2016- Bradford Premier League 2nd Team

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Bradford Premier League 2nd Eleven  

Match Reports 2016

Final League Position = 6th, 229 Points


Morley v Pudsey Congs

At Scatcherd Lane

Saturday September 10th, 2016

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Pudsey Congs v Yeadon

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday September 3rd, 2016

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Match rained out

East Bierley v Pudsey Congs

At South View Road

Saturday August 27th, 2016

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Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

With three players up in the 1s and four on holiday, the 2s fielded an inexperienced side.

Bierley won the toss and elected to bat.

Congs started well with the ball with Jamie and Josh bowling tight lines and the batsmen were very watchful. Adam came on for Josh and got the break through and also two further wickets quickly. At half way East Bierley were 95 for 3. It then started to rain and we left the pitch with both teams fully expecting this to be last play of the day. After a lovely pie and pea tea, and the rain coming to a halt, we got back onto a very wet pitch.

Bierley batsmen managed to capitalise on our bowlers being unable to grip the ball which resembled a bar of soap at this point. James Higgins batted through to end up on a very respectable 171* – well done lad.

East Bierley 343 for 6 off 50 overs

Jamie: 8-0-52-0

Josh: 7-2-31-0

Adam: 11-2-64-2

Ishy: 10-0-52-1

Junaid: 8-0-73-1

Liam: 6-0-52-2

With 16 overs having been lost from Congs innings, we required 10 runs an over. James (4) and Immy (8) opened the batting and tried to smash it to all parts to chase down the large total but both fell to mistimed shots. Ishy hung around well but was eventually bowled missing a straight one in the late evening twilight.

Game was thus abandoned at Congs 19 for 3 off 6.1 overs.

East Bierley (9) Pudsey Congs (6)

Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs

At Wakefield Road

Saturday August 20th, 2016

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Lightcliffe won the toss and elected to bowl in a rain affected game that had been reduced to 48 overs a side.

Congs opened up with Ishy and Tom, both struggled with the pace of youngster Max Garner, he eventually bowled Tom for 8. James took the attack to Lightcliffe and put on 71 with Ishy before mistiming a leg glance and getting caught on 48 with the score on 92 for 2. Jacques looked good but hit a long hop straight to mid wicket and Imran got adjudged LBW trying a reverse sweep. Ross snicked off for 2 and then Ishy, frustrated with his lack of strike, was run out after a misunderstanding with Junaid who himself was bowled out soon after. At 156 for 7 it was looking like we’d thrown away a great start but Jamie and Gopal put on some much needed runs to get us to 201 all out off 45.3 overs.

In reply Lightcliffe started strongly with their #2 taking a liking to Josh’s bowling and sending several over the boundary for six. Congs tried hard to keep him at the non-strikers end as their #1 batter struggled to hit a ball. Liam eventually castled #2 but not before he’d bludgeoned 65. Liam also dismissed #3 with a disguised slower ball that he could only chip up to Josh at mid off. Chris picked up their #1 the following over. Jacques who was bowling very well trapped #4 plum lbw and Congs were back on top at 133 for 4.

Lightcliffe skipper Alex Tait counterattacked and scored an aggressive 40 but with Jamie bowling him and Jacques picking up 2 more wickets from the other end, we well into their vulnerable tail. At 168 for 7 the umpires decided they’d had enough and agreed that the very light drizzle was too much to see out the remainder of the game. A disappointing decision.

Hats off to the Allen brothers who were the pick of our bowling.

Lightcliffe 168 for 7 off 41 overs

Jamie: 13-2-34-1

Josh: 3-1-26-0

Liam: 12-2-55-2

Jacques: 11-3-32-4

Junaid: 2-0-23-0 

Pudsey Congs (10) Lightcliffe (10)

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday August 13th, 2016

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PSL won the toss and batted first on a wicket with a tinge of green. Jamie and Chris opened up and bowled good lines and really put the PSL openers under pressure. Jamie found the break through with 20 on the board snicking Duncan Butler off to James behind the stumps for 9. Archie Scott and Joshua Priestly batted very cautiously and Congs were on top. Liam and Adam replaced the openers and PSL found scoring easier with pace off the ball. Liam managed to deceive Joshua with a full toss to bowling him for 16. 77 for 2. Harry Cullingford and Archie batted more aggressively and pushed the scoring along at five an over before Junaid caught Harry out for 43 off Gopal’s bowling. 157 for 3 with 11 overs remaining. Archie road his luck, getting dropped on 49 to bring up his half century. He was then caught at first slip but the umpire missed the nick and believed that Junaid had bowled a ripper and spun it two foot. Eventually Junaid ran the opener out for 87. 186 for 4.
Joshua Smith (48) and Philip Wilson (43*) started to tee off and with some clean hitting and ill disciplined bowling managed to take the score to 262. 100 runs coming off the last 10 overs.
PSL 262 for 5 off 50 overs
Jamie: 14-3-35-2
Chris: 11-2-32-0
Adam: 5-1-28-0
Liam: 10-1-83-1
Junaid: 7-0-37-0
Gopal: 2-0-12-1
Imran: 1-0-24-0
In reply Congs struggled losing Tom (0) bowled with only 2 on the board. Robert Thornton was managing to get the ball to swing around corners and with the req run rate going up James (2) tried taking the attack to the bowlers but only managed to have his middle stump cart wheeling out of the ground. Jake went for 1 chasing a wide ball and managing to nick it to the keeper. 45 for 3. Imran enjoyed having Joshua Wilson bowling at his pads finding the vacant fine leg region scoring 36 of his eventual 40 runs here before chipping up an easy catch. 47 for 4. Junaid, Ross and Adam all got ducks. 53 for 7. Gopal (10), Jamie (32) and Chris (18*) managed to salvage a hint of respectability before Liam was LBW’d for 0.
Pudsey Congs 116 all out off 36.5 overs
Robert Thornton: 15-9-11-5
PSL (20)beat Pudsey Congs (2) by 146 runs

Hanging Heaton v Pudsey Congs

At Bennett Lane

Saturday August 6th, 2016

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HH won the toss and elected to bat on a hot and sunny day.

Congs opened up with Jamie and Chris and both bowled with control and built pressure. Jamie picked up the first wicket with 11 on the board getting rid of the dangerous Francis Nelson (4) caught by younger brother Jacques. Jamie got the 2nd wicket as well bowling Chris Goodair for 2 off 21 balls after the pressure proved too much. Chris went down with an injured groin in his 3rd over and was unable to take any further part in the game. James brought on Adam from his end and Rob McFarlane started to counter attack and got some much needed boundaries. Adam had the final word removing his middle stump out of he ground for a well made 42.

Junaid came on for Jamie from the top end but struggled to find his length against the experienced Stephen Bourne. Adeel Hafeez supported Stephen well and played in his usual unorthodox manner. These two batted sensibly together and scored at a steady rate building a good partnership. Jacques came on from the top end and produced a Jaffer to bowl Adeel for 48 breaking the 110 run partnership. 186 for 4. Jacques picked up another 2 quick wickets, 1 LBW and 1 bowled. 200 for 6. Stephen then decided he was going to target the short boundary and dispatched Adam over his head for several maximums in his last 2 overs. Jacques picked up the wicket of the talkative #8 with a caught and bowled. Gopal replaced the bowled out Adam and bowled well but fell victim to Stephen’s vintage sweeps and was expensive. He did manage to dismiss the dangerous batter but not before he’d scored 131. Well batted. Jacques deservingly got the final wicket and his 6th of the innings bowling HH skipper John Carruthers for 1 in the 49th over giving Congs 1 extra over to bat with.
Hanging Heaton 276 all out off 48.5 overs
Jamie: 9-4-24-2
Chris: 2.4-0-14-0
Adam: 14.2-2-91-1
Junaid: 6-0-28-0
Jacques: 9.5-0-36-6
Gopal: 6-0-58-1
Congs in reply opened with Tom and James. Tom coming back from a broken finger batted aggressively and hit 4 fours and 1 six in his innings of 33 but was bowled after being frustrated outside his off stump. 64 for 1. Jacques joined James and these two built a fantastic partnership together, Jacques was the aggressor, James who was struggling to time the ball on a slow wicket with no pace on the ball was working the 1s and 2s. Both brought up their half centuries and Congs looked like they were going to canter to victory. Unfortunately the wicket of Jacques for a Bradford League career best of 73 caused the innings to stutter. Adam came in at four and got a golden duck, unfortunately as it appeared to the captain at the non-strikers end that he hit his pad not the ball but was given out caught behind. Ross came in at 5 and started to rebuild putting on 31 together before Ross holed out on the legside boundary for 12. 228 for 4. Jamie came in at 5 and was bowled for 1 playing an aggressive shot to a full delivery. 230 for 5. Matthew came in at 7 but didn’t trouble the scorers being run out after a mix up with the captain – definitely the captains fault. 230 for 6. Junaid was #8 and missed a straight one first ball and was out LBW. 230 for 7. Congs still needed 47 to win and the odds had definitely swung in HH’s favour but James built another partnership with the new batter Gopal and with some hard running really put the HH fielders under pressure. Gopal (8) mistimed a drive giving an easy catch but the 32 run partnership had put Congs into a very competitive position. 262 for 8, 15 runs required off 12 balls. The experienced Andre was the #10 batter. James was only able to get 3 off the penultimate over of the innings, John Carruthers used all his experience and it was difficult to get away. With 12 required off the last over and James on strike Congs still believed the game could be won, but again the bowling of Chris Goodair proved to be tricky to dispatch and we could only get 4 off it, losing by 7 runs.  James ended up on 98*.
It was mixed feelings after the game, we batted probably the best we have this season but dropped catches cost us dearly and we let HH get 25 runs more than they should. A good learning experience for our young side.
Pudsey Congs 269 for 8 off 51 overs
James 98*, Jacques 73, Tom 33. 
Hanging Heaton (19) beat Pudsey Congs (10) by 7 runs. 

Pudsey Congs v Undercliffe

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday July 30th, 2016

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Undercliffe could only manage to field 10 players and on a sunny day Congs won the toss and elected to bat first.


Ross and James opened and were aggressive from the start going along nicely at 6 an over. James was the first wicket to fall getting bowled by the spinner for 43 with the score on 69. Ross got bogged down against the slow bowlers and eventually was caught one handed by Darren Drake for 28. Imran came in and smashed a quick 27 before getting bowled trying to hit one to Bramley. Max and Jacques batted well together but just as the partnership was getting established Max got caught for a well made 28. Jake and Jacques put on 40 together until Jake got strangled down the leg side through to the keeper. Junaid made 16 before chipping up an easy catch and Jamie got bowled first ball. Jacques brought up his 50 and then got out soon after caught and bowled by Mukdas Mohammed. Adam added some late impetus making 29 off just 17 balls. Chris (13) was the last wicket to fall in the 47th over feathering it through to the keeper.


Pudsey Congs 276 all out off 46.4 overs.
James 43, Jacques 50.

Chris and Jamie both took a wicket each in their first spell. Imran replaced Chris and took a wicket in his first over with a neat caught and bowled. He should have had a second with his last ball of the over causing the #5 batter to sky it, however it was dropped. He was on 3 at the time. He then went on to bludgeon 51 before Jamie took a fantastic diving catch off Junaid’s bowling. Junaid broke the next partnership with a superbly flighted leg delivery that did the batter all up and flicked the top of off stump. Chris came back on and picked up 3 quick wickets leaving the last wicket for Adam who bowled a nasty bouncer that the batter could only edge through to James.


Undercliffe 163 all out off 36.3 overs
Jamie: 10-2-26-1
Chris: 8-1-38-4
Imran: 7-0-50-1
Junaid: 7-1-24-2
Jacques: 3-0-20-0
Adam: 1.3-0-8-1

Pudsey Congs (20) beat Undercliffe (8) by 96 runs

Woodlands v Pudsey Congs

At Albert Terrace

Saturday July 23rd, 2016

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Woodlands won the toss and elected to bat on a nice sunny day.

Congs opened up with Jamie and Chris and with Jamie’s third ball shooting through to James ankle off a good length, we wondered what sort of Woodlands wicket we’d be playing on this time! Luckily it was only the odd few that ‘rolled.’ Chris found the breakthrough early on with only 8 on the board snicking off Cieran Garner for 1. Chris also removed #3 batter Jack Carter for 4 forcing his to chip a slower ball up to Ross at mid off. 24 for 2.

Liam Collins played in his usual aggressive style and kept finding the gaps. Liam Brearley rotated the strike well and we bowled a bad ball every over which they always seemed to capitalise on. They were going along nicely at 6 an over. Max and Jacques bowled well but were unable to contain the batsmen so James did a double bowling change and brought Adam and Junaid on. Suddenly dot balls started to add up and we were finally able to apply some pressure to the Woodlands batters. Adam eventually got rid of Liam Collins but not before he’d brought up his century. Ross took a good catch at extra cover dismissing him for 101 – well batted. 180 for 3.

Jack Bleazard (3) came and went quickly Junaid deceived him with a Big Dipper and he could only tap it up to Max on the drive. Rob Medcalf (22) chanced his arm, hit 2 sixes before Adam took the catch of his life on the boundary at long off running around, jumping and catching it two handed above his head! Hats off to you lad… 229 for 5.

Gareth Duckworth came in at 7 and batted in an agricultural but effective way. He bludgeoned 39 off 18 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes. This got Woodlands up to 282 which looked an above par total on a wicket that had a tendency to shoot low at times.

Junaid was the pick of the bowlers, better than his figures show.
Woodlands 282 for 5 off 50 overs
Jamie: 8-3-30-0
Chris: 11-1-47-2
Max: 5-0-30-0
Jacques: 6-1-31-0
Adam: 12-0-69-1
Junaid: 8-0-53-2
In reply Congs got off to a terrible start with James’ third ball pitching short of a length it practically rolled and hit the base of off stump. When it’s not your day, it’s not your day!  Jacques and Max batted wonderfully together, patient at first but aggressive when required and they found the boundary regularly keeping up with the run rate.
Woodlands brought on veteran Philip Walker who bowls gentle grenades and we struggled to score. Jacques tried to break the hold but unfortunately played across a straight one and was bowled for 36. The partnership was 104.
Ross came and went for 4 and then Max (66) was bowled the over after. Congs slumped from 108 for 1 to 114 for 4. Jake (20), Adam (17), Gopal (18) and Jamie (17) all battled bravely but fell for the cause leaving Chris (17*) and Joe (0*) to defend out the last few overs.
Pudsey Congs 212 for 9 off 50 overs
Max 66, Jacques 36.
Woodlands (19) beat Pudsey Congs (6) by 70 runs.

Pudsey Congs v Farsley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday July 16th, 2016

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With James, Adam, Max and Matthew all unavailable for the 2s, and Imran required for the 1s, we fielded an inexperienced team.
Farsley batted first and Congs made use of the new ball getting Farsley 27 for 3. Arslan Mahmood (89*) and Ben Tempest (35) rebuilt the innings and late aggression from Adam Slater (34) and Osama Ahmed (25) got their score to 234. Chris was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 76.
Farsley 234 for 7 off 50 overs
Jamie: 14-1-70-2
Chris: 15-2-76-4
Jacques: 11-1-43-1
Ismail: 8-2-31-0
Joe: 2-0-9-0
In reply Congs’ innings never got going with no one in the top 6 making double figures; 31 for 6. Junaid (11) and Ismail (18) hung around for a while. Chris (21) and Joe (11*) tried getting us to 125 but we fell 30 runs short with us not even batting half of our allotted overs.
Pudsey Congs 95 all out off 23.4 overs.
Farsley (20) beat Pudsey Congs (3) by 139 runs.

Pudsey Congs v New Farnley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday July 9th, 2016

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Saturday started with torrential rain and after a tremendous effort by the Congs lads forking, super sopping and sanddusting, we managed to get the outfield fit for play. Ray Osbourne was umpiring and it was really nice to see another umpire very keen on getting the game on. He even helped with the removal of the sheets!

Congs won the toss and elected to field in a 30 over a side game. We opened the bowling with Jamie and Chris and quickly followed a slight howler, bowling the first over with the New Farnley match ball instead of ours… It didn’t swing an inch!

(It must be said though that Chris looked a little exhausted from his Friday Night gig!!)


NF got off a decent start and had 34 on the board before Jamie got the opening wicket finding the outside edge and James did the rest. Their #3 batter came in and after a few agricultural shots was caught out by Matthew off Chris’ bowling. NF were rotating the strike well and going along nicely at 4 an over. Jamie was given a rest and Adam came on to bowl. The fear of his pace made the #4 batter want to get down to the other end and he set off for a suicidal single only for a bullet throw from Ross getting the direct hit and running him out for 17 with the score on 75 for 3. Max managed to deceive the dangerous Reece Thompson into lobbing back a simple c & b which MB was never going to drop. Max was back in the game a couple of overs later taking an absolute worldy of a catch! NF skipper Joe Suggitt (45) cut the ball hard and it was flying. Max stuck up his hands and snaffled it!  Craig Russell and Chris Blackburn batted well together putting on 57 for the 6th wicket, a mixture of aggressive batting and bowling that was helpful at times meant that the run rate was rattling along. Adam kept his head and got rid of Craig (43) with a slower ball that he could only chip up to Junaid at mid wicket and then Chris (40) was stumped off the final ball of the innings.

New Farnley 180 for 7 off 30 overs

Chris: 9-1-38-1, Jamie: 9-0-40-1, Adam: 9-0-70-3, Max: 3-0-26-1

Tea was amazing again, my highlight being the scrumptious fish finger sandwiches!

In reply Congs looked to start positively and opened with Ross and James. James liked the look of the second ball of the game and dispatched it into the garden for 6. Long off was a permanent fixture from then on. Ross (2) struggled to find fluency and after being frustrated outside his off stump, snicked one behind to the keeper. 20 for 1. Max came in at three and entertained with his usual flare whilst James knocked the ball about for the singles. Shot of the day came from Mr Backhouse who sent the ball for 4 with a delightful reverse sweep off the NF spinner.

With the rain getting harder we had to come off, we did manage a further couple of overs but after the second rain interruption and time running out the captains shook hands and the game was abandoned.

Another frustrating end to a game. We had two batters set, 13 overs left chasing 97 with 9 wickets in hand, 7 runs an over seemed very gettable.

Pudsey Congs 84 for 1 off 16.5 overs.

James 40* and Max 35*

Pudsey Congs (6) New Farnley (6) – match abandoned.

Saltaire v Pudsey Congs

At Roberts Park

Saturday July 2nd, 2016

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Following the heavy morning rain the wicket was very wet when we arrived at 12. However due to the wind and belated sun, it had dried out sufficiently for a 2pm start and a 40 over aside game. Congs won the toss and elected to bowl.

We opened with Jamie and Adam and both failed to find their length or line and gifted the Saltaire openers to some very easy runs.  Jamie managed to dismiss #1 with him gloving off to James behind the stumps. Unfortunately we continued to bowl poorly and runs were flowing. Chris and Jacques replaced the openers and after a couple of interesting overs from Chris we began to put it in the right areas and cause trouble. Jamie came back on from the other end and these 2 bowled very well in tandem. Chris took 2 wickets in 2 balls, the 2nd being a fantastic diving caught and bowled. The Saltaire batters made running look difficult and we managed to get 2 run outs, the second a brilliant direct hit from Adam to dismiss the opener for 97.

Adam took wickets late on but we were unable to take the final wicket. A frustrating innings in the field with only the Saltaire top 3 making double figures, we walked off wondering what could have been if we’d have performed in the first 25 overs.

Saltaire 186 for 9 off 40 overs.  Jamie: 12-1-43-1

Adam: 11-2-48-2

Chris: 12-1-63-4

Jacques: 5-1-24-0

Congs opened with Ross and James. James decided that the best approach would be all out attack and took 16 off the 2nd over of the innings, Saltaire quickly spread the field. Ross was bowled out for a patient 15 and this brought Imran to the crease. Immy continued his skippers style charging his first ball and hitting it over the bowlers head for 4. James found the gaps and pushed 2s, Imran had his eyes on the river and sent 3 balls over the rope towards the water. These two put on 51 before Imran went for one too many and had his poles removed.

Jacques (6) came and went quickly also getting bowled. Matthew (39*) took his time to get his eye in and then with James (82*) built the match winning unbroken partnership of 77. Good to get the victory but a much improved performance with the ball is required for next weeks clash against New Farnley.

Pudsey Congs 187 for 3 off 38 overs

James 82*, Matthew 39*, Imran 32.

Pudsey Congs (17) beat Saltaire (4) by 7 wickets.

Pudsey Congs v Morley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday June 25th, 2016

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With Joe greaves pulling out late due to fitness issues, Chris went up to the 1s. Max hadn’t manage to shake off his Thursday night injury and with Immy and Andre unavailable, Ash stepped up to the plate to help bolster the batting line up.

A Friday spent trying to arrange a team had done nothing to improve the captains mood following the referendum results on Brexit.


Congs won the toss and elected to bat on an absolute road of a wicket. Ross and Liam were watchful against the new ball and most importantly didn’t lose their wickets. As the bowlers tired, Ross helped himself to some lovely boundaries. Liam after riding his luck and getting dropped twice, was eventually bowled going back to a full delivery. Ash and Ross rotated the strike nicely and put on 42 together before Ross was out stumped for a well made 25. Ash was out a few balls later snicking off to a wide tempter. James and Jacques took the game to Morley and really upped the scoring rate with some aggressive shots and some good running turning 1s into 2s. Jacques was caught out on the leg side top edging the off spinner for 14 bringing the partnership of 54 to an end. Matthew came and went cheaply, and then James threw his wicket away on 46 chipping the ball up to mid-on. Junaid went quickly after that and at 134 for 7 Congs were looking like we were falling short of a good total. However with some big hitting 6s from Adam (32) and some good stroking from Gopal (23*) and aggression in the final overs from Tom (21*), we pushed along to 211 for 8 off our 50 overs.

Pudsey Congs 211 for 8
James 46,  Adam 32 and Ross 25.

After a scrumptious tea, Congs felt like we had enough to defend and set about taking the Morley wickets. We opened with Adam & Jamie and Adam got the break through with the score still on 0 with a thin edge through to James. Adam got rid of #3 with probably the best ball of his career nipping back to just clip the top of the off bail. Special mention must go to Jamie who bowled his first 4 overs all as maidens, well played….


Jamie bowled #4 again with an absolute Jaffer and Congs wanted to finish the game off against some agricultural batting. Unfortunately the rain came and after waiting for the overs to be counted down, the game had to be abandoned. Another frustrating English summers day!!!!

Morley 63 for 3 off 18.3 overs
Jamie: 9-4-27-1
Adam: 9-2-34-2


Special mention must go to our stand in scorer Claire Emmett for doing a faultless job.

Yeadon v Pudsey Congs

At White Swan Ground

Saturday June 18th, 2016

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With James in Germany Chris captained the side. Imran had been taken up to the firsts to bolster their tail leaving the 2s with an inexperienced batting line up.

Yeadon batted first and Congs opened with Jamie and Adam, a couple of quick wickets for Adam put Yeadon at 46 for 2. Gopal picked up the next wicket with the score on 91 for 3. Chris came on and picked up a couple of wickets with Adam doing the damage from the other end.

Yeadon 171 for 9 off 50 overs
Jamie: 15-3-52-1
Adam: 15-5-47-4
Jacques: 5-1-25-0
Chris: 12-4-23-2
Gopal: 4-1-13-1

In reply Congs started very cautiously and piled pressure onto themselves. We fell to 18 for 5 with only Max getting into double figures. Liam’s defiance was ended, taking 57 balls to make his 7. Matthew (34) and Jamie (21) added some respectability to the innings but Congs were bowled out for 91.

Pudsey Congs 91 for 10 off 36.1 overs.
Matthew 34.

Yeadon (17) beat Pudsey Congs (4) by 80 runs.

Pudsey Congs v East Bierley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday June 11th, 2016

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Following a wet couple of days, many thought the game could have been in danger of being a washout, but thankfully Saturday morning was only overcast. The outfield was damp but the wicket was hard and dry.

Bierley won the toss and surprisingly elected to bat first.

Ex farsley players James Higgins and Stuart Kirk (both there at the end of season fiasco 3 years ago) opened the batting against the hostile bowling of Jamie Allen and Adam Patrick. Jamie dismissed both of them to fantastic catches, firstly from Imran ‘the cat’ Ahmed and secondly from Liam Stanhope. A special mention to Imran who’s return to the side has seen him take some absolutely blinding catches! Adam gave nothing away from the other end and really tied down the Bierley batters, picking up a good wicket in his final over. Joshua chapman making his second appearance for the 2s bowled accurately and snicked off their #3 for 5 off 55 balls. Jacques and Junaid both bowled with control and as Bierley tried to make a late attack picked up important wickets. Jamie was brought back on to clean up the tail with Junaid.

East Bierley 89 all out off 42.2 overs.

Jamie: 9.2-2-20-4

Adam: 15-6-25-1

Josh: 6-2-10-1

Jacques: 6-0-14-1

Junaid: 6-1-21-3

With the clouds rolling in, Congs were intent on not having another win snatched from them by the weather and opened up with Max and James.

Both played their shots from the off and the Bierley bowlers were unable to halt the charge. Max made use of the surprisingly vacant 3rd man ramping the ball to the boundary for fun. James went ultra aggressive and dominated the bowlers. Both scored 8 boundaries a piece. James scored 6 fours and 2 sixes and Max scored 7 fours and 1 six!!

Both carried their bats and Congs raced to victory in the 9th over with plenty of time to watch the England game in the evening. Well played lads!

Pudsey Congs 91 for 0 off 8.4 overs

Max 41* & James 42*

Pudsey Congs (15) beat East Bierley (0) by 10 wickets.

Pudsey Congs v Lightcliffe

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday June 4th, 2016

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Congs won the toss and batted first feeling confident with having Andre and Immy back in the side.

Due to a mixture of good bowling and loose batting, Lightcliffe ripped through our top order. 0 for 1, 1 for 2, 5 for 3, 13 for 4, 18 for 5, 23 for 6, 28 for 7, 36 for 8, 41 for 9 — pretty much describes a disastrous opening 20 overs. Enter Jamie and Liam. These lads weren’t going to roll over and let Lightcliffe tickle their bellies, these lads showed some true grit and determination! Liam played the holding roll, rotating the strike and this allowed Jamie to be more aggressive, regularly dispatching the Lightcliffe bowlers to the fence! Some beautiful photos showing this lad in action were taken by Michael Laprocina.


Jamie was eventually caught out on 60 after achieving his first Bradford League half century of his career. Liam made 24*. A brilliant effort by these lads got us up to 124, and more importantly deflated the Lightcliffe lads.

Pudsey Congs 124 all out off 42.4 overs
Jamie 60, Liam 24*

After quite possibly the best cricket tea in the country provided by the ever joyful Jayne, we set to the task of defending 124.

We opened up with Jamie and Adam, the Lightcliffe openers were very watchful. Jamie made the breakthrough finding the edge and was caught behind. Adam got rid of the other opener plum LBW, although James was convinced he’d got him out stumped the previous ball. The third wicket fell to a good bit of fielding from Liam who threw accurately over the stumps and James flicked the bails off to run him out. Jacques replaced his brother and really found his line and length and smothered the Lightcliffe batting who really struggled to get him away, as they tried to force it a chance came and it was well held by Liam. Gopal was brought on once Adam had bowled his 15 overs and got rid of the #4 batter who was looking dangerous on 31. The score was 82 for 6 and Congs smelt victory.


Unlike the Lightcliffe bowlers in the 1st innings we didn’t take our foot off the gas and rattled through the last 4 wickets with Jacques getting three of them and Gopal another one.

What a tremendous victory from the claws of defeat!

Lightcliffe 97 all out off 42.3 overs
Jamie: 10-3-23-1
Adam: 15-3-52-2
Jacques: 11.3-5-16-4
Gopal: 6-3-5-2

Pudsey Congs (15) beat Lightcliffe (5) by 27 runs!!

Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

At Tofts Rd

Monday May 30th, 2016

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Match report by Captain James Lindley – Dawe

PSL won the toss and batted on a cloudy and chilly Bank Holiday Monday.
Congs opened up with Jamie & Chris and PSL openers struggled to score runs. Jamie bowled some absolute Jaffers and was unlucky not to get any rewards for his efforts. His opening spell of 8 overs only went for 21 runs. Jacques got the break through in the 16th over with the score on 39 and Adam picked up a wicket in the over after. Jacques snicked off the other opener and at the score at 62 for 3 at half way Congs were on top.
Harry Cullingford (87) and Josh Smith (79*) batted very patiently and worked the singles well and put on 171 together for the 4th wicket. Jacques was the pick of the bowlers.
PSL ended up on 233 for 5 off 50 overs.
Jamie: 14-1-73-1
Chris: 12-1-54-1
Jacques: 13-3-38-2
Adam: 10-1-40-1
In reply Congs’ innings never got started. We went from 15 for 1 to 15 for 4 and the game was over. James (40) battled but there was a lack of support from the other end with no one else getting into double figures.
Pudsey Congs 83 all out off 37.2 overs
James 40
PSL (19) beat Congs (2) by 140 runs

Pudsey Congs v Hanging Heaton

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday May 28th, 2016

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Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

Our second XI climbed to the top of the table with brilliant win over a typically strong Hanging Heaton side.


The Bennett Lane boys set of at a cracking rate despite some good bowling from Jamie Allen and Chris Doey. Francis Nelson in his own style blitzed his way to speedy 74 and Rob McFarland looked quality with 52. When the heat was on Jacques Allen bowled some accurate off spin but at 160 for 3 things looked bleak from the Congs point of view. The reintroduction of Doey and Jamie Allen changed all that, wickets started to fall (one each top caught and bowled) and they ran through the tail finishing 185 all out. Four for Jamie, three for Chris, and two for Jacques, well bowled lads!

With extra overs donated, the Congs batters set about a steady approach, no rush, bat as long as you can! Captain James Lindley-Dawe abandoned his usual cavalier style and built an innings of importance, defending well and despatching the poor delivery to the boundary. James was controversially run out matters looked difficult after his effort for 48. Gopal too played his part but no one could have forecast the wonderful partnership of 81 between Adam Patrick and Jamie Allen that developed before our eyes! Adam striking the ball in excellent fashion (4×4, 3×6) in an apparent nerveless display, which also enjoyed some top class running between the wickets, Superb. A fine advert for second team cricket, very competitive, not too much bite and good skills exhibited by both teams.


A joy to watch, well played all 22 players.

Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

At Intake Rd

Saturday May 21st, 2016

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Match report by Captain James Lindley – Dawe

On a fresh and drizzly day, Congs won the toss and elected to bowl first on a wicket that looked like it would do a bit. The crack running across it on a good length certainly excited the bowlers. With Jake going up into the 1s and Liam having a spa weekend, it saw Matthew and Joe make their first appearances in the 2s this season.
Chris and Jamie opened the bowling but both struggled to find any real rhythm. After only 5 overs being bowled the rain came and we were off for an entertaining hour of changing room cricket streamed live by Chris to his hoards of fans.
When we were back on we had lost 12 overs play. Darren Drake the Undercliffe captain played an aggressive innings with 2 sixes and 3 fours before being caught out by Adam off Chris for 33 with the score on 45 for 1.  Undercliffe kept finding the boundary regularly and we found it difficult to sustain any pressure. Congs found more success by taking the pace off the ball. 57 had been put on for the 2nd wicket before Jamie took a good catch off Adams bowling finding the much needed break through. 102 for 2 with 20 overs left Congs had a lot to do.
Adam (5) and Jacques (3) bowled brilliant in tandem and we slowed the scoring rate right down whilst also picking up wickets regularly. Adam got rid of the other opener Philip Dixon (54) with a well judged catch at mid-on by Junaid. Undercliffe declared after 44 overs (to enable an equal overs aside match) on 157 for 9. Frustrating that we couldn’t pick up the final wicket and get the last bowling point but a massive improvement in the second half of the innings.
Undercliffe 164 for 9 declared of 44 overs 
Jamie: 9-1-31-0
Chris: 9-0-42-1
Adam: 13-1-51-5
After a delicious corned beef pie for tea, Congs opened with Andre and Max and both looked to be positive and punish the bad balls. Max scored 5 fours in his 26 before edging it to the keeper. James joined Andre and scored 14 in his first over. Clouds were rolling in and we knew that the rain was coming. Andre was sweeping like Trigger and together they put on 67 before James (31) chased a wide one and ‘toed’ it through to the keeper. 52 runs required with 27 overs remaining but would the weather hold?
Jacques came in at 4 and kept the scoring going, Andre brought up his 50 in style and Congs were getting closer to a well deserved victory.  Unfortunately with 19 runs required and 17 overs remaining the heavens opened and play was over.
Pudsey Congs 146 for 3 off 28.5 overs
Andre 57*, James 31, Max 26.
We got 8 points which keeps us 2nd in the league but massively disappointing not to have made up more ground on the leaders Hanging Heaton before next weeks head to head at the Brit!

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Hanging Heaton v Pudsey Congs

Priestley Shield First Round

At Bennett Lane

Sunday May 15th, 2016

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Match report by Captain James Lindley – Dawe

After the phenomenal performance the day before, Congs were feeling confident but knew it was going to be a difficult fixture against the current league leaders. Jake and Chris came into the team for Ash and Joe. Slightly cooler and with more cloud cover than the day before, the track looked good to bat on. Congs won the toss and batted first.

Ross and Max opened up again and survived the early pressure from the experienced HH attack. Both capitalised on the bad balls which started to come more regularly as the opening bowlers tired and were replaced. Ross delighted the ‘Congs corner’ supporters with some delicious cut shots.  Ross eventually fell for 66, a wonderful effort in only his 2nd match for the 2XI. With the score at 136 for 1 and 20 overs remaining, Congs looked to push the scoring rate up but Jake, James and Gopal all fell quickly and we slumped to 150 for 4. Jacques full of confidence from his knock the game before settled the innings down and batted well with Max stealing singles inside the ring. Max was eventually out caught for 77.

Junaid (34) and Jacques (32) put on valuable runs at the back end of the innings. One of the highlights was when HH brought all the field in close for Junaid, only to have him smash the ball over the deep square boundary for 6! The field soon spread.

Congs 250 for 9 off 50 overs

Ross 66, Max 77, Jacques 34, Junaid 32.

Congs opened the bowling with Jamie and Chris and both looked threatening, however runs started to come in the form of extras, especially leg side wides. Chris took the first wicket dismissing the dangerous Oliver Newton (12.) We then didn’t take our chances, dropped catches and missed run outs allowed HH to pile on 141 for the 2nd wicket partnership.

Jamie bowled some absolute jaffers but luck just wasn’t on his side and he failed to find the edge of the bat. Chris came back on for one over and broke the partnership bowling Francis Nelson 3 runs short of his century. With the score on 171 for 2 with 19 overs remaining HH where clearly in the driving seat. Adam took two quick wickets to bring the game back into the balance but with us still unable to dismiss Stephen Bourne (77*), HH knocked off the winning runs in the 48th over.

Hanging Heaton 252 for 5 off 47.3 overs.

Jamie 10 – 2 – 35 – 0

Chris 10 – 2 – 45 – 2

Adam 10 – 2 – 53 – 3

Jacques 10 – 0 – 62 – 0

Jake 2 – 0 – 23 – 0

Gopal 4.3 – 0 – 24 – 0

Junaid 1 – 0 – 3 – 0

Hanging Heaton beat Pudsey Congs by 5 wickets

Pudsey Congs v Woodlands

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday May 14th, 2016

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Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe


Congs were seeking revenge for the Cup defeat last season and won the toss and batted first on a hot day and a road of a wicket.

Ross made his debut for the 2s and opened the batting with inform Max. Ross got  good ball early on and was dismissed cheaply. Ash (returning after a long absence from the team) struggled to find fluency and got LBW’d for 5. This brought James to the crease and with some aggressive batting and good running runs started to be put on the board. A partnership of 60 was broken when Max (40) pulled a long hop to square leg. James (29) fell straight after drinks holing out to long on and with the score on 90 for 4, many feared a batting collapse which has plagued Congs 2XI in recent seasons. However this was not to be! Gopal and Jacques regularly found the fence with Jacques sending two into the houses at the far side of the Brit.

These two put on 111 together with Jacques scoring 57 and Gopal 43. Congs then had a mini collapse going from 201 for 4 to 201 for 7! Jamie (14) and Adam (14) stopped the rot putting on vital runs at the end ensuring that we got maximum batting points. Liam and Joe finished the overs off with a final total of 242 for 9 off 50 overs. Helped I must say by the 35 extras!

Pudsey Congs 242 for 9

Max 40, James 29, Jacques 57 and Gopal 43.

Following a late call up for Chris to the 1s, Congs opened the bowling with Jamie and Adam. Both were right on the money and with the ball nipping off the seam, the Woodlands top order were left answerless. Jamie took the first 5 wickets and with Woodlands only on 33, Congs were in the driving seat. Adam slaved away from the other end and was unfortunate not to pick up a wicket.

Stuart Nichols (41) and Captain Steve Pearson (28) gave some respectability to their innings but when Jacques and Gopal removed them respectively, Woodlands were left floundering on 91 for 7. A late flurry from the Woodlands tail brought the total up to 142 but Jamie finished off the innings sticking Kieran Rodger (23) off with James doing the rest.


Woodlands 142 all out off 42.2 overs.

Jamie 11.2 – 2 – 27 – 6 Adam 15 – 1 – 41 – 0

Jacques 10 – 0 – 52 – 2 Gopal 6 – 1 – 16 – 2

Pudsey Congs (20) beat Woodlands (5) by 100 runs.

Farsley v Pudsey Congs

At Red Lane

Saturday May 7th, 2016

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On a lovely hot and sunny day, Congs won the toss and elected to bat.

With Tom Elliott breaking his finger during training on Tuesday, Joe Stolarski stepped up to the plate changing places with Tom who did the scoring duties. Andre and Max opened up the batting and were both watchful and disciplined against the Farsley openers putting on 50 runs together before Andre (27) got a good ball which nipped back up the hill. Gopal came in at three but didn’t last long as he was run out going for a tight single. This wicket brought James into the crease with a solid foundation set he was able to play his shots and get the run rate increasing. The strike was being regularly rotated and Congs were on top. Our horde of supporters were certainly letting Farsley know about it. These two put on 73 for the 3rd wicket partnership before James (40) mistimed a leg glance and was caught at midwicket. Max (47) was bowled soon after with the score 143 for 4 with 15 overs left, the game was finely poised.

Jacques and Junaid both fell cheaply and it was beginning to look like the wheels were falling off the innings until Chris came to the crease and stroked a brilliant 31* with support from Adam and Jamie.

Congs finished the Innings on 200 for 8 off 50 Overs.

Max 47, James 40, Chris 31*, Andre 27.

After a light tea, Congs bowlers Jamie and Adam were straight at Farsley keeping the batters on their toes. Ex Congs player Adam Slater struggled to find any form and soon had his off stump removed by Jamie who repeated the act on Farsley’s number 3 batter. Adam was economical from the other end but without much penetration however the strangling of runs allowed regular wickets from the other end with only their captain Matthew Green (41) offering much resistance. A brilliant catch by Max (‘Who are you?’) off Chris’s bowling removed the oppositions skipper and with the score at 75 for 5 Congs took their foot off the gas and sloppiness started to creep in. The Farsley batters started chancing their arm and boundaries started to come freely.

Liam took back some control with 2 quick wickets but this brought the dangerous Karl Morris to the crease with the score at 109 of 7 with 11 overs left. Karl took a liking to Liam’s bowling sending 3 balls to cow for 4. Runs were starting to come a bit too easily for Congs liking and so Jamie was brought back on to break the partnership, he found the edge of Haroon Mahmood (18) and James did the rest. The partnership between Karl and Haroon was 59. With the score on 168 for 8 with three left the game was all but over, the final two wickets fell in the last over with a run out following a powerful throw in from the boundary from Andre and then an accurate Yorker again from Jamie getting rid of Karl for a well-made 43.

Farsley 178 all out off 49.4 overs.

Jamie: 12.4 – 5 – 42 – 4

Adam: 15 – 1 – 38 – 0

Chris: 11 – 2 – 27 – 3

Jacques:  5 – 1 – 17 – 0

Liam: 6 – 0 – 47 – 2

Pudsey Congs (19) beat Farsley (7) by 22 runs.

New Farnley v Pudsey Congs

At the Barry Jackson Ground

Saturday April 30th, 2016

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Match rained out

Pudsey Congs v Saltaire

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday April 23rd, 2016

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Match report by Captain James Lindley-Dawe

Gopal Makwana, Max Backhouse and Jacob Holling were all making their debuts in a side that has definitely been strengthened over the winter break.
Congs won the toss and on a dry but cloudy day elected to bowl. Harris and Jamie opened up for the Congs and immediately put Saltaire under pressure with some very accurate bowling. The ball was nipping around off the seam and both bowlers were putting it in the right areas. Harris made the breakthrough, clipping the top of the off stump.  Harris picked up another three wickets, 2 bowled and 1 caught (Gopal tried his best to drop it!) Jamie at the other end was very unlucky not to get more rewards for his brilliant bowling but still managed to pick up 2 wickets, 1 bowled and a spectacular caught and bowled. Gopal was involved again when Saltaire went for a quick single and accurately rolled it in allowing James to demolish the stumps for the run out. Liam came on and cleaned up the tailenders with 3 LBWs. A fantastic effort in the field, the intensity was right up there and Congs showed that killer instinct that was lacking in games last season.
Saltaire 38 all out off 18.0 overs
Tom and Jake opened the batting in a watchful fashion and after neutralising the openers, cashed in on the 1st change bowlers. A really professional job.
Pudsey Congs 41 for 0 off 12.5 overs.
Jacob 25*
Tom 15*
Pudsey Congs (15) beat Saltaire (0) by 10 wickets.