Sam Wisniewski is drafted into the England Practice Squad
Teenage cricketer Sam Wisniewski has played a vital part in England’s build-up to the Test Series against India, which is now under way.
The 16-year-old Broak Oak junior, who plays senior cricket for Pudsey Congs in the Bradford League, is a left-arm wrist spinner. So England have drafted him into the Edgaston nets to provide valuable practice, in an effort to combat India’s mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The 23-year-old bamboozled some of England’s best batsmen during the recent ODI and T20 series. Left-arm wrist spin is so rare that England had to scour the leagues to find exponents – with Wisniewski a prime candidate. This was the third time Wisniewski has bowled at England this summer. He bowled against the red-ball side at Headingley and then the white-ball side a few weeks later, specifically helping Eoin Morgan regain top form.
Wisniewski has done so well, in fact, that he’s been given an open invitation by England coach Paul Farbrace to bowl at any of the pre-test training sessions. Registered with Yorkshire Academy and Yorkshire Under 17s, Wisniewski is learning lots and thoroughly enjoying the experience.
Well done lad.
Article courtesy of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Letter from Glyn Pearson
I would just like to record the appreciation of my colleague, Andrew Bullock, and myself to the players of Pudsey Congs and East Bierley and the officials of Pudsey Congs for providing one of the most enjoyable Bradford Cricket League matches I have had in the last 30 years.
From the time of the minute’s silence the home captain, Babar Butt, and the visiting captain, Adam Patel, conducted themselves and their teams with dignity and sportsmanship. Following a tremendous storm the Pudsey Congs officials and players worked hard to ensure the game resumed as soon as possible. Both captains and scorers cooperated with the umpires in the calculation of the lost overs and DLS target scores.
On the field both sets of players played the game hard but in a magnificent sporting spirit. Both clubs were a credit to the League and the game of cricket.
ACO Education Officer
England and Wales Cricket Board
Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood London, NW8 8QZ, England
Great Showing from our Fans at Market Deeping
Message from Market Deeping CC after Sunday’s finals day.
“I have to say the Cong-gregation cheering SCCC on in the final made for a fantastic atmosphere and watching them ‘paddle the raft’ was my off-pitch champagne moment!
I would finally like to say a big thanks for leaving your corner of the ground tidier than when you arrived and to say the Congs will always be welcome at Outgang Road – if you are ever short of a pre-season friendly or a tour destination just give me a call!”
Is this the Youngest Player ever to suit up for a Senior Side?
Young Kirk Eckart, son of Gary and Sarah who are members of the club, made his senior debut yesterday for our fourth team at the age of 8. I believe this could be the youngest player to play senior cricket for the Congs. A fantastic achievement for the young lad. A very good prospect hopefully for many years to come. Kirk took the only wicket when Wibsey replied at 58 for after Congs were bowled out for 57.
A day to remember for the young lad.
Fulneck School has a new Sports Master
Fulneck School has a new sports master who happens to be a keen cricketer His name is Ryan Walker and he has already increased the fixtures for this season and is to bring pupils to our nets at Intake Road twice a week to practice their skills, more power to his elbow. The square at Fulneck plays well and is maintained by our club members and the outfield today is nice and short, special mention to Messer Malpass, Allen and Gaunt. I am confident that Ryan and the Dales Captains will maintain the excellent working relationship that has been so good for the School, Club and cricket in general for so many years now.
Congs have a new Electronic Scoreboard
A proud addition to the Britannia Ground, ready for the 2014 season
Photos courtesy of Peter Marsh
Pinnacle Sport and Play refurbish the outdoor nets
Right on time for the first outdoor practice of the season, the refurbished net facility has been completed by Pinnacle Sport and Play. Everyone here at the Congs agrees the transformation from old to new is excellent.
taking out the old
Photos courtesy of Derrick Reason
Parking at Fulneck School Cricket Ground
Cars must NOT be parked on the track leading to the cricket field or on the field itself. Cars must be parked in the car park on the main street approximately 100 yards on the left after the track entrance. Thank you for cooperation.
Ralph, Cricket Chairman
Canadian Web Editor Glen Duffield has a crack in the Nets
Following the progress of the Congs from this side of the Atlantic is brilliant, but not hands on. On a recent visit to the Britannia Ground, I was fortunate enough to meet up with Congs Stu Hardcastle who put me through my paces in both batting and bowling. It has been over 27 years since I last held a cricket bat and I must commend Stu for his patience. Stu walked me through the shot selection as he taught me both defensive and attacking shots.
As I grew in confidence, we did away with the tennis ball and brought out the real mccoy. With no fear (and no gloves or helmet!!), I smashed away for what was at least half a century without loss of wicket (there may have been a few tough dropped catches along the way)
After it quickly became evident, I will never open for the Congs, I turned my focus onto bowling. Once again I thank Stu for his light hearted attempt to teach me the basics of the game. Armed with only a ball and a 3/4 delivery, I set about trying to take the wicket of the 4th team Captain. Low and behold, on ball number 6, Stu’s middle wicket was removed, clean bowled. At this point Stu donned the pads and needless to say, no more wickets were had from this spin bowler.
Thank you Stu for taking the time to give me some coaching tips and also a special mention to Kim for her fine digital shots.
Glen Duffield, Pudsey Congs Cricket Club Web Editor, Canada