2017 – Bradford Premier League 1st Team

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Bradford Premier League 1st Team  

Match Reports 2017

Final League Position = 12th, 161 Points


Pudsey Congs v Bradford & Bingley

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday August 26th

Matchball Sponsor – Kathleen Bales

Match report by Mick Hirst

Pudsey Congs 187 -8

Bradford & Bingley  157 all out

Congs kept alive  their Premier League hopes with a 30 run victory over Bradford & Bingley  at the Strikes Britannia Ground on Saturday.

Batting first on a good pitch, the Congs openers Akhtar and Ford found batting difficult against the excellent  Hartley and Abbas. Having played well, Akhtar fell adjudged LBW to Abbas, soon followed by  Wheatley caught behind off the same bowler.  Amjad joined Ford and steadily built the innings against the spin of Ali. When Ford departed after a resolute 28, Hussain and then Nissar aided Amjad to build the innings. A superb Amjad innings ended on 80, made off 87 balls with 2 sixes and 7 fours. Very well played. Congs 187 – 8 (50 overs).

Congs struck early , Edgar caught behind off Holling second ball. Donnelly 2-22 also bowling  well as Grace and Clow found the going tough. The screw tightened when Wheatley removed Clow and then the dangerous Noman Ali in a terrific spell 4-46 off 15. Zahid also backing him up with 1-33 off 12.  Despite a fine 50 from Hartley, Congs ran out deserved winners by 30 runs. An excellent all round performance,  fielding and catching  spot on at the Britannia.

On to Lightcliffe next week, Well done

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday August 12th

Matchball Sponsor – Peter Marsh

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

After a dismal performance at East Bierley, Congs emerged as born again cricketers to compete wholeheartedly in a game that was well fought and ended at approximately 20:00 hours with high excitement which illustrated perfectly the passion for cricket in our area.

In scoring 161 Congs were hugely indebted to Irfan who batted with skill, style, and most of all patience, for 106 balls before being chaotically run out a horrible mix up with his Captain. He scored 50, very well played. He was supported by Zahid 26, (partnership 51)and Donnelly with a well struck 22. Finally Butt and Holling added 19 vital runs for the last wicket. Charles Parker was the pick of the attack creating good bounce and pace with 5 for 3 and the rest of bowlers kept a lid on the scoring rate.

So did the opening attack for Congs, Holling and Donnelly bowling 93 balls together to limit the top Bradford League openers Robertshaw and Waite in scoring jointly 33. Wheatley entered the fray and finally after weeks of frustration turned his talents into wickets with a top spell of 15 overs 6 for 42. Jamie Allen bowled with control and pace 2 wickets and beat the bat several times.

The game was not over as Hudson calmly scoring 37 aided by Marsden 22 and Captain Smith 21 crept nearer to victory! Butt called back his opening bowlers Holling and Donnelly both keeping their nerve and in taking a wicket apiece clinched the winning points for Congs.

Pudsey Congs v Cleckheaton

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday July 29th, 2017

Matchball Sponsor – Katherine Reason

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

Players and supporters rejoiced after a magnificent bowling and fielding display saw 10 Cleckheaton wickets fall for 18 after a first wicket partnership of 17.

The master teaches the pupil

Again we saw Graham and Michael working incredibly hard to get the match  underway. A terrible weeks weather meant that the pitch, nay the ground, had not received any attention till noon Saturday. Play commenced at 14:00 hours,40 overs per side with Billy Ahktar striking the ball well (5×4) in an opening stand of 27, which proved to be the highest of the entire game. James Ford also looked tidy working hard on what inevitably became a difficult surface to bat on. Cleckheaton captain, John Wood opened the can of worms with an excellent spell which reopened Congs fragile middle order, with Ashraf and Free wrecking the innings until Captain Butt, with the aid of Holling and Wisniewski, added 30 important runs for the last two wickets and denying the visitors of a 5th bowling point.

At tea, visiting supporters suggested that we might have got enough. We dare not believe it but thanks to a magnificent bowling and fielding display, it proved to be. Holling and Donnelly were terrific bowling quickly in the right areas and soon had the visitors in trouble as the surface deteriorated.

Three tricky catches for Jamie Allen and one of keeper Ford’s speciality, a wide diving left handed catch at arms lengths as the talented Congs players finally displaying their qualities as a team!

Way to go James!!!!!

Full marks to Josh and John as they led the charge and lets not forget Billy’s 5 boundaries at the start which proved to be two more than sum total of our opponents.

Brilliant, more please!!!

Pudsey Congs v Townville

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday July 22nd, 2017

Matchball Sponsor – Clive Bales

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

Congs slipped a little closer to relegation with a muted, muddled display after heroic work to prepare the wet ground by Graham and Micheal right up to 13:30 when the match started with 45 overs each side.

After the terrific bowling display at Batley last Saturday, it was muddled as the three seam bowlers only bowled 16 overs between them whilst Skipper Butt bowled 9 costly overs   during which the teams performance flagged and sagged into a trance like state with fielding errors littering our efforts to contain the worthy Clark who completed a fine patient centuary in the 45th over. From a Congs point of view, Wheatley worked hard for his return of 2 for 49 and Sam Wisniewski gave us a glimpse of his talent with 1 for 27 in 6 tidy overs.

Wheatley and Ford started well scoring freely taking the score to 44 before a collapse which wrecked the reply losing 6 wickets for 32. Hughes bowled with accuracy and turn but was helped by some careless thoughtless batting which put the match out of our reach. Strangely the batting of the three seamers Allen, Donnelly and Holling restored some respectability by batting with freedom and care took the score to the stage of 2 precious batting points with Donnelly striking the ball beautifully (7×4,2×6) in a fluent innings which lifted the hearts of our long suffering supporters.

More of this needed urgently as we move into the later stages of the season.

New Farnley v Pudsey Congs

At Barry Jackson Ground

Saturday June 24th, 2017

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

Congs faced fellow strugglers New Farnley at the BJG and whilst we gave an improved display, only 7 bonus points was all we could manage. In the main the bowling stood up well, although why we selected 6 bowlers, when it’s been the batting which has failed to impress. Leeds University student Zahid Nissar made an immediate impact with the run out of O’Connor with a direct hit as he attempted a quick single to mid on, well played Z. He also batted a patient innings and looks a useful signing. Goddard looked in good touch from the word go but Congs hung on and kept a hold on the game. Wheatley appeared to have created a stumping chance when Goddard was forty odd, alas the square leg umpire did not agree and he finished on 146 not out with some super shots all round this most beautiful ground. The selection of 6 bowlers backfired with Donnelly in his third over took a wicket with a ball that had the batter in trouble with the pace and bounce…..yet was taken off! From that moment we never really got in the match. Wheatley and Holling bowled well but, after his Man of the Match performance, Gibson leaked 85 runs and again got out early caught at long on, sad. Ford and Wheatley played steadily and got to 46 and it was left to Amjad to play a delightful, measured innings of pure quality taking his time to score 65 in 79 balls, just the type of innings we need regularly from our batters. Akhtar and Holling also did ok and although we fell short, there are reasons to be hopeful as we enter the second series of matches. Keep going boys.

Pudsey Congs v Hanging Heaton

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday June 3rd, 2017

Matchball Sponsor – Michael Laprocina

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

Congs approached the daunting task of taming the run machine of the League leaders and largely succeeded. 255 is a good score but not as many as Congs supporters feared.

Fellows and Connolly started in fine style and accelerated rapidly to a century opening stand but our boys worked hard, fielded well and their perseverance was rewarded mainly by Josh Wheatley who showed his class with 4 for 51 in 15 overs and Johnathon Donnelly who again bowled a miserly spell when the heat was on. Ryan Gibson bowled with heart and soul and deserved his return of 2 for 63.

Wicket keeper James Ford gave an excellent display with 2 victims, one in particular was a stunning one handed catch at full stretch down the leg side, magnificent.

Connolly finished with a patient, powerful score of 122 not out and gave a lesson on how to bat on a slow but benign pitch.

Sadly the lesson was not learnt by our batters, who after a tidy start, succumbed in abject fashion as wickets tumbled in an array of poor judgement and indifferent (poor) shot selection. Wheatley added to his fine bowling with 37 and Irfan too battled hard. Jamie Allen smote heartily but Congs appeared not to have a plan to overtake 255 but not even how to bat for a long period and garner some much needed batting points, very disappointing.

Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

At Tofts Rd

Monday May 29th, 2017

Rained Out


Pudsey Congs v East Bierley

Round One

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Tuesday May 16th, 2017

Match report by Mick Hirst

East Bierley 145-6

Pudsey Congs 150-4

The Congs fielded seven changes to Saturdays defeat at Townville but responded in magnificent style with a six wicket victory over East Bierley at the Strikes CS Britannia Ground on Tuesday evening.

After a rain disrupted day, the match started on time with East Bierley batting first. Josh Holling, proudly captaining the Congs for the first time. After a couple of early missed changes, the Congs burst into life with a stunning catch by Jacques Allen to remove Rehman, followed by the vital wicket of Patel. All the bowlers stuck to their task magnificently with Sam, Jamie, Jacques and Adam bowling accurately at the death. They were supported by excellent catching and good field positioning by the captain.  East Bierley finishing on 145 -6.

In reply Danish and Ashley Slater set off sensibly, waiting for the loose delivery to hit to the boundary. Thirty five the total when Danish was deceived by Choundray soon followed by Slater caught behind after a good innings. Backhouse added an important knock before the action really began. Billy Akhtar and Imran delighting the crowd with wonderful stroke play not slogging. Billy at his very best, striking the ball to all parts of, and out of the ground – Class. Imran departed with the score on 138 making 19 precious runs leaving Akhtar, 74 not out, to hit the winning runs.

A tremendous team performance led well by Josh and Billy is the man of the match.

Well done, Cleckheaton away on Saturday.

Townville v Pudsey Congs

At Poplar Ave

Saturday May 13th, 2017

Match report by Mick Hirst

Pudsey Congs 162 all out

Townville 163 for 2 – 28.2 overs

Congs produced one of their worst performances in years on Saturday,  losing by 8 wickets on their first league visit to Townville C.C.

Having chosen to bat first, Congs were soon in trouble at 35-3, Wheatley, Ford and Gibson all dismissed. It was left to Amjad and Hussain to rescue the innings and a fine job they both did. On an unpredictable pitch, the pair added 95 runs before Hussain was bowled by Hughes for an excellent 41. Unfortunately the middle and lower order collapsed once again, Amjad out for an excellent 51, Congs from 130 for 3 to 162 all out.

In reply Townville made light work of chasing down the modest 162 total. Wheatley taking 2 wickets but in improving weather conditions, all the bowling was ineffective and inconsistent. Townville passing the Congs total in 28.2 overs.

Massive improvement required on an embarrassing and humiliating day for the watching Congs supporters.

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Wrenthorpe v Pudsey Congs

Priestley Cup First Round

At Bragg Lane End

Sunday May 7th, 2016

Match report by Mick Hirst

Wrenthorpe  286-7

Congs 211 all out

Pudsey Congs  bowed out of the cup at the first hurdle after a disappointing 75 run defeat at Wrenthorpe.  The home side batting first, openers striking the ball to all parts before quick wickets by Holling and Butt reduced them to 87-4 after 13 overs. However Congs were unable to capitalise, allowing Patel 91 and Wigglesworth 89 to compile a comfortable  148 partnership, late hitting saw Wrenthorpe finishing 286. Josh Wheatley the best of the Congs bowlers.

Another fine start in reply by Centurian James Ford from Saturday and Wheatley but when both fell to Patel. The middle order then collapsed, leaving Butt 38 and a hard hitting 36 not out by Donnelly taking the score to 211 in the final over.

Saturday the Congs visit Townville in another tough league fixture in their quest for vital league points.

Pudsey Congs v Woodlands

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Saturday April 22nd, 2017

Matchball Sponsor – Derrick Reason

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

On a surprisingly lovely spring day, the 2017 season started with a good tussle on a pitch that favoured the batters but offered encouragement to the bowlers. The quality of bowling is underlined with the fact that Tim Jackson battled for 108 balls to record 43 priceless runs, was an example to all batters. Kez Ahmed,44, was also good with the bat and their partnership took Woodlands to a modest 153.

Allen, Holling, Gibson and Donnelly were quick and with the aid of some swift catching, reduced the visitors to 70 for 7. Butt gave all six bowlers an opportunity and it was Allen (3 for 18), Gibson (2 for 27)and new left arm spinner Max Chappell, with 3 victims at the death, who shone.


Congs paceman Jamie Allen celebrating in style

Congs reply started promisingly and at 67 for 2 were in charge, but Scott Richardson and Chris Brice had other ideas and Richardson destroyed the home side with figures of 9 overs, 3 maidens, 5 for 9. Brice also squeezed the life out of the batters keeping a tight grip on the game and collected 2 wickets.

For the Congs, Irfan and Gibson played long innings but struggled to master the attack and after their departure the home side sank to 88 all out. Neither team made much use of a good pitch and in the final analysis the experienced Woodlands claimed a victory.

Congs, however should take heart from a performance that will stand them in good stead as the campaign unfolds.

Otley CC v Pudsey Congs

Pre-Season Friendly

At Cross Green, Pool Rd

Saturday April 16th, 2017

Match report by Ralph Middlebrook

Pudsey Congs and Otley shared a pre season pipe opener at their beautiful ground on the Pool Road. On a good firm pitch, Otley played some sparkling shots against the pace of Allen, Donnelly and Holling who all looked quick and supported by some smart catching, Congs soon had the upper hand. They were thwarted by the experienced Hester and Kellett who made the most of the favourable conditions to post a score of 201. The Congs spinners had their say too with Wheatley and Chappell showing their skills but it was Wisniewski who caught the eye with 3 wickets.

In reply, opener Ford showed his fine temperament and with Amjad looking in good touch they progressed, finally fluently with proud Congs Captain Butt helping to overtake the Otley score in the 39th over.

Bright but cold weather, terrific hospitality from Otley ,a goodly crowd all made for a super days cricket.

Side Note:-

Morning, lovely day here, Easter Sunday

If Norman Jarvis of Capetown South Africa spots our website, could he please email his address to me so that I can send his Life members card to him.


Happy Easter everyone

Ralph W Middlebrook


Pudsey Congs CC