Bradford Premier League 2nd Eleven
Match Reports 2018
Current League Position = 7th, 170 Points
Match reports not available after June 24th, 2018
Pudsey Congs v Keighley
at the Amber Cars Britannia Ground
Priestley Shield Third Round
Sunday June 24th, 2018
Match report by Macca Gaunt
After their win on Saturday, Congs 2nd XI had the 3rd round of the Priestley Shield. It was a sweltering hot day and the Congs players were glad when skipper C.Doey won the toss and elected to bat.
Congs got off to a solid start in the form of L.Stanhope and K.Moodley who were watchful against some good opening bowling from H.Shahzad and D.Birkett. The breakthrough did come though as Keegan punched one to mid wicket. This brought Jq.Allen to the crease who look to up the scoring rate as he hit well down the ground. He and L.Stanhope put on 56 before a run out resulted in Liam’s wicket. R.Kettlewell and C.Hill both came and went as Congs looked in a precarious position at 93-4. However Jq.Allen was looking solid at the other end and was beginning to milk the change of bowlers. He was well supported by C.Doey who came in and took the game to the opposition by going at more than a run a ball.
The pair put on 63 with Jq.Allen making his 50 during the partnership. A well constructed 50, which was just what Congs needed with the position they were in. Captain Chris looked to shift gears but fell caught on the boundary for 34. G.Makwana also was dismissed as he came to the crease with positive intentions. However the fall of wickets did not faze Jacques one bit. He began to change gears and demolished the Keighley spinners. He brought up his maiden 100 with another boundary. Well played young man. Jq.Allen was now playing every shot with impeccable timing and he wasn’t content with just 100. His 6s were effortlessly hit as he made sure Congs put on a massive total. He was well supported by M.Gaunt as the pair put on 111.
He brought up his 150 in the last over as Congs finished up on 305 with Jq.Allen finishing unbeaten on 157 off 116 balls. A superb knock from the young Congs all rounder.
Jq.Allen 157 Not Out, C.Doey 34, M.Gaunt 32
Congs got off to a brilliant start with the ball as C.Doey struck first ball caught at square leg by J.Turnbull. This brought H.Shahzad to the crease and he didn’t look to hang around as he took a particular liking to J.Stolarski. Chris removed the second opening batter with a well disguised slower ball. However skipper Doey biggest masterstroke of the day was the introduction of R.Kettlewell with the ball. The versatile bowler bowled some great in swingers as he picked up 3 quick wickets in succession, which shook the Keighley middle order.
After the burst of wickets spin was introduced in the form of G.Makwana and Jq.Allen, who brought control as they both tightened the screw and made sure Keighley were not going to have a sniff at winning this game. C.Doey introduced himself back into the attack and picked up his 3rd. L.Stanhope finished the game off by tickling the timber twice in the space of four balls to wrap up the big win.
R.Kettlewell 3-25, C.Doey 3-35, L.Stanhope 2-0
An impressive performance on the whole by Congs as they made it two wins out of two for the weekend, however the day belonged to Jq.Allen who showed why he is so highly rated and why he is on the verge of breaking into the First XI. A well liked member at the club by all and one of the most hard working cricketers, it was a knock he certainly deserved. Scholes awaits Congs in the Qarter Finals on July 15th.
Pudsey Congs v Gomersal
At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground
Saturday June 23rd, 2018
Matchball Sponsor – Nova Coin
Match report by Liam Stanhope
The 2nd XI welcomed Gomersal back to the Amber Cars Britannia Ground after a 4 year absence from the top flight and their captain Matthew Barnes wasted little breath as he won the toss and opted to bat first in what appeared to be rather splendid conditions to spend time at the crease.
Congs struck early through the Captain Chris Doey. His rising delivering struck the shoulder of Grant’s bat and popped up for a regulation caught and bowled with the score on 7. Lockwood and Blain settled well and added a further 62 runs before the introduction of Jacques Allen removed Blain for 27. The former Kiwi international was caught superbly down the leg-side following some quick, smart glove work from wicket keeper Macauley Gaunt. Nevertheless, the hard hitting Harvey Lockwood continued on to make a well made 64. More spin followed and the arrival of Max Chappell from the Gables End saw wickets tumble regularly. Chappell returning figures of 6-26 to bowl out the opposition in the 47th over as Gomersal finished 154 all out.
M.Chappell: 10.3 – 2 – 26 – 6
J. Allen: 15 – 4 – 46 – 3
In response Congs started brightly with Stanhope and Moodley punishing anything too short or too wide. Once again it was the introduction of spin which paid dividends as the experienced Barnes removed Stanhope (34) with his slow left arm, the score 74-1. Moodley was next to go falling 7 short of his half-century, again to Barnes. Almost calamitously, Congs lost a further 5 wickets for 38 runs as the Gomersal skipper picked up a 6-fer of his own. However, the masterful Babar Butt was on-hand (following his return from an Achilles injury) to manage the run-chase to its conclusion with a classy 31 not out. Congs reaching 155-7 with 13 overs to spare.
K. Moodley 43
L. Stanhope 34
B. Butt 31no
Ossett v Pudsey Congs
At Queens Terrace
Saturday June 16th, 2018
Match report by Kayson Moodley
On Saturday the seconds travelled to Queens Terrace to face Ossett. The home club were placed into bat first and put 175 on the board in 50 overs. Then the heavens opened up and Congs innings was reduced to 32 overs, but they knocked it off in 26. Keegan Moodley produced a solid 80 not out and Adam Patrick took 5 wickets in an exciting away game.
Yeadon v Pudsey Congs
At White Swan Ground
Monday May 28th, 2018
Match report by Ralph Middlebrook
On a glorious summers day in front of a large crowd, Congs triumphed after a quality game between two evenly matched sides on a good cricket pitch. Captain Doey and Khan opened the bowling with Khan taking 2 early wickets. Patrick replaced Doey and Allen took over from Patrick. Doey’s trump card was Wiesnewski who in tandem with Allen, who took two top catches, kept the score in check. When Rafique took a miracle catch at short leg to dismiss the dangerous Day (47), Congs pressed home their advantage as Chapman in a neat spell took 2 for 11. Khan took his third wicket (all clean bowled) and Sam Wiz added to his reputation with 3 for 33 in 15 overs. The captain handled his bowlers and field placements with skill and authority.
In reply, the Congs started slowly and lost two early wickets. Allen looked settled but he was run out in suicidal fashion and at 45 for 4, it looked bleak. Enter Rafique and Patrick who played with skill and patience in gradually building a partnership of 90, taking us to 140 for 6 as they both found the fielders after some excellent batting. The Captain and a resolute Gaunt were up to the task of scoring the necessary 32 to the delight of the Congs many supporters.
Very well played, in terrific surrounding with good cricketing company from both sides.
Pudsey Congs v Lightcliffe
At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground
Saturday May 26th, 2018
Matchball Sponsor – Sam Miller
Match report by Captain Chris Doey
On a very warm and sticky day at the Brit, Lightcliffe came to visit. The 2XI were full strength for the first time of the season and heavy rain on Friday had not effected the playing surface or outfield at all. Despite this, knowing the forecast for the day was warm, the skipper decided upon winning the toss he would like to give it every opportunity and would have a bowl first.
A quick and accurate opening spell from both Doey and Khan saw both Lightcliffe openers back in the hut before the 10 over mark. This brought to the crease Lightcliffe’s number three for the day. Unable to put bat on ball and a little higher up the order than normal, his dogged 36 ball 8 came to an end when he chipped one back to the bowling of Paddy. Just rewards for Paddy who bowled the best lines and lengths I have seen from him in years, getting the pitch to do the dirty work he bowled a fantastic spell picking up another caught and bowled before coming off at drinks for a well earned rest! From the other end M Ferguson replaced Doey and slightly struggled to get into the game with the ball. He was replaced by a young Josh Chapman who quickly turned the game on its head with 2/3 overs of bowling which saw him pick up 2 wickets in 2 balls both caught behind by the gloves of JLD.
A change of bowling from Patricks end brought on J Allen to do his thing and tie down an end, and it worked. With an extremely low run rate and quick overs Jacques manipulated the batsman into forcing shots and got his reward with a ball that was driven to mid off. Chapman couldn’t continue his form from before drinks and managed to lose his rhythm meaning a change of bowling was required.
It would seem that drinks really didn’t help anybody out there. As a team we lost energy, volume and desire. This meant that Lightcliffe, with some sensible batting, were able to get back into it as Congs were lapse in the field dropping easy catches and not staying alert. Despite this, the lads bowling put in a shift and with Paddy coming back on to finish his spell the runs weren’t flowing freely. With 10 overs left Doey brought off Allen and came back on to try and create something different to finish the innings. A mixture of poor fielding and lapse bowling meant we were unable to finish the job and Lighcliffe ended the innings 147-9. Extremely disappointing considering the position that we had them in at drinks.
C Doey – 12-2-28-1
I Khan – 5-1-11-1
A Patrick – 15-2-40-3
M Ferguson – 6-1-31-0
J Chapman – 5-0-18-2
J Allen 7-1-12-2
Stern words were had in the changing rooms and after Doey had vented his spleen, Congs were ready to go out and put Lightcliffe to the sword.
The batting was much more of a pleasure to watch. JLD & Keegan opened up brilliantly, starting slowly, never letting the run rate get away from them, but seeing off the shine and picking up the runs along the way. The opening bowlers seemed to be bowling a good line and length and really testing Keeg and JLD. JLD finally fell, just getting onto one a bit early and lobbing it over mid off, who turned and took a great catch. Unfortunately for them, running in from the boundary takes its toll and they started to produce a couple of 4 balls an over which eased the pressure on Congs. The first change really set a tone for the rest of the innings. Bowling what can only be described a varied length he managed 4 legal deliveries before being taken off for a suspected shoulder injury. By the time Lightcliffe were back to finding their feet Keegan and Jacques had taken the attack to them and really put them under pressure with some fantastic stroke play and running. Allen fell for 29 after looking strong, a brain fart left him playing a loose shot and being caught leaving us 2 down needing 70 to win. Imran Ahmed, back into the fold, batted superbly alongside Keegan with a fantastic display or aggressive measured cricket. Punishing the bad balls Immy and Keegan saw us home to victory.
Unfortunately for Lightcliffe their problems mounted mid way through the innings when David Heath got into a tangle in gully and managed to break/dislocate his finger. Unable to continue Chappers fielded for the remaining duration of the Lightcliffe fielding innings. Best wishes with the recovery David!
JLD – 8
K Moodley – 59*
J Allen – 29
I Ahmed 42*
Well done fellas, onto Yeadon on Monday!
Bowling Old Lane v Pudsey Congs
At Birch Lane
Saturday May 19th, 2018
Match report by Jacques Allen
On a red-hot day Congs turned up to Birch Lane looking for their first win of the season against a BOL side that had won their first two games. Adam Patrick was stand in skipper for the day making the step up for the absent Chris Doey for the first time in 2018. Once the coin came down and Patrick had called incorrectly, Congs received the most unsurprising news of the day so far, BOL had elected to bat.
Mark Ferguson and Josh Chapman opened up for Congs beating the bat a countless amount of times, with Ferguson going for 3 boundaries through inside edges somehow missing the stumps. It was in the 9th over where Chapman found the breakthrough removing BOL’s captain with a full toss which found the outside edge flying straight to Patrick at backward point. Patrick then introduced himself and Jacques Allen who started to bowl delightfully in tandem. With the run rate drying up at 42-1 Patrick removed the opener L.B.W followed by a flurry whereby he’d taken 3 wickets in the space of 2 overs. Add to that a smart piece of fielding from Chapman and a good bit of glovework from JLD to run out the number three, BOL were at 51-5. Yasir and Zahid stemmed the flow for the home team while Congs continued to be patient bowling accurately and intelligently. Patrick was replaced by Ferguson after a very good and hard toiled 8 overs in the blistering heat. At 85-5 Allen got his man caught smartly by Richard Scragg at short cover for a well made 15. Allen, Ferguson and Chapman then all claimed one more victim, before Yasir was the last to fall for a nicely directed direct hit from Allen for a well made 30 which had helped BOL scrape towards a score that might just be competitive. An outstanding effort with the ball and in the field from all, a special mention to Chris Hill and Dominic Edwards who brought brilliant energy and commitment in the field.
Bowling Old Lane 125 All out
JLD and Keegan Moodley were the openers set with the task of trying to get us off to a good start in a run chase that could very easily turn into a tricky one. Moodley looked good until he cut one to gulley who took a very nice catch and BOL had their tails up at 9-1. Allen came to the crease to partner JLD and they decided that the best way to approach this score was through positivity. The next 10 overs were all about Congs with some seriously good shots to all parts, JLD’S highlight a textbook straight drive flashing past the bowler and Allen’s an equally good cover drive up the hill towards the scorebox end of the ground. Allen fell for a run a ball 31 with an incredibly loose shot dragging onto his off stump. Ross Kettlewell came and went falling L.B.W for 0. At 66-3 any chance BOL had was gone when JLD resumed normal service depositing the bowling straight back down the ground for many a boundary. Gopal Makwana got in on the act receiving a fair amount of stick from the BOL players, but he did his talking with the bat (with the occasional verbal bite back). At 106-3 JLD fell caught behind in an innings where everyone would agree he deserved to carry his bat to the finish in what was clearly a match winning knock. Makwana and Ferguson did enough to see us home for a 5-wicket victory in an incredibly positive performance. Many a good side will fall to BOL this year at Birch Lane, but it was a team display where it felt like we were in the driving seat from 13:30!
Pudsey Congs 126-5
G.Makwana 19 Not Out
Pudsey Congs (19) beat Bowling Old Lane (3) by 5 wickets
Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs
At Tofts Rd
Saturday May 5th, 2018
Match off, PSL ground unfit for play
Pudsey Congs v New Farnley
At the Amber Cars Britannia Ground
Saturday April 28th, 2018
Matchball Sponsor – James Middlebrook
Match rained out