2017 – Academy & Juniors

Under 9’s

Pudsey Congs v East Bierley

at the Brit

Wednesday June 7th , 2017

Match Report by Joe Royce

After two full days of consistent rain, East Bierley arrived at the Strikes CS Britannia Ground on Wednesday evening. Batting first on the dried out track, they struggled to come by runs with some good bowling spells along with too many wides. Wickets were shared throughout the team, with Connor Lally taking his 1st wicket. The pick of the bowlers was Jack Falarty, opening up with a wicket maiden and followed up with a maiden over. Also to mention Captain Artie Holdsworth, who went for 2 runs from his 2 overs, (from a wide) finishing with a wicket maiden.

Jack Falarty 2-2-0-1

Artie Holdsworth 2-1-2-1

Connor Lally- 2 – 0- 8- 1

Isaac Ellam 2 – 0 -10 -1

Lily Fae Hullah 2-0-8-1

East Bierley 226/5

Having being set a relatively low score the batters were sent out with the orders of batting sensibly and defending their wicket. Once again the batting pairings worked really well. One free scoring with boundaries and singles a plenty, whilst their partner ably held up their end, defending their wicket and rotating the strike.

Isaac Ellam 13

Lauren Hill 13

Artie Holdsworth 12

Jack Falarty 12

One high scorer from each pair saw the Pudsey Congs batters post a final score of 296/4 winning by 70 runs.

The team performed well in this match, batting well and reaching a high total. We will need to work on our bowling as there were too many wides and extras afforded to the opposition. At this level the amount of wides can decide a game.

3 wins out of 3 for the under 9’s now. Looking ahead to Farsley, the Congs will have some changes to their line up over the coming weeks and will test our strength in depth.

Pudsey St Lawrence Girls v Pudsey Congs

at Tofts Road

Wednesday May 31st , 2017

Match Report by Joe Royce

On Wednesday evening the Pudsey Congs under 9’s team, fresh after their victory over the Pudsey St Lawrence A team, travelled up the road to take on the newly formed PSL girls side. Winning the toss Artie decided to field as this had served us well in the previous match.

Debutant Miles Ellam opened the bowling with his older brother Isaac. After a strong opening pair the Congs bowlers did well to contain the runs and with regular wickets, pegged back the score. The Congs managed to restrict the PSL girls to a total of 242/5

Artie Holdsworth 2 – 0 – 9 – 3

Lily-Faye Hullah 2 – 0 – 3 – 2

Rayyan Mohammed 2 – 0 – 8 – 2

Jack Falarty 2 – 0 – 9 – 1

The Congs batters went out looking to emulate the excellent running between the wickets displayed by the St Lawrence girls. The scoreboard continued to tick over throughout the innings. A few wickets came from some good bowling and left the match poised with the final pair going in. Some clever batting from Jack and Rayyan at the end ensuring that we did not lose runs through wickets saw us home for a 10 run victory.

Pudsey Congs 252/4

Lauren Hill 10

Rayyan Mohammed 9

Artie Holdsworth 8

A close game and a strong test for our under 9’s side. They managed the game very well, sticking to the task, not panicking and working well together. New players came in and worked well alongside those established pairings. Another strong performance and onto East Bierley next week.

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence “A”

at the Brit

Wednesday May 24th , 2017

Match Report by Joe Royce

The opening game of the season and Pudsey Congs Under 9’s hosted Pudsey St Lawrence at the Strikes CS Britannia Ground with the wicket and outfield in excellent condition alongside perfect cricketing weather.

New Captain Artie Holdsworth lost the toss and PSL decided to bat first. The St Lawrence batters were quick running between the wickets and steadily built a score. Regular wickets, which included a run out alongside an impressive catch from Lauren Hill, pegged them back and they finished on a total of 241 -6.

Connor Lally 2-0-10-2

Artie Holdsworth 2-0-2-3

Jack Falarty 2-0-8-1

Its fair to say that Pudsey Congs didn’t get off to the best start in their innings; losing 3 wickets in the first four overs. This saw our score drop as low as 192. There was no panic and the runs started to flow. Debutant Connor Lally picking up 7 runs. The next two pairings saw one player scoring the majority of the runs whilst their partner capably held up their end, protecting their wicket.

With 4 overs left the final pair of Jack and Rayyan went in. Rayyan being bowled first ball set up a tense final few overs. Once again the Congs batsmen didn’t panic and kept ticking on the runs. Finally, requiring 6 runs from the final over, a grandstand finish! Rayyan hit a well timed legside boundary which brought the scores level with 2 balls to go. A dot ball followed leaving scores tied on the last ball. The congs batters ran and managed to get a bye to seal the match.

Lauren Hill 12

Rayyan Mohammed 11

Artie Holdsworth 9

A fantastic allround team performance, in which every player contributed. The team showed great maturity to bounce back after wickets and stick to the task. They also showed great togetherness in their celebrations. A competitive game of cricket with fine margins in which we managed to get over the line.

Under 13’s

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence


Thursday May 18th, 2017

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

A sterner test this week as we hosted our neighbours from up road. After a wet day the evening turned out bright & sunny albeit very cold.

PSL won the toss & elected to bat first. Ben striking early to remove no. 2 Storr for 3 to be followed soon after by no.3 batsman Macdonald. Opener Moss & no.4 Jackson both batted well in the conditions retiring on 30 & 33 respectively. The lower order not adding too many but with extras of 19 the innings closed on 109 for 5 off 20 overs.

With our young batting line up this was going to be an interesting response to a par score posted by the visitors.

With KK falling for 8 & Dom failing to trouble the scorers, it was left to Sabir & Flinn to keep us in the game. Sabir fell on 28 & Flinn reached 20 before time caught up with us & we ran out of overs 20 runs short of the target.

A very good game played in the right spirit & although we came up short, a loss I think the lads will have learnt from.

Match Centre Scoreboard

Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs


Thursday May 11th, 2017

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

A new season & a new team as we turned up to Undercliffe on a chilly evening.

Electing to bat first openers KK & Sabir set about demolishing our hosts bowling attack. KK was the first to retire on 31, soon to be followed by Sabir & Dom. Ben finished two runs short as we ran out of overs with a cameo innings of 11 from Flinn.

The Congs innings ending on 152 from 20 overs.

In response Undercliffe’s inexperienced side were up against it with wickets falling steadily throughout the innings with only no. 2 batsmen Ali scoring 24 before being bowled by Niall giving him his first victim on his debut. The innings coming to an end in 18.3 overs all out for 74.

Pick of the bowlers was Paddy returning figures of 2.3 overs 3 wkts for 5 runs. An outstanding effort on debut.

Match Centre Scorecard

East Ardsley v PCCC Academy

At The Pastures, New Lane

Sunday August 13th, 2017

On a lovely afternoon for cricket, a pretty youthful side went on their travels to East Ardsley and were met by a rather more experienced and strong looking side. The wicket looked very dry and the more mature members of the side suspected it may be a difficult afternoon.

EA batted first and set off at a fast pace striking boundaries regularly and rattled past 50 off the bowling of Jay and Wiz, but with Lewis and Paddy bringing himself on, the boys struck 4 times in quick succession, Paddy with 2, Lewis with 1 and a sharp run out, we were back in the game, 75-4. An excellent partnership in the middle overs pushed the EA total past 150 and a big score looked on the horizon.

By Paddy then asked Andre to bowl ‘one over’, and with it he managed to skittle the dangerous looking Chapman for 44, so Stol got another over! The next over, he got another and was asked to keep going! Another over and another wicket! Stol was quickly becoming the ‘death bowler’, he struck again in the final over, Stol finishing with 4-23 and EA finally finished on 202-8, a healthy total, but could have been much more, if it wasn’t for the lads sticking to their tasks, catching everything and chasing every ball, a splendid effort for a young side against a formidable looking opponent.

A bountiful tea followed and we were ready to have a bat, Paddy opted for a heavy roller and it seemed to kill any life that was in the pitch and from the off, batting looked difficult and bowling began to get lower and lower. With the exception of Tom Ell (14) who dug in at one end, Wiz (5), Jay (0), Linnerz (0), Liam (0), Paddy (4), Dedders (3) and Lewis (0), all came and went and with the score on 33-8, we were really staring down the barrel! It was left to the legend that is John Patrick (6), who came out of retirement to help out and Andre (14) and 11 year old Zak (6 not out) to plunder the bowling for a few overs, but it was in vain as we were skittled out for 60.

An excellent first half, but a not so good second half!

Soundly beaten by a much better and stronger side, but we played with a smile on our face and you simply cannot knock the effort.

EA 202-8

A Stol 4-23

A Patrick 2-21

PCCC 60-10

Tom E 14

A Stol 14 

EA win by 142 runs

Hunslet Nelson v PCCC Academy

At Gypsy Lane

Sunday August 6th, 2017

PCCC 119-10

Joe Stolarski 48

HN 122-6

HN won by 4 wickets

PCCC Academy v Farsley

At The Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Sunday July 9th, 2017

Match report by Andre Stolarski

A stunning sunny, warm afternoon welcomed our close neighbours and defending MYSL champions to the Britannia ground, in what promised to be a good game of cricket.

Both sides fielding young, but experienced cricketers. Skipper Paddy thankfully won the toss and decided to bat first on a very flat looking deck with a tinge of green. Tom and Wiz opened up and expertly negotiated the first ten overs with little worry, 32-0. Wiz then uncharacteristically missed a straight one (10) and Tom nicked off to slip who took a sharp catch (21). Keegan and Joe got the scoreboard ticking and after Keegan fell for an excellent 23, Joe and paddy set about the Farsley attack. When it started to look like a long afternoon for the visitors and the score over 100, Joe was mightily unlucky to be bowled off his thigh pad for a confident boosting 29. Paddy continued to attack the bowling but was finding it difficult to keep partners as wickets were falling at the other end, Jacko (3), Fergy (0), Chill (9) and Macca (1) all came and went in quick succession. Enter Jay, who clearly decided that he would stop the rot and proved an excellent foil for Paddy, Jay knocking about the 1s and Paddy more aggressive. Paddy soon retired for an excellent half century, Stol came in and tried to push the score on, whilst Jay continued to push the ball around, Stol was caught for 10, but this enable to bring Paddy back in for the last couple of overs. With a couple of swipes, Paddy (62) and Jay (16) were undefeated and the score finished for a ‘par’ of 210-9.  Certainly something to bowl at, over to the bowlers!!

A hearty tea, as always, was devoured and off the Congs boys went to defend their total. As usual, jacko and Joe opened up and Jacko removed the opener first ball of the innings with a good catch by Keegan at cover. Joe removed the other opener and after 10 overs, the game was poised at 41-2, but the very dangerous Adam Slater was at the crease and the boys felt, he was the key wicket and would dictate the game. Slater started to move through the gears striking boundaries for fun and backed up by Holland (30) and Sudair (25), the score was 115-4, Slater moved into the 40s and looked imperious!!
They might have Slater but we have Wiz and an excellent battle between bat and ball ensued, Slater trying to be aggressive at every opportunity against our leg spinner! WIz was patient and made Slater dance down the wicket, missing and Macca made no mistake whipping off the bails, Slater (for a classy 47) and possibly Farsley were gone? WIckets continued to tumble as he Congs tightened the screw and dispite a late flourish from Kazaifa (26 not out), Farlsey ended the innings on 164-9, some 46 runs short. An most excellent all round performance with everyone contributing. Special mention to the juniors, Joe and Jacko consistent as always, Wiz continues to develop and has an excellent cricket career before him and Jay who was excellent with the bat ensuring we got over the 200 mark and Chill who bowled at the death with no luck and deserved at least a couple of wickets, but both their fielding was stupendous, diving, stopping and chasing every ball, which the umpires awarded them both a league fielding point, no one would argue with that! Next 2 fixtures are home and away to the ‘up roaders’, let’s see what that brings.

PCCC 210-9
Patrick 62no
J Stolarski 29
Slater 5-43

Slater 47
Holland 30
Wizniewski 3-32

PCCC win by 46 runs

Farsley v PCCC Academy

At Red Lane

Sunday June 11th, 2017

PCCC 151-9 – Tom Elliot 47, Adam Patrick 52*
Farsley 154-0  A Slater 91*, A Mahmood 52*
Farsley won by 10 wickets

PCCC Academy v Hunslet Nelson

At The Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Sunday May 14th, 2017

Match report by Andre Stolarski

The best weather day of the cricket season welcomed us as we took on new opponents, Hunslet Nelson, down at the Brit.

 We had several debutants of which three were from our Under 15 age group,   fixture which would give them valuable experience in their cricketing development.  Stan won the toss and chose to bat on what looked like a belter. Opening up was Tom Elliott and young Liam Holgate and they were faced with an early hostile spell from the HNCC opener, S Shaikh, it’s fair to
say Liam had never faced such pace or venom, but he stood his ground for several overs and taking the odd single, before he succumbed for 7 to Shaikh’s barrage. Joe Stol was next in and after clipping a huge 6 off his legs, he chopped on for 8. Macca came and went for 4, next in was Jacko and along with the anchor of Tom began to build a total. After a splendid 24, Jacko nicked off. Next was another debutant, Adeetha Dissanyaka who started with   flurry of boundaries before digging in. On 34, with little effort, Adeetha was caught. With Dedders (0), newbie  Mitchell Boocock (0) and Jay Turnbull (11) all departing and Tom E reaching an excellent half century and retiring, it was down to the ‘vets’ of Stol and Stan to bat out the last few overs. Stan nudged the 1’s, whilst quite uncharacteristically Stol took a liking to the opposition bowling and plundered several boundaries, which included the biggest 6 of the day into the neighbouring houses. Stan was bowled (8) in the last over and Tom E came back in and assisted Stol push the total to a rather challenging 198-9, Tom 55no and Stol 28no. Could the young gun bowling attack back up a pretty good first half?

As always a belly-busting tea followed and then the usual combo of Joe and Jacko opened up and despite Joe removing the opener J Smiths off stump, after 10 overs HNCC were 40-1, the young opener Sam Haigh looking very impressive. Macca (0-20) and Dedders (0-20) bowled next and whilst not being expensive, wickets were had to come by and barring a confusion and a run out, HNCC looked well set at drinks at 86-2, young Haigh on 32no. It was Jay and Mitch’s turn next and the runs continued to rack up and eventually the breakthrough came with a cluster of 3 wickets, 2 for Jay (2-33) and 1 for Mitch (1-30) which included the very talented young opener, Haigh who hopped on for an outstanding 68. With the score on 147-5 with 10 overs left, it was definitely ‘GAME ON’!

Shaikh then entered the fray and despite the efforts of Adeetha (0-21) and the returning Jacko (0-48) and Joe (1-20), Shaikh simply took the game away from us with a super knock of 50, with both aggression and touch, which our attack could not stop. HNCC got home with 3 overs to spare and ran out deserved winners.

From our point of view, the batting was solid, the ground fielding was excellent, the catches were taken and whilst the bowling could have been better, it was simply a case that we didn’t do much wrong, but were beaten by the better team.

Quick thanks from Stan and I to the umpires, Dom Allen and Tony Howe who congratulated both teams on an excellent days cricket, to Zak Stol who scored and operated the box on his own for the first time (this was also mentioned by the umpires) and to the crowd who stayed and encouraged the boys to the end, even a 10 minute rain shower could not dampen! It was very much appreciated.

Next game in 3 weeks, is the ‘up roaders, can’t wait for that!!!

PCCC 198-9
T Elliott 55no
A Dissanyaka 34
A Stolarski 28no

HNCC 201-5
S Haigh 68
S Shaikh 50ret

HNCC win by 5 wickets

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Cleckheaton v PCCC Academy

At Moorend

Sunday April 23rd, 2017

Match report by Andre Stolarski

A bright, sunny afternoon with a chilly breeze welcomed the start of the MYSL season at Cleckheaton and what looked like two well matched sides, with a good blend of youth and experience on both teams.

A decent crowd had turned out too to watch, on this late Spring day. CCC decided to bat first on a good looking deck and after an impeccable minutes silence held by both teams for our recently departed President, Steve Raistrick, the action got under way with Joe and Jacko opening the attack and began this year, pretty much where they left off last year. With the exception of the experienced opener Russ Noble, the home side were soon in trouble at 47-4, Joe and Jacko (2-28) bagging two wickets each.

The middle overs were shared by debutant spin bowler Wiz (1-23), Dedders (2-24) and the very unlucky Chill (0-28) who kept a lid on the middle order, took regular wickets and with the back-up of excellent fielding and good catching, after 30 overs the scoreboard showed 105-7. Noble had kept the innings together and retired on 50, before came back in for the last few overs. Skipper Stan decided to give Denty (who was playing his first EVER game of cricket) a bowl and low and behold he snaffled a wicket with his fourth ball (1-13). A late flurry of runs was soon put to a halt with the return of Joe who wrapped up the tail with aplomb finishing with figures of 4-24.

An excellent display which left CCC probably 20-30 under par, but could our young guns chase the total down?

CCC 146 all out
J Stolarski 4-24
R Noble 67no

After a hearty tea with the biggest cake selection you have seen for many a moon, Wiz and Paddy opened up. Wiz began very watchfully, but solid whilst Paddy accelerated the scoreboard along and when he was bowled by young Ethan Lee for 36, the score was already 57. The total kept ticking nicely along with Huffers (2), Joe (11), Dedders (12) and the ever helpful extras (19), Wiz was growing more confident and fluent, he reached a fabulously match winning 50 with the score well over 100. With the landmark in his back pocket, a late flourish ably backed up by Jacko (3no) saw Wiz bring us home with a chance-less, patient and well balanced knock of 65no, well beyond his years. Well played, young man!

PCCC 148-4
Wizniewski 65no
Patrick 36
E Lee 3-23

A great start to the season, well deserved win, everyone contributed and it was played by both sides with a smile on their faces.  More of the same please, chaps.  Well done.

I have been asked to nominate a #TREASURERSTOL MAN OF THE MATCH/MOMENT OF THE MATCH every game, so here goes!

This week, the nominations were a salmon-like grab by Stan at mid-wicket and the excellent bowling of Joe Stol, but my #TSMOM goes to the very impressive young man, Sam WIZ, for a flawless 65no.