of strength. Then with one ball to go, Slater managed to face his first delivery but with total calmness, swatted it away for the biggest boundary hit of the night.

Pudsey Congs 110-5 (A.Hussain 33 ret ; M.Rafique 26 no ; Z.Mahmood 26)

The pitch probably meant the score was worth 30 more but Undercliffe were clearly very handy with the bat and when Jacques Allen’s first delivery of the innings was laced over mid wicket for four by danger man Adam Ahmed, things did not look plain sailing for Congs. But strangely, with the confidence of a lad with a superb eye for the ball, Ahmed did not seem to take heed of the pitch or that the ball might do something and swung wildly at everything. When the fifth ball of the over turned on him he blasted it, what seemed like a mile into the air. With no conviction at all, two other fielders shouted their names without getting near the ball but Zahid Mahmood calmly shouted, “NO MINE!”, ran in from cover and caught an immensely difficult catch like he was shelling peas. Many adults would have dropped this ball and the lad deserves huge credit for taking it so easily, right into the middle of his hands.

Mustafa Rafique dropped a difficult chance in the next over off his own bowling but he was back minutes later to cling onto a far harder chance, running backwards, catching the ball one-handed behind him before falling and backward somersaulting! With both openers gone, batsmen 3, 4 & 5 became dreadfully bogged down as they first saw out the openers Allen and Rafique and then Tom Colley bowled a wonder spell of 1-5 from his three overs, including another great catch by Adam Slater on the boundary.

And although Daani Ahmed and Zahid Mahmood were surprisingly off kilter, the job was just about done. Will Marshall , Danny Taylor and Sam Baxter hammered the final nails into the coffin as Undercliffe closed on 70-6. This was a thoroughly professional performance from the Congs because they had shown an ability to adapt their game when the conditions did not suit their natural style of play and the wicket did not allow free scoring. They also served notice that whilst many teams in the league concentrate on one discipline, this lot are excellent at all three. Despite this, the semi final will be a desperately difficult affair, whether it’s Bradford & Bingley or Woodlands but it’s a great challenge to play against the very best sides.

Undercliffe 70-6 (Z.Mahmood 2-14 ; M.Rafique 1-5 ; T.Colley 1-5)

Pudsey Congs won by 40 runs


Saltaire v Pudsey Congs

at Roberts Park

Thursday June 9th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

The young Congs visited the historic village of Saltaire for their final fixture in the first half of the season and it is unbelievable that we have already reached the half way point in the season. Will Marshalllost the toss but Saltaire elected to field first on a sunny but cool evening on the picturesque ground right next to the River Aire. Opening batsmen Arbaab Hussain and Joe Baxter got Congs off to the perfect start as they do so often and after four overs they were 30-0. And with the score on 50, Hussain had already made his maximum of 31 from just 22 balls. His straight and cover drives were particularly pleasing on the eye.

After a brisk start, Mustafa Rafique and Baxter started to get slightly bogged down as the ball softened and a hopelessly docile pitch made batting exceptionally difficult. Indeed the pitch certainly spoilt the match as a spectacle and it is unlikely that upcoming cricketers will learn a great deal without an awful lot more pace and bounce. So Congs lost their way a little in the middle overs and at one point looked like making no more than 120. But Baxter and Rafique both made their 30s and returning Zahid Mahmood made a quickfire 19 not out at the end of the innings to bolster the final total.

Pudsey Congs 153-1 (A.Hussain 31 ret ; J.Baxter 31 ret ; M.Rafique 30 ret)

Chasing nearly eight an over was always going to prove a difficult task for Saltaire and both opening bowlers, Rafique and Tom Colley allowed them to score at only half of that rate. However, it was not until the sixth over that the first wicket fell when the metronomic Daani Ahmed bowled Mehmood for 6. The majority of the remainder of the Saltaire innings was almost an exercise in purgatory but there were some important highlights worthy of mention.

Danny Taylor snaffled an excellent catch out on the boundary off Jacques Allen to dismiss the dangerous Gopal and this was followed by a magnificent piece of fielding from Mustafa Rafique when he dived full length to prevent a boundary, looked up, steadied himself and in doing so, decided to throw at the bowler’s end where a grateful Mahmood took off the bails and ran out Robinson. It was one of the best pieces of fielding you could ever hope to see at this level of the game.

Apart from the keeper, everybody else within the side managed to bowl and kept themselves warm on a night which had become quite bitterly cold. Saltaire had put up a spirited fight but could be no match for this talented side. Having said that, Dom Allen asked his team how well they thought they’d done at the end and the consensus was between 6 and 7 out of 10. This is a great sign for the team that they can win games comfortably whilst not playing at their best. However, on Monday night, they absolutely will need to be at their best against an unbeaten Undercliffe side.

Saltaire 109-6 (A.Hussain 1-5 ; J.Allen 1-9 ; D.Ahmed 1-10)

Pudsey Congs won by 44 runs


Pudsey Congs v Keighley

at The Britannia Ground

Thursday June 2nd, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

The games this year appear to have got progressively more difficult as each week has gone by. The toughest challenge thus far faced was surely going to be this evening against a Keighley side that have won every game they’ve played. Captain Scott Davies did not win the toss but his side were put into bat on a blisteringly warm evening and very welcome change from previous weeks. Arbaab Hussain and Joe Baxter opened the batting and both got Congs off to a magnificent start. Combining technically correct solidity with some wonderful strokeplay, both batsmen retired on 31 respectively. Both innings were different in character but very team-focused, Hussain scoring freely, facing just 21 balls, Baxter providing the perfect platform for the rest of the team and once again, despatching every poor ball.

By his own standards, Mustafa Rafique was slightly subdued but he still scored 21 at a run a ball which kept the scoreboard ticking along healthily. He became the first wicket to fall at 93 and after a slight wobble Congs found themselves 108-3. But a partnership of 25 between Will Marshall and Daani Ahmed reinvigorated the innings and Marshall stayed all the way till the end to compile a further 27 runs. Against a team of this calibre and some fairly hostile fast bowling, Congs had every right to feel pleased with themselves at the half way point.

Sadly, we must issue an apology at this point to the Keighley team because some of the senior cricketers had been allowed to practice on the edge of the square and this unfortunately led to several balls finding their way onto the field, some at a fairly dangerous velocity. This was not popular with the Keighley team and quite understandably so and we can only apologise on behalf of the club and assure them it will not happen again.

Pudsey Congs 144-5 (A.Hussain 31 ret ; J.Baxter 31 ret ; W.Marshall 27 no)

Daani Ahmed got Keighley immediately behind the required rate when they could only muster three from his first over but after Jacques Allen had bowled three balls he had conceded seven runs. Leg spinners should never be afraid to flight the ball however and after bowling out the in form Tom Bradely, he put himself on a hat-trick when he bowled Eddie Jackson around his legs, made even better because the batsman thought the ball was drifting aimlessly down leg side for a wide.

After some fierce hitting from Will Rankin which caused the withdrawal from the attack of Allen due to a bruised knee, Ben Weatherall was brilliantly caught by Matthew Stalley at square leg for 12 and Congs were into the Keighley middle order with the score on 30. Arbaab Hussain bowled another supremely tight spell of three overs for just seven runs including the wicket of Callum Holmes and Keighley were in desperate trouble at 44-4, soon to be 49-5 when Sam Baxter bowled Ben Stowell for one.

Will Marshall and Mustafa Rafique were far too good for the remainder of the Keighley innings, although Will Rankin did retire during this period for a well compiled 33. His departure trumpeted the last of the resistance for the Keighley side and Ross Kettlewell cleaned up the tail with an amazing late spell of 3-1 from just eight balls.

Keighley had indeed provided a stern test of the young Congs and had clearly arrived at the Britannia fully expecting to continue their winning run. It is for this reason that the young chargers should be so proud of themselves. To beat a top team is impressive but to demolish them is quite something else. There is always room for improvement however, both on and off the field. It is still disappointing to see so many batsmen ‘disappear’ during the game and not be present to clap in both their teammates and opposition at half time. It should also be noted that during home matches, the boundary markers need collecting and various jobs need doing before their duties for the evening are fully exercised.

Keighley 79-9 (R.Kettlewell 3-1 ; J.Allen 2-17)

Pudsey Congs won by 65 runs


Bradford & Bingley v Pudsey Congs

at Wagon Lane

Thursday May 26th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

A number of prominent omissions from the regular team meant an opportunity for some of the younger blood of the Under 11 team to pit their wits against a decent side in testing conditions. We are indebted to Adam Slater, Harry Jackson, Josh Chapman and Harry Allman and welcomed Avinash Mehta for his first game.

Rain delayed the start of the game and play did not get underway until 6.50pm on a wet pitch. Captain Ross Kettlewell won the toss and elected to bat despite the conditions and in doing so condemned B & B to field with a wet ball. The two opening batsmen began briskly and Arbaab Hussain hit the very first ball of the match for four, beautifully through the covers. Jacques Allen at the other end was slightly more circumspect and bided his time, waiting for lesser deliveries to feed off. When Hussain was bowled for 13, having looked for all the world like he would plunder 30 in no time, Allen continued his determined accumulation, bringing out his favourite leg glance to great effect whenever the bowlers strayed onto his pads and was forced to retire on 30 whilst in full flow.

And he had earlier been joined at the crease by Under 13s debutant Adam Slater, who took to the rise in standard like a duck to water. After a couple of nervy and aerial drives down the ground that landed in no man’s land, the pocket battleship never looked the slightest bit daunted and compiled an innings that lads five years his senior would have been proud of. Demonstrating an elegant straight bat and compact defence he retired on 30, almost unbelievable considering his age and that this was his first game. We will surely be seeing an awful lot more of Slater in the weeks and years to come.

Daani Ahmed also stepped up to the plate in this game, batting at four and showing everyone that his cricketing ability is not confined to bowling. Due to the overwhelming batting strength of the team, Daani barely gets a look in ordinarily but he grabbed this opportunity by the scruff of the neck. He hit too sweetly timed fours before being unlucky to depart the scene for 19. The manager could not have asked any more of his top four batsmen and a final total of 125-3 was more than he could ever have dreamed of.

Pudsey Congs 125-3 (J.Allen 30 ret ; A.Slater 30 ret ; D.Ahmed 19)

This was always going to be a tough assignment however, even taking into account the high score because the boundaries were small and Congs had a maximum of 12 overs that could be bowled by Under 13 bowlers. Jibreal Malik opened for B & B and frankly looks a class act, timing the ball on a number of occasions back over the bowlers head with a dead straight bat. It was a welcome sight for Congs to see him depart for his 30 although he might have been run out for less than half of that but the usually accurate Allen missed the stumps.

Against batsmen of this stature, the bowling needs to be perfect but was not quite up to that standard to begin with. However, Arbaab Hussain and Daani Ahmed dragged Congs right back into the game with more economical spells, Ahmed finishing as the only bowler all evening to avoid conceding a single boundary!

As stated earlier however, this was always going to be a tough ask of the Under 11s and so it proved as Josh Chapman, Harry Jackson and Harry Allman all manfully toiled against the odds and batsmen two or three years older than them. This was really an error on the part of the manager, gambling that their work might be a little easier by the end of the game but this sadly did not work out and B & B got home with one over to spare.

Dom Allen told his chargers that they had absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and that he was elated with the fight and spirit on show and that we had witnessed several Congs stars of the future playing in this game. Our gratitude to the players that stood in for this game should be reiterated and credit also to B & B for completing the game in failing light, demonstrating magnificent eyesight!

Bradford & Bingley 126-1 (D.Ahmed 0-9)

Bradford & Bingley won by 9 wickets


THE DAVID BAIRSTOW CUP 2ND ROUND

Pudsey Congs v Lightcliffe

at The Britannia Ground

Monday May 23rd, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

As the cup matches commence, the games come thick and fast for the youngsters but fortunately, they would play every night of the week if they could so they are never daunted. After a bye in the first round, Congs had the surprising task of facing Lightcliffe. Surprising because they despatched the same Spen Victoria side in the first round that had beaten Pudsey in the Under 11s Cup Final two years ago. For this reason, Dom Allen informed his team that they were going to face their toughest challenge yet and they must be on their mettle. This game also offered a tantalising rematch of the famous ‘Liam Leonard tied game’ from 2009.

Captain Arbaab Hussain won the toss and elected to bat, opening the innings himself with Jacques Allen. The pair played some nice strokes in a partnership of 22 before Hussain played on for 13 and disappointingly, Allen ran himself out for 10. After looking like he would make his third retirement in three games, Mustafa Rafique received a horrific long hop that was so bad, he missed it and was bowled for 11. At 39-3 Congs appeared in trouble when Joe Baxter joined Will Marshall. The pair put together a careful and very much needed partnership of 44 and both looked in decent nick. When Baxter was bowled for 23, Marshall continued undeterred to his retirement on 33 which he had amassed off just 22 balls. He has been a great addition to the team.

Having looked like they would struggle to reach 100, Sam Baxter and Daani Ahmed did brilliantly to hit 13 from a wayward final over and it appeared they had gained a valuable tad of momentum for Congs right before the break. Still Allen urged caution from his team at half way because Lightcliffe’s fielding had been hugely professional and it appeared they were a very accomplished side that would not lie down.

Pudsey Congs 107-6 (W.Marshall 33 ret ; J.Baxter 23)

But he need not have worried because this team has skill and temperament and this was demonstrated in Daani Ahmed’s first over. Quite how he did not take a wicket is beyond comprehension; he missed the stumps four times out of six by a coat of varnish and could quite easily have put the game to bed by removing both openers. But you cannot keep the lad down and in his next over he removed Regan Broadbent LBW and it looked perilously plum. Ahmed’s bowling, as it has been in every game so far, is something to behold and he is destined for a big career in the game.

The over of the match however belonged to Jacques Allen who sent down the seventh of the Lightcliffe innings. He caught and bowled the opposition skipper Jack Booth second ball which brought George Ayrton to the crease, tormentor of Congs from two years ago. He bowled three dot balls at him including two quicker balls before floating up a leg spinning slower ball that castled his man. Congs were elated and probably felt they had a foot in the next round. Allen then bowled Reece Thomas in his next over before Arbaab Hussain took over the wicket taking duties at the other end. Hussain blew away the early tail with a combination of spin and quicker balls. During this time, Jordan Pickles did retire for a very impressive 30 but his departure saw Lightcliffe teetering on the edge.

Mustafa Rafique was left to serve up the last rites and had Jake Broadbent brilliantly caught by Will Marshall at backward square leg. He then finished the game by clean bowling Jack Green. In the end a comprehensive win against a dangerous Lightcliffe team that were clearly disappointed to lose and had turned up fully expecting to add Congs to the scalp of Spen. The batting had been a little below par from Congs but they certainly rose to the occasion with the ball and in the field.

Lightcliffe 70-9 (A.Hussain 3-2 ; J.Allen 3-4)

Pudsey Congs won by 37 runs


Pudsey Congs v Baildon

at The Britannia Ground

Thursday May 19th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

A sterner test was both promised and delivered by Baildon who won the toss at the Brit and decided to field first, to the delight of captain Daani Ahmed who was going to bat in any case. Arbaab Hussain opened with Joe Baxter and the pair looked extremely solid, timing the ball almost to perfection. Hussain set off like a runaway train and despatched every single poor delivery he faced as he raced to 32 off 23 balls. Baxter was then joined by Mustafa Rafique who immediately demonstrated he is a real force to be reckoned with. He crashed 30 off just 15 balls and toward the end of his brief innings, was hitting the boundary at will.

The batting seemed to get a little bogged down however after the departure of Rafique and when Joe Baxter became the first wicket to fall for a well-compiled 23, the middle order collapsed somewhat. Without Will Marshall’s brisk 13 and Tom Colley’s excellent rearguard, Baildon would have fancied getting somewhere near the target.

Pudsey Congs 127-8 (A.Hussain 32 ; M.Rafique 30)

With a competitive total on the board, Daani Ahmed achieved an immediate breakthrough in the first over, bowling the opposition skipper and surely dangerous player for a duck. He was back for another in his next over and Baildon were in turmoil at 10-2 but they were stabilised by Danny Hunt who looked an excellent prospect, putting together successive partnerships of 31 and 23.

But when he retired for an impressive 32, the remainder of the Baildon batting line up struggled. During this time, Tom Colley picked up a triple wicket maiden and killed off the match as a contest. Although the final total was 79, we did have the unusual spectacle of an extra over, bowled at the scorers’ miscalculated insistence.

All in all, a comfortable win but the youngsters will do well to learn from the mid order collapse that could be extremely dangerous against stronger opposition. Speaking of which, Lightcliffe will provide a huge test of this young side on Monday evening in the cup, also on The Brit.

Baildon 79-7 (T.Colley 3-8 ; D.Ahmed 2-13)

Pudsey Congs won by 48 runs


Eldwick & Gilstead v Pudsey Congs

at Dick Hudson’s

Thursday May 12th, 2011

Match report by Dom Allen

A bitterly cold and potentially stormy evening greeted the players and spectators after their marathon trip to this ground which in some cases took well over an hour. Sadly the cricket on display cannot be described as anything other than a semi-useful net session for the young Congs players in their first outing of the season after the previous week’s washout. Captain for the evening Matthew Stalley won the toss and elected to bat with Tom Colley and Mustafa Rafique opening the innings. Colley was instructed to anchor the innings but found the bowling to his liking as much as Rafique with the pair retiring almost simultaneously after some wonderful strokeplay.

Arbaab Hussain was unluckily run out but new to the team Will Marshall demonstrated his batting prowess immediately with a further quickfire 30. He was replaced by Matthew Stalley who made 14 before becoming the only other wicket to fall, again a run out. Jacques Allen made a patient 30 before retiring just before the close.

Pudsey Congs  186-2 (T.Colley 33 ; M.Rafique 31 ; W.Marshall 31 ; J.Allen 30)

With a huge total on the board, Daani Ahmed and Sam Baxter opened the bowling with some reasonable control and no little pace. They were ably supported by Joe Baxter behind the stumps who looks to have blossomed into a seriously decent wicket-keeper and some of his takes were highly impressive. Ross Kettlewell bowled with control and a decent loop and was unlucky not to take more than the two wickets he ended with. Danny Taylor also demonstrated considerable pace for a youngster in his three over spell.

As run outs go this was probably not the most useful of matches to play first up and whilst you can only beat what is placed in front of you, the standard of the opposition has not provided any indication of the challenges ahead for the youngsters. But they could not have won the game any more emphatically and they will now look forward to the visit of Baildon with the confidence of a win under their belts.

Eldwick & Gilstead 28-8 (R.Kettlewell 2-2 ; D.Ahmed 2-4)

Pudsey Congs won by 158 runs

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Bradford Junior Under 17’s

Fixture List 2011

Manager: Neil Humpleby, assisted by Michael Hirst

Match Reports 2011

Final League Position Central Section = 5th, 18 Points

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Pudsey Congs v Idle

Wednesday July 27th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

The seasons last match saw us entertain champions elect Idle on a very pleasant summer evening, unfortunately with only 10 players again due to holidays and Taverners commitments. The top of the order got us off to a steady start moving the total onto 48 for 4 at the halfway stage. With the lower order weakened, the runs almost dried up completely as the innings finished on 66 all out off 16 overs, once again unable to bat out the 20 overs.

What followed was another disappointing display from the bowlers with Idle racing to the required total off only 9-1/2 overs, with R.Misra top scoring with 28 n/out & M.Shah 21 n/out resulting in a heavy 9 wkt defeat for the Lads.

This last defeat brought an end to very frustrating season for me as Manager. Injury to Keegan left us short of  a quality opening batsmen & Captain for most of the season. Holidays at the end of the season depriving us of another 3 regular players, especially missing Ashley’s powerful stroke play and Calum for his batting and accurate bowling. The most frustrating point however, was the lads sometimes lack of desire to compete at this level. Hopefully we have all learned a lot from this season and will come back next season all the better for the experiences of this year

It would be unfair of me to close on a low note because I  know every one of the guys are proud to play for Pudsey Congs and do give it their best efforts on a weekly basis. I would like to express my sincere thanks to them and add that I am proud to be given the opportunity to manage the team and look forward to doing it all again next year.

Thanks must also go to the parents who have got the lads to the grounds & supported our efforts throughout the season.  To Mick Hirst as my assistant, to Faye & Tracey for scoring, the job of manager would be considerably more difficult without your help. Thank you !!!!!!!

Also, thanks to John Malpass for creating by far the best tracks in the Bradford Junior league and finally, to Pete Bullock, Martin Beale & Mick Edwards who have umpired throughout the season fairly & honestly, thank you, I hope you will all be up for it again next year


Bowling Old Lane v Pudsey Congs

Wednesday July 20th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

What a difference a day makes (well two on this occasion).

A damp overcast evening at West Bowling, a match reduced to 16 overs and the Congs side reduced to 10 men, things things didn’t bode well. BOL won the toss and elected (unsurprisingly) to bat first. Two wickets in Nathan’s first over got us off to the best possible start but batsmen 3 (Saqib) & 4 (Hassan) set about the Congs attack, adding 44 runs to the total before Hassan was stumped by Matty off Dale’s bowling. With the runs coming freely for BOL, due mainly to some below average bowling, Jamie was brought on to bowl the penultimate over and excelled taking a hat-trick off the over. The last over could not match that with 11 runs conceded allowing the BOL innings to close on 100 for 7.

The Congs reply started poorly and got steadily worse with us reduced to 20 for 6 after 9 overs due to accurate bowling from Saqib & Eesa and a woeful batting display from the top order. Jamie, Irjlan & Bal the only ones to really contribute, Irjlan top scoring with 17. The innings came to a close with the total on 55 all out tocomplete what was without doubt the worst ever performance from a side that can usually offer so much in all departments.


Pudsey Congs v Lightcliffe

CUP Semi Final

Monday July 18th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

After two days of heavy rain where it looked unlikely the tie would go ahead, John Malpass worked his magic once again to provide us with a good wicket in the conditions.

Lightcliffe won the toss and elected to bat first. The Congs line up was weakened due to holidays and there was a debut for U13 player Mustafa Raffique. The Lightcliffe openers made their intentions clear with 7 runs coming off the first over & it was not until the 14th over the partnership was finally broken with Hussain bowled by Dale for 38. Waterson was forced to retire on 51 not long after & the rate slowed with two new batsmen at the crease. In the closing stages Congs picked up another 3 wickets before the Lightcliffe innings closed on 132 for 4 off 20overs.

The Congs reply got off to a disastrous start with Ramendeep & Matty both back in the shed with only 10 runs on the board. Although we kept up the required run rate, wickets fell at regular intervals making the quest for runs more difficult. Pick of the batsmen was Mustafa who batted with a confidence beyond his years before being run out for 16. Cameos from Jamie & Bal saw the innings close with the total on 114 for 9 off 20 overs.

All in all this was a very creditable performance against a side only beaten once before this season. Well done Lads.


Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

Wednesday July 13th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

After the good performance at Undercliffe the previous week, the lads were looking to carry on the good work as they played host to the uproaders of Pudsey St Lawrence .

Winning the toss PSL decided to bat first, but it was the Congs with the early strike having Hanley caught behind by an excellent diving catch by Matty off Nathan’s bowling. Even though Congs took wickets at regular intervals the PSL boys still managed to score at nearly 6 runs per over with the innings finishing on 117 for 7. Pick of the bowlers was Umar Shazad finishing with 3 overs 1 maiden 0 for 6

Without Ash to open the innings it would be interesting to see how the lads reacted to the chase. On this occasion the top order batted quite well with reasonable partnerships, but unfortunately none of the top five managed to go on and make 50. After Wasim, the lower order failed to offer much resistance to the PSL attack with the team being bowled out 13 runs short of the required target. Once again a disappointing end to a good game of cricket played in good spirit by both teams

W.Bashir 25,M.Humpleby 20 & C.Murgatroyd 16.  

PSL win by 3 wkts


Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

Wednesday July 6th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

A short trip to Undercliffe for this weeks league fixture on an evening which threatened heavy showers, was the order of the day for the lads.

It was decided before the toss that we would aim to complete the full 20 over match, so with one eye on the weather, the two captains went out to the middle. On this occasion it was Ashley who won the toss and decided Congs would bat first on a dodgy looking track. Ash & Callum were put under early pressure by some accurate bowling from the Undercliffe openers. After 8 overs the prospect of a low scoring game was evident with our score on 36 for 0. However in the next four overs the score had moved on to an impressive 76 for 1 with Ash once again retiring on a well deserved 54. With Matty & Nathan falling cheaply, it looked like the total would be pinned back but once again with Wasim at the crease there would always be fireworks. With opener Callum gaining in confidence with every ball & Wasim crashing the ball around the total moved on rapidly until Wasim fell caught in the deep for 33. Callum batted through to the end of the innings finishing on a well deserved score of 47 not out. The last 12 overs bringing 115 runs left us with a score of 145 for 3 off 20 overs.

A.Slater 54 (retired), C.Murgatroyd 47 not out, W.Bashir 33, K.Iqbal 4 overs 1 for 29

With the light fading and storm clouds gathering, it was going to be a nip & tuck affair to get the 20 overs in or bowl Undercliffe out before the heavens opened. Nathan & Umar bowled superbly well for the first 5 overs, restricting Undercliffe to 7 for 1.Change bowlers Irjlaan & Callum kept the momentum going adding pressure to the Undercliffe batters who were already chasing an almost impossible run rate. When opener Rawad was adjudged lbw to Wasim for 34, the game was as good as won. Resistance in the middle order from Verma & Shabir made sure we would not bowl our hosts out and with rain starting to fall with 4 overs left, all eyes were on the umpires, hoping they would not bring the teams off. Common sense prevailed and the game was allowed to come to satisfying end for the Congs, with Undercliffe closing on 113 for 3.

N.Rawad 34, A.Verma 35, N.Dalton 4 overs 3 maidens 0 for 3, I.Ahmed 4 overs 0 for 13

W.Bashir 3 overs 1 for 19

CONGS WIN BY 32 RUNS


Pudsey Congs v East Bierley

Wednesday June 29th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

Two days on from a magnificent cup win, the lads were back in league action entertaining East Bierley at the Britannia Ground on a warm summer evening. Once again the visitors won the toss and unsurprisingly decided to bat first. Some average opening bowling allowed Bierley to progress to 39 before losing K.Whitehead, caught by Ash off the bowling of Irjlaan for 14. This first wicket checked the rate and Irjlaan backed up his first wicket going on to take another 3 wkts in his four over spell. Good support bowling from Wasim & Dale saw the East Bierley innings close on 88 for 8 from 20 overs.

D.Oldham 26, I.Ahmed 4 overs 4 for 13, W.Bashir 4 overs 2 for 19, D.Spink 3 overs 1 for 10

With Callum back in the team, he took over the role of opener with Ash to start the run chase. In the 4th over Callum mistimed a ball from T.Ormondroyd, getting a leading edge, to be caught at square leg for 4. Matty joined Ash who once again made batting look easy against the Bierley attack until he retired on 54. Matty followed Ash back to the sheds, falling the same way as Callum, this time off the bowling of D.Oldham for 5. Nathan & Wasim batting 4 & 5 carried on where they left off Monday night seeing us home with 7 overs to spare finishing on 89 for 2 for an emphatic win and a tie for third in the league standings.

A.Slater 54 (retired), T.Ormondroyd 3 overs 1 for 9


Pudsey Congs v Manningham Mills

CUP Quarter Final

Monday June 27th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

Our first home cup tie of the season saw us entertain Manningham Mills at the Quarter Final stage of the competition.

The Manningham Mills captain won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked like a good batting track. Umar made the breakthrough in his first over bowling H.Rehman for 4 to record a wicket maiden. The good start began to fade as the Mills batsmen took advantage of some wayward bowling and began to build a big total, progressing quickly to 53 off 9 overs before we picked up another wicket, A.Darr bowled for 36 by Bal in his 2nd over. Two quick wickets turned the game in our favour but a brisk 43 from R.Khan regained the momentum and allowed Mills to post a very competitive total of 132 for 5 off 20 overs.

R.Khan 43, H.Rehman 36

U.Shazad 3 overs 1 for 3, B.Lally 3 overs 1 for 18, D.Spink 3 overs 1 for 17 & J.Allen 3 overs 1 for 15

With a weakened batting lineup due to Keegan’s injury & Callum missing due to exam revision, it was left to Ashley & Nathan to open the innings. Ashley played his usual confident innings with Nathan playing the supporting role and the pair pushed the score along keeping upto the required rate until Ash retired on 50. Matty joined Nathan at the crease and the pair were going well, until Matty got a ball from U.Ali that kept low and seamed to bowl him for 10. With a tight finish looming the gamble was made to send Wasim in to join Nathan to keep the momentum going. A let off for Wasim as he was dropped first ball proved to be the turning point with some big hitting from him & Nathan saw the lads home with 4 balls to spare for the loss of only one wicket, the Congs finishing on 133 for 5.

A.Slater 50 (retired), N.Dalton 44 n/o,  W.Bashir 20 n/o

A great performance with the bat on the night set up a Semi Final tie with Lightcliffe at the Britannia Ground on Monday the 18th of July.

Well done lads.


Idle v Pudsey Congs

Wednesday June 22nd, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

The lads travelled to Idle without in form opening bat & spin bowler Keegan Moodley due to a long term injury, which meant a batting line up change for the Congs.

After Matty won the toss and elected to bat, it was down to Ash & Cal to open the innings. A brisk start saw the total rise to 30 before Callum was bowled by Kemp for 8 in the sixth over. Ash followed soon after, again falling victim to Kemp clean bowled for 18. In the mid innings runs were hard to come by with some accurate bowling from the home side. When Nathan fell for 20, only Dale managed to reach double figures and the Congs closed on 89 for 7.

In reply, the Congs attack kept the Idle openers quiet reducing them to 20 for 2. A smart run out from Mark and a good catch from Matty were a positive start to the innings. The forced bowling changes saw the Idle batsmen open up with Tom Johnson taking 14 runs off 1 over. Although the lads stuck to their cause and never let their heads drop, the momentum was with the home side and they reached the required run total with two overs to spare.

Congs 89/7 – N.Dalton 20, A.Slater 18, A. Kemp 4 overs 3 for 10

Idle 90/4 – T.Johnson 21, J. Allen 4 overs 2 for 18  

Idle win by 6 wkts


Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

Wednesday June 8th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

Match abandoned after 9 overs due to rain.


East Bierley v Pudsey Congs

CUP Second Round

Monday June 6th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

A trip back to East Bierley for the second round of the cup with everybody hoping for better things after our visit in the league.

East Bierley won the toss & elected to bat on a bright sunny evening. The Congs opening bowlers Nathan & Umar put pressure on the batsmen with good line & length bowling, Nathan taking the wicket of S.Burns, bowled for 5 in his third over. First & second change bowlers Calum & Baljodh continued the good start with Bal accounting for O.Ashford & T.Ormondroyd in his first over. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with only Dom Oldham offering any threat to the Congs bowling falling to Baljodh in the 16th over for 30. The last four wickets fell in quick succession leaving Bierley all out for 69 off 19.2 overs. A fantastic effort from the lads in the field.

N.Dalton 4overs 1 maiden 1 for 5, B.lally 4 overs 3 for 20, C.murgatroyd 4 overs 1maiden 1 for 9, K.Moodley 2 overs 2 for 2, W. Bashir 1.2 overs 2 for 6

With only a low total required, the guys going into bat were told to be patient in their approach to prevent a disaster from happening. Openers Keegan & Ashley took notice of this advice and set about chasing down the required runs. East Bierley opening bowlers Cameron Bell and Oliver Ashford still thought they could make a game of it with both taking one wicket each in their four overs When Keegan fell for 22 with the score on 30 leaving two new batsmen at the crease, it was going to be a test of nerves to push on to the victory target. Any fears were soon dispelled with another excellent partnership of 42 from Calum & Matty, seeing us home with 7 overs to spare. Good shot selection saw them plunder 9 fours between them in the partnership with sensible running between the wickets,  they made it look so easy.

M.Humpleby 27 not out, K.Moodley 22, C.Murgatroyd 15 not out

Pudsey Congs 72 for 2 won by 8 wkts to progress to the quarter final stages


Pudsey Congs v Undercliffe

Wednesday June 1st, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

This week we welcomed Undercliffe to the Britannia Ground, trying to kick start our season after the poor showing the week before at East Bierley. Keegan won the toss and elected to bat first on another quality track prepared by John Malpass. Openers Keegan & Ashley got us off to a good start moving the score to 21 before Ashley was well caught by A.Hussain for 17. Calum joined Keegan keeping the momentum going with both batsmen reaching their 50 and retiring. Good cameo innings from Matty & Nathan in the last few overs, allowed us to post a very good score of 150 from 20 overs.

Pudsey Congs 150 / 3 –  K.Moodley 51 (retired), C.Murgatroyd 52 (retired)

Strong words at the break left the lads in no doubt what was expected in the field. The undercliffe reply got off to a good start with the total moving onto 31 before N.Rawad was stumped on 13 in Calum’s 2nd over. As the run rate began to climb, the Undercliffe batsmen began to gamble and with good bowling & some sharp work from Matty behind the stumps, the Congs total proved just too much for the visitors.

Undercliffe 121 / 7

 Congs won 29 runs


East Bierley v Pudsey Congs

Wednesday May 25th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

The Congs embarked on a short journey to East Bierley , looking to build on the good work from the previous two fixtures  and this was the task we set ourselves for this game. The hosts won the toss & elected to bat first. Both opening bowlers recorded maiden overs, with the first runs for Bierley coming from extras. Unfortunatley, from this good start things began to swing in favour of our hosts with some average bowling and below average fielding allowed them to post a very competitive target of 129 off their allotted overs.

East Bierley 129 / 4 – O.Ashford 50, S.Burns 23, D.Oldham 23

It was now down to the Congs batting to try & turn the game around. Keegan & Ashley set about the chase but a mistake had Ashley run out with the score on just ten. Calum joined Keegan and the pair put on 46 before Keegan was caught by Burns for 26. Matty & Calum kept things ticking along nicely, Calum the dominant batter in a partnership of 45 before falling to the bowling of Ashford for 40. From this point we suffered a monumental collapse, stumbling from 91 / 3 to 102 / 8 from 20 overs. The batting from the middle order followed the below average performance in the field with only Tom reaching double figures scoring 11.

Pudsey Congs114 / 8 –  lost by 15 runs.

A lackluster performance in all areas giving the points to East Bierley .


Pudsey Congs v Idle

Wednesday May 18th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

Another bright & breezy Wednesday Evening at the Britannia Ground as we played host to league leaders Idle. Stand in captain Nathan Dalton won the toss and elected to bat first to try and make the best of the conditions. With inform Keegan and Ashley absent, it was left to Callum and Stephen to open the batting. Excellent opening bowling spells from Jordan Moore & Tom Johnson supported by quality ground fielding, restricted us to 16 runs in the first 5 overs. In the 6th over Stephen was run out trying to move things along. Matty joined Callum at the crease to share a stand of  29 before Matty was adjudged LBW in the 13th over. Playmaker Callum followed in the 14th over and with the score on 46, it looked like we were facing another heavy defeat. The Congs innings finished on 59 for 7 after 18 overs which was disappointing. The question was could we defend such a low total?

 Pudsey Congs 59/7

Callum Murgatroyd 29

Previous weeks performances in the field would suggest that the chase would not be a long one for the Idle batsmen, but a few words from the manager at the break left the lads in no doubt just what was expected. Nathan opened the attack bowling with accuracy & pace resulting in the wicket of  Jack Carter, caught by Tom at mid on with the fourth ball of his first over. Umar bowled two overs to support Nathan but could not find a breakthrough going for 8 runs. Good onfield captaincy between Nathan & Matty saw the necessary bowling changes with Callum bowling a wicket maiden in the tenth over. This left the visitors on 23 for 2 with the game finely balanced. With wickets in hand, the Idle batsmen were allowed freedom to play shots and effectively take the game away from the Congs side with big sixes from Misra & Johnson just getting them home with only two overs to spare.

Idle 63/3

Rohan Misra 23, Tom Johnson 13 n/o & Andrew Kemp 11 n/o

Nathan Dalton 3 overs 1 for 7, Callum Murgatroyd 4 overs 2 for 14.

In the end this turned out to be a disappointing defeat with the lads not doing themselves justice with the bat but some great bowling and brilliant work in the field (especially Dale, a worthy winner of this weeks fielding point), making the visitors work really hard for every run, the lads can hold their heads high.

Next week sees us go to East Bierley knowing we need to get both aspects of our game to come together, if we can we will win a lot more games than we will lose during the rest of the season.


Bowling Old Lane v Pudsey Congs

Wednesday May 11th, 2011

Match report by Neil Humpleby

After the disappointing performance of last week, the lads were looking for a vast improvement in all departments as we turned up at Bowling Old Lane on a breezy Wednesday evening. The home team captain won the toss & elected to bat first on a wicket that looked like it could help the bowlers, but there was a threat of rain and cloud around so the light would also have an effect on the outcome.

Congs opening bowlers Nathan & Stephen got us off to a good start, but it was Nathan who made the breakthrough in his 3rd over taking the wickets of opener S. Asgar & O. Afsar, both only scoring 5 runs. Not to be outdone, Stephen chipped in with a wicket in his next over having N. Afsar stumped by Matty for 1. Captain Keegan Moodley saw the need for bowling changes at both ends to build the pressure on the home team. Baljodh struck in his first over removing the other opener H. Ranna again for just 5 runs, then taking a further  two wickets in his second over. Calum at the other end offering support picking up the wicket of I. Mohammed with a smart caught & bowled for 5. The home side batting now in disarray, Dale came on & chipped in with the wickets of A. Zahid & F. Ajaaz. Special mention of the pick up, turn & throw from Keegan to have E.Baige run out has to be made as it went a long way to earning him this weeks fielding point.

 Bowling Old Lane 58 all out

B.Lally – 4 overs 3 for 14, N.Dalton – 3 overs 2 for 13, D.Spink – 2 overs 2 for 4

C.Murgatroyd – 3 overs 1 for 8 & S.Robinson – 3 overs 2 for 13

In rapidly fading light, openers Keegan & Stephen made their way to the middle to start the chase of the required runs. Good work from the opening bowlers S. Asgar & E. Baige saw us on 12 without loss after four overs. This could be a difficult chase in the conditions and with Stephen falling in the fifth over, things could have gone downhill rapidly. Calum joined Keegan (who continues to impress with every innings) and any worries proved unfounded as these two saw us home to a magnificent and well deserved nine wicket victory.

 Pudsey Congs 61 /  –  win by 9 wkts

Keegan led from the front tonight with a great captains effort with the bat and also in the field, which all the lads rallied to, providing a satisfying performance after last weeks dismal effort.

KEEP IT UP BOYS, STILL A LONG WAY TO GO!


Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

Wednesday May 4th, 2011

Match report by Mick Hirst
Another bright, sunny evening welcomed our local rivals to the Britannia Ground on Wednesday May 5th and it was the visitors who left with a victory after a woeful and clueless display from the home side. Batting first, the  Congs started well, Keegan Moodley continuing his good recent form, with a classy 50 out of the first 65 runs in 11 overs. Just like the week before, the middle order collapsed again, until Washim hit a breezy 14* to take the Congs final total to a pathetic 95 for 6 against this ordinary PSL bowling attack.
In reply, Nathan Dalton and Stephen Robinson opened the bowling with Dalton removing opener Hanley, however Parrot was severe on Robinson taking 18 off one over. Slater eventually removed Parratt, and Washim took two wickets but the young PSL team still won at a canter with 98 for 4 off 15.1 overs. All elements of the Congs game must improve quickly, individually and teamwise, unless the Congs will be picking up the wooden spoon this season.

Pudsey Congs 95 for 6 (18 overs) – Keegan Moodley 50, Washim Bashir 14 *

Pudsey St Lawrence 98 for 4 (15.1 overs)


Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

Wednesday April 27th, 2011

Match report by Mick Hirst
The under 17 season started with a short trip to Undercliffe CC. Batting first on a sunny evening, the Congs openers Keegan Moodley and Ramandeep Kang started steadily before increasing the tempo, with an array of quality strokes, against a good Undercliffe attack. They took the score to 81 before Moodley retired on 53. Kang followed with a well made 44 with the Congs score on 92. However the middle order collapsed and the final total of 105 for 4 looked 15 runs short of a decent total.
In reply former Yorkshire academy Irfan Amjad set about the Congs attack blasting 50 out of 72 runs, unfortunately aided by two dropped catches. A fine spell of bowling by Irjalaan 3-1-5-2, and a very good catch by Dale Spink, put the Congs back in the match, but the Undercliffe middle order eased over the line with 10 balls remaining.

Pudsey Congs 105-4 – Keegan Moodley 53, Ramandeep Kang 44

Undercliffe 107-3 – Irjalaan Ahmed 2 for 5