Match Reports

  Dales Council 1st XI Match Reports 2018

Current League Position = 9th, 53 pts


Pudsey Congs v Muff Field

At Fulneck

Saturday May 26th, 2018

Match Report to follow

Cookridge v Pudsey Congs

At Smithy Lane Ground

Saturday May 19th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

Cookridge away was faced by a young 3rd team this week. A team consisting of only 4 players over the age of 15 (Cameron Clancy making his debut and Adders stepping up at just 11 years old) on what was beautiful but hot day.

Losing the toss Congs were asked to bowl and the old guard of Gedge (3-36) and Galv (1-45) put the pressure on straight away and suddenly Cookridge were 25-2. Redders (4-60) then began to turn a few along with Lewis Gunner (1-23) and Jay Turnbull (0-51) grafted hard on a track where anything off the bat soon saw the boundary. Congs still picked up wickets at a slower pace and a few drops in the field meant Cookridge ended up 205-9. Some valuable bowling points for such a young side!

That meant Evan Kettlewell kept with tradition and opened the batting for the first time, as all Kettlewell’s should. He was partnered by his dad Robin (a club legend out of retirement for 1 game) who looked at ease at the crease. A smart opening partnership of 43 before Robin lost his wicket. A steady flow of runs and wickets meant Congs were always chasing the total but never completely out of the game before the last 10 overs. A few scores to mention, Galv with 29, Liam 19 and a some entertaining big hits at the end from Gedge and Redders. Really proud of the whole performance and fielding point went to Adders who at 11 years old was outstanding all day.

Moving forward it will be nice to get some of the senior players back and hope the juniors have enjoyed their opportunities, more will follow. I’ll finish by saying I honestly believe had we had a full strength team available the last few weeks we would be riding high on top of the league but thank you to all who have stepped up! Your efforts don’t go un-noticed. #WCAW #ONECLUB

Baildon v Pudsey Congs

First Round

At Jenny Lane

Sunday May 13th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

After a disappointing Saturday, there was a much stronger side out on Sunday in the Pool Paper Mills Cup opening round away at Baildon. Skipper Gedge lost the toss and Congs were asked to bowl (our plan from the start!!). On a hot day Galv began from the top end and Harry Jackson opened from the other. An excellent display with the ball from Galv bowling 8 straight through saw him pick up 2-18. Harry Jackson from the other end delivered a good 5 over spell and funnily enough his worst 2 balls of the day picked up wickets leaving him with 2-6, great work Harry! Baildon never really got going and when Gedge 3-13 from 6 overs and Stolarski 1-23 off 6 came on, the game was wrapped up. A great C&B by Gopal helped him pick up a wicket on the day too. A fine performance in hot temperatures. Baildon were all out for 88 and Gedge opted to get the youth at the crease.

Opening with Chill and Jay they batted superbly, Chill (6) eventually succumbing to a good delivery that took off stump. That brought Fordy to the crease, a man in need of a bit of confidence and with Jay at the other end taking it to the bowlers, there was nothing Baildon could do. Jay Cut, Drove and Smashed his way to 46 before getting out with just 1 run needed. Fordy on 27 left it up to J STOL to hit the winning runs, skying one up in the air only to be dropped as he nicked a single. Great performance all round, in the field, with the ball and with the bat!!

Next up in the Quarter Final, it’s away at Leeds Sikh 1st XI, a daunting task but we all know about the magic of the Cup! #WCAW

Pudsey Congs v Leeds Sikh

At Fulneck

Saturday May 12th, 2018

Match Report by Ralph Middlebrook

A spirited display by a weakened and very youthful Congs team, could not prevent a vastly experienced Sikh cantering to an easy win.

Opening bowlers Jackson and Gedge kept the scoring in check on a pitch that was not always well behaved but Singh looked at ease playing with care and attention. Edwards(Senior) struck with two wickets, the second with the aid of a smart stumping by Holgate, but the arrival of Vishal took the game away from us reaching 54 with 10×4’s and 2×6’s!  Skipper Gedge claimed two victims, one with a top overhead catch by Stones and coupled with an alert display throughout, earned him the fielding point on his senior debut. Singh reached 63; Jackson returned with a neat few overs but Congs were chasing 205, a big ask. Gedge the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 28 in 12 overs.

Our reply started steadily but wickets kept falling on a regular basis which gave Gunner the opportunity to reach a personal best of 26, well done, but despite his efforts we finished up with just 90. Vishal man of the match, taking 6 for 29. I repeat a spirited display.
My thanks to Claire, our scorer for her non stop help to me and the umpire, who incidentally, from the edge, had a good game.

 Adel v Pudsey Congs

At Memorial Ground, Church Lane

Saturday May 5th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

Matchday two saw Congs away at Adel on a day the sun was in the sky. After losing the toss we were put into bat and following his recent performance, Chill was asked to open the batting. With Ross back in the team, the Congs made a sturdy start at 70 without loss. Eventually Ross played a half shot to a spinner and was C&B on 27. He’ll be kicking himself for not going on and scoring big. Chill made his way to 30 including a classy ramped cut over gully that had the fans in awe before losing his wicket. That saw Paddy and Gopal take apart the bowling attack before Paddy was bowled. In came a man in need of runs and confidence but Macca didn’t wait around. The #universeboss smashed his way to 44 with Gopal anchoring at the other end passing 50 before going on to deliver a 107* red inker! A great performance from Gopal in what were hot conditions. Congs ended on 282-6.

With a big score on the board Adel came out fighting, the unorthodox hitting of M. Noon going after the bowling attack. It took the introduction of Paddy to break the opening partnership with the total on 65. With Noon still at the crease though Adel stayed in the game despite wickets tumbling at the other end and Noon refusing singles all over the park, he was clearly a boundary hitting kinda guy. At 88 for 5, Paddy delivered the ball to end Noons day and from then in Congs always looked like taking maximum points. Paddy returned amazing figures of 7-25 which could mean he keeps his position in the team but that’s one for the selection committee.

Pudsey Congs v Drighlington

At Fulneck

Saturday April 28th, 2018

Match Report by Captain Nick Gedge

The first game of the season saw Drighlington make a trip to fortress Fulneck.

After winning the toss, new skipper Gedge opted to bowl. The track looked like an absolute road but he backs his bowlers in any conditions. Galv (0-29) did what Galv does best and had the batsmen in knots, how he ended up wicketless is a complete mystery! From the other end, Stanners rolled back the years up the hill and was unplayable at times finishing with 1-16 which included the big wicket of Mistry. The batsmen struggled to score runs and when the first change of Devz (3-29) and Gedge (3-16) came on it didn’t change. This first change would open at most other teams in the league such is the strength of the bowling options this year. With 5 juniors in the side, the fielding was exceptional throughout and Jay Turnbull showed why he’s fighting for a place returning figures of 0-13 from a great 4 over spell. By drinks Congs knew that they were in control. The run rate was always low and you could sense Congs wanting the wickets, however stern defence from the middle order and a few elements of luck meant after 45 overs they were only 7 down and had meandered up to a total of 100.

Macca got the Congs innings off to a swift start skying the first ball of the innings to point, the duck hat never had such a fitting owner. (I do have mention his diving catch behind the stumps earlier off Gedge was as good as I’ve seen by a keeper in the Dales). Stanners (30) and Chill (23) went about building an innings and put Congs in a great position to push on. Devz (25 no) then batted through and new skipper Gedge managed to sneak a single and hit the winning run to cap off a cold chilly day at Fulneck but a winning start to the season.

Special mentions to Chill for a great batting performance, Stanners for a great performance with bat and ball, Jacqui Holgate for her efforts with the tea situation and lack of electric. Man of the Match goes to Devz, a fantastic catch in the field, 3 wickets and a 25*no on debut.

Thank you to everyone involved, roll on next week #WCAW