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Bradford League Championship One 1st XI  

Match Reports 2018

Current League Position = 5th, 51 Points


Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

At Intake Road

Saturday May 26th, 2018

Match report to follow

Pudsey Congs v Hunslet Nelson

At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground

Saturday May 19th, 2018

Matchball Sponsor – Clun Insure

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

On a faultless pitch, a fast outfield and a beautiful hot summers day, the two teams produced a remarkable match that ebbed and flowed till almost 8 o’clock or if you like 2000 hours.

Winning the toss Congs made steady progress against a lively attack and after two early wickets a partnership of 125 between Slater (82) and Captain Backhouse (70) containing 21 x 4’s and 4 x 6’s moved the score along at a fine rate. Running well between the wickets despite a few yes/no calls, they set the platform for Gibson to rattle up a shot explosion on a score of 51 and Donnelly to hit cleanly for 32 in 13 balls. 304 was surely enough, or was it?

Hunslet opener Murphy played a controlled innings, being patient and rarely missing a chance to score. Congs fielding was careless and sloppy at vital times but his was fine innings reaching 121 including a partnership of 145, 35 x 4’s, with all rounder Cross (91). Congs chipped away at the batters and a crazy run out smartly executed by Chappell was a rare piece of quality fielding. All the bowlers toiled away and another run out and three late wickets for Wisniewski, saw the home side squeak through to win despite some ill feeling about a Hunslet batter suffering a Mankad, run out at a vital stage.

However a win is a win but both sides bowled with difficulty spraying the ball to all parts. The match contained far too many extras including 14 wides and 11 no balls on this most benign surface showing the need for the old fashion virtues of line and length. Exciting though, with umpteen fabulous shots and spectators fielding and collecting the ball from all quarters.

Batley v Pudsey Congs

At Purwell Hall Road

Saturday May 12th, 2018

Match report courtesy of the Bradford League

Half-centuries by Musa Ahmed (52no) and Naveed Zamurad (51) helped Batley to a total of 219 against Pudsey Congs, whose best bowler was Max Chappell (4-56).
Mushy Rafique (37) and James Ford (31) were the top scorers as Congs were bowled out for 150 to lose by 69 runs. Muhammad Shahnawaz (3-22) and Naveed Zamurad (3-50) were the pick of the Batley bowlers.

Pudsey Congs v Gomersal

At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground

Sunday May 6th, 2018

Matchball Sponsor – Joanne Baxendale

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

After the win versus Hartshead Moor on Saturday,hopes were high in the Priestley Cup on the following day. Sadly our hopes took a hit within the first six deliveries, batting first no runs two wickets!! Worse was to follow 21 for 6!!! Thankfully Andre Stolarski and Mustafa Rafique had other ideas, Andre (first knock since August 2017) for 29 and Mustafa 38, batted with care and determination, working together they occupied the crease for some considerable time on a pitch that contained no demons. Jamie Allen 30 not out and Wisniewski, then put together a partnership with great skill and tactical awareness which occupied 12 overs and lifted the spirits of the team and home supporters alike taking the total to 156. A top effort which ndicates a strong team ethic. Very well done.

With such a score we had to take wickets, 156 could not be defended, but the initiative swung as the visitors got of to a quick response. Allen took an early wicket, Chappell claimed 2 wickets in one over but the batters played sensible cricket and despite being 6 down, they finished comfortable victors.

I regret the lack of detail in this report but I cannot for the life in me access the League results service. The only consolation is that Mrs Middlebrook, junior, my computer expert, cannot create access either.

My apologies for this situation.

Pudsey Congs v Hartshead Moor

At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground

Saturday May 5th, 2018

Matchball Sponsor – Derrick Reason

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

In a much improved performance, especially in the fielding and 100% effort throughout, Congs came away with the points on a good pitch with the entire ground looking magnificent in the long awaited sunshine.

Rafique and Jamie Allen started with pace and an accurate line as Khan looked in good  touch, and he kept the score moving before each bowler took a wicket. Good spells came from Wiesneski and Donnelly before Chappell entered the attack with the score on 121 for 3. He collected 5 wickets in no time with the aid of two smart slip catches by Slater as Max achieved turn on a good pitch which, nevertheless, demanded attention from the batters. Seven wickets went down for 40 runs and Congs, especially scorer Danny, enjoyed their tea.

Acting Captain and keeper James Ford showed his fitness and powers of concentration with a lengthy innings of 38 against accurate bowling especially from Khan again who finished with 15 overs 7 maidens none for 23, well bowled. Congs took their time and gained useful time in the middle and with Hussain 41 and Donnelly 28 not out, playing freely. Congs completed an important win to the delight of a decent crowd on this beautiful Summers day.

Baildon v Pudsey Congs

At Jenny Lane

Saturday April 28th, 2018

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

Life in Championship One did not begin as one would wish as Baildon batted us out of the game with an opening stand just over a hundred with Hainsworth compiling an excellent innings of 68,well played, on a damp pitch which made batting difficult but was blameless throughout.

Acting Captain Ford, played a quality, patient innings of 34 and was well supported by Slater who applied himself really well for 15 overs before being dismissed by Mushtaq Ahmed who was in his element returning figures of 4 for 20 in 11 overs. From 32 for 1, Congs subsided to 92 for 8 a familiar story, and the reason we managed 130 was due to a classy 34 from Donnelly who played his best innings by far for the Congs, not out 34. Jamie Allen ably assisted with 16 important runs and at least we batted the full 50 overs.

Sadly the positivity that had been gained soon vanished with a very ordinary opening spell of 8 overs before left arm spinner Wisniewski firstly gained some control and then captured 4 wickets, plus an easy catch spilled at mid off, for 36 in just over 9 overs. Top effort Sam. For the second time in the match, Allen applied himself and bowled a nice line and length collecting 2 for 27 in a game he should remember.

Not a match in very cold weather the umpires and Congs spectators will take much comfort from. We will have to improve and fast.