2017 – Dales Council 1st Team

  Dales Council 1st Team

Match Reports 2017

Final League Position = 6th, 231 pts


Closing thoughts of 3rd team Captain

With the season coming to an end for another year I would like to take some time to summarize and offer my thanks to all who have helped and supported me during my three year tenure as 3rd team captain.

I would first of all like to thank all the players effort this year. It has been a tough year in a competitive division but the commitment shown to keep turning out each Saturdays when form and results have not gone our way, is a massive credit to the lads.

A massive thank you to Mick Hirst and Ralph Middlebrook for the advice and support they have offered me over the last three years. The amount of time and effort these two individuals put into our club is unbelievable, I could never be able put across in words how much me and the rest of the players appreciate their efforts.

A big thank you to Graham Curtis for all the work he does on Fulneck before and after the season. His hard work makes Fulneck one of the best wickets to play on in the Dales Council. Also in relation to Fulneck, a special mention to David Malpass who provides the brains behind actually creating a new wicket which I know i would never be able to do.

Evan Kettlewell has done a brilliant job as scorer, there is never any issues when Evan is scoring and he also has meant I’ve not needed to input the scorecard which is a big administrative load lifted. He has been well assisted by his father Robin who has also come out of retirement on more than one occasion to help the 3rds, thank you both.

The teas have been wonderful and that is all down to Jayne Allen and the girls in the hatch. Their hard work means we have had consistently the best teas in the Dales Council. Cheers Jayne!

Special mention to Joe Stolarski who spent a lot of time helping up at Fulneck preparing the pitch for home games with myself. His energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game has certainly helped me to enjoy my cricket even when captaincy has become tough.

To the juniors from the under 13s and under 15s who came into the team at various points in the season, thank you. You all certainly weren’t there to make up the numbers as you all contributed whenever called upon. The future is certainly bright for Congs.

Onto matters on the field, after a promising start which included four wins out of four, mainly due to runs from Ross Kettlewell and our ruthless bowling attack, performances did begin to slip. However though results weren’t going our way certain individual performances were memorable. Richard Edwards six wickets accompanied by his infamous shuffle against PSL showed what a class act Redders is. In the same game Curtis Sharp gained cult hero status with his 38 which somehow gained us a tie. Ross Kettlewell’s dominant display with the bat in the first four games was a signal of what talent he has. Joe Stolarski’s maiden 50 against Farsley came as a surprise too many but the young man certainly showed he has potential to be a genuine all rounder. Experienced bowling pair James Galvin and Nick Gedge showed us they still have plenty to offer Congs, as at times they were unplayable.

As I’ve stated I shall be stepping down as captain and it has been an absolute pleasure to captain this Pudsey Congs team these last three seasons. Thank you to all who have been connected to the 3rd team during my time as skipper. Whoever takes over this leadership role will have my full support and the future is certainly bright for the 3rd team. We have a good blend of experienced players and a good mix of young talent coming through.

Thank you again and bring on the 2018 season!


Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At Fulneck

Saturday August 26th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Congs faced PSL in their last home game of the season. Bank holiday weekend saw Robin Kettlewell come out of retirement (again), Graham Curtis return to the 3rd XI for his first game since 2013, scorer Evan Kettlewell play his first senior match and C.Sharp return to the ranks.

Congs won the toss and choose to bowl after rain earlier in the day. Opening bowlers N.Gedge and J.Galvin bowled brilliantly, beating the edge on many an occasion. Somehow the pair didn’t get a wicket as B.Hartley and V.Schumacher looked to stay solid at the crease to their credit. The partnership was broken with the introduction of spin with R.Edwards doing the damage early on. His canny off spin saw him remove B.Hartley superbly caught by Robin Kettlewell at short mid on. Redders did not stop there as he raced to 3 wickets. F.Khan at the other end was causing issues for the PSL batters as they struggled to pick his leg spin bowling.

R.Edwards continued as he picked up a well deserved 5for when he dismissed PSL skipper J.Lodge which meant everyone was able to bare witness to the infamous ‘Redders shuffle’ as he danced in celebration of his 5 wicket haul. F.Khan picked up 3 wickets, the wicket of K.Marsden was particularly impressive pitching just out side leg and hitting middle. N.Gedge removed A.Dickson who played counter attacking knock as PSL finished on 116 all out. This was an impressive bowling effort from the Congs bowlers and plaudits to R.Edwards who finished with a brilliant 6 for 46. Very well bowled!

R.Edwards 6-46, F.Khan 3-25

Congs got off to an awful start losing two quick wickets cheaply.  F.Khan looked to counter attack but he went for one too many, leaving Congs 24-3. Skipper M.Gaunt looked to attack also as he smashed young T.Moss for three 6s in one over. However Macca fell for a quick fire 28 and was quickly followed back to the pavilion by experienced pair G.Curtis and R.Edwards. The wickets did not stop there as J.Galvin was plumb LBW and S.Jolly undone by some cracking bowling by P.Cullingford.

At 68-8 the chase looked impossible, the game was dead and buried and Congs were certain to lose but one man thought otherwise, step up Curtis Sharp. With a previous high score of five, Curtis was a man on a mission as he slapped the PSL bowling about Fulneck. He made it past 5, then to double figures, then to 20! You couldn’t make this up. His partner at the other end was young D.Edwards who played a very mature innings which complemented the hitting of C.Sharp. The pair somehow got Congs to a position of eight runs to win and then C.Sharp hit a massive six putting him on 37 and Congs in touching distance of an improbable win.

However a further twist occurred as C.Sharp was bowled, leaving the task up to young E.Kettlewell and D.Edwards. The pair scampered one as the scores drew level, but Congs were unable to get over the finishing line as the game ended in a tie!

C.Sharp 37, M.Gaunt 28

What a thrilling match with a tie being a fair result overall. C.Sharp and D.Edwards bailed Congs out big time, but Congs will feel they should have won the game at the tea interval after such an impressive bowling performance by R.Edwards and Co.

Thornbury v Pudsey Congs

At Daleside Road

Saturday July 29th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Congs made a short trip to Thornbury with a young side again but bolstered by the experienced bowling duo of James Galvin and Nick Gedge. M.Gaunt won the toss and decided to bowl with conditions perfect for bowling.

Congs got off to a dream start as J.Galvin got a wicket in his first over caught smartly at first slip by N.Gedge. Both opening bowlers J.Galvin and J.Stolarksi were superb as they got the ball to seam and swing beat the bat on many occasions. The two somehow only managed 1 wicket in their opening spells. A second wicket did fall when C.Hill ran out A.Ali.

R.Edwards and N.Gedge came into the attack and the Thornbury wickets began to tumble. N.Gedge got the big wicket of H.Rana lbw who was on 39. R.Edwards continued his great form with the ball as he spun his web once again as he claimed a second 4for in as many weeks. A comical moment then occurred as a throw from M.Gaunt which had more height than distance, somehow managed to run out M.Omar who slipped and fell not once but twice as his desperate crawl could not save him.

The innings was wrapped up for 103 as J.Galvin and J.Stolarksi got a wicket each with again superb bowling. Great bowling effort with every bowler looking unplayable and it was backed up by a very energetic and intense fielding effort.

R.Edwards 4-36, J.Galvin 2-17 (9 maidens!)

Congs innings got off to a shaky start as they lost N.Gedge and R.Edwards. Skipper M.Gaunt and S.Jolly looked to rebuild as they put together a partnership of 47. Both took advantage of the short boundaries square when the Thornbury bowlers strayed away from their good lines.

S.Jolly fell for one attacking shot too many but he was replaced by young C.Hill who continued his fine purple patch with the bat. He manoeuvred the ball behind square effortlessly and played a dismissive pull shot for four off the bowling of A.Yasim.

M.Gaunt fell for a vital 34 considering his recent run with the bat. With Congs close to the total the wickets began to tumble as C.Hill was dismissed for 22. With Congs 8 down , J.Galvin came to the crease and made sure of the victory and finished the game with a four after he was well supported by J.Turnbulls solid defence at the other end.

M.Gaunt 34, C.Hill 22

A brilliant performance in the field by the bowlers and backed up by the fielders ensured the victory today. Again the young players starting out in senior cricket are showing their worth whilst the experienced heads are complimenting them with vital performances. Long may these positive performances continue!

Leeds Sikh v Pudsey Congs

At Gledhow Sports & Social Club

Saturday July 22nd, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Congs travelled to the Gledhow Sports Ground for the second time this year as they faced Leeds Sikh B. The Congs team was one of young faces as we fielded a side with six under 19s. Skipper M.Gaunt lost the toss yet again and Congs were put into bat on a bowler friendly wicket.

Congs got off to a disastrous start as they lost the top for of skipper M.Gaunt, R.Kettlewell Jnr, D.Shaw and J.Stolarksi all for single figures. However at 19-4 M.Humpleby looked to get the Congs innings started as he counter attacked after a slow start. Matt drove superbly through the covers and was looking a class above for the Dales B Division and he was being supported well by young C.Hill.

Disaster struck as M.Humpleby on 31 hit a full toss straight to point. C.Hill continued in his knock and picked off boundaries where he could and R.Edwards at the other end looked to be in the same form as the previous week. C.Hill was undone by a slow ball for 25, but this did not faze R.Edwards who continued to score runs freely. He was supported for a while by H.Jackson, as R.Edwards ended up on 42 not out but the tail was unable to wag as Congs posted 131.

R.Edwards 42 Not Out, M.Humpleby 31, C.Hill 25

Leeds Sikh B’s openers got off to a solid start as they put on 41 as they looked to attack opening bowlers H.Jackson and J.Stolarski. Harry made the breakthrough as he removed the dangerous S.Mehmood. Spin was brought into the mix in the form of R.Edwards, the senior player caused issues from ball one on a helpful pitch for spin. Redders picked up four wickets as he gave us a sniff of a victory. R.Kettlewell.Jnr got the wicket of P.Singh Gill which brought great enjoyment to the Congs XI.

With the game in the balance at 109-6 D.Shaw bowled a superb spell of seam bowling as he picked up three wickets bowling a very tight line and length. With 4 runs needed and 1 wicket needed it was hard to predict who would win but it was the hosts who just got over the line.

R.Edwards 4-26, D.Shaw 3-21

A great effort from the young Congs side who showed great character to make that game as close as it was. Credit to D.Shaw, M.Humpleby and C.Hill who put in stellar performances with bat and ball. Special mention to R.Edwards who hasn’t had it easy this year, but showed his class today and showed how valuable he is to the 3rd team with both bat and ball.

Pudsey Congs v Baildon

At Fulneck

Saturday June 24th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Congs played their 4th consecutive game at Fulneck as they hosted Baildon. Team news saw R.Kettlewell Jnr and J.Royce come in for J.Galvin and D.Malpass. M.Gaunt lost the toss and Ashley Free decided to bat with a young looking Baildon side.

They got off to a solid start as Baildon captain A.Free dug in from ball one and W.Heard looked to cash in where possible, in particular in the cow corner area. They made an effective partnership of 78 against J.Chapman who was bowling some pacey deliveries and against H.Jackson who used his variations smartly.

The breakthrough finally came as N.Gedge got W.Heard after drinks, well held by M.Humpleby. This led to a couple more wickets next over as J.Stolarski bowled his best spell so far for the thirds. He got W.Kelly to shoulder arms one on off peg as he bowled a nip backer and the ball following was caught by J.Royce at extra cover. J.Stolarski finished with figures of 2-12 off 7 overs, well bowled Joey!

N.Gedge at the other end continued to impress as he has done all year as he removed the off stump out of the ground of J.Lovatt. While Congs began to chip away, A.Free at the other end was still there somehow as the pitch was a tad lively with the rain on Friday. However he played a captains knock and batted through 45 overs for 53 off 144 balls, a knock such as that has been rarely seen in the Dales B division this year.

Baildon posted a competitive total of 158-6, Congs bowlers toiled hard and bowled well however they were let down by some quite frankly abysmal fielding, whether that be catching, stopping boundaries or stopping one.

N.Gedge 3-40, J.Stolarski 2-12

Congs opening pair G.Lewsley and R.Kettlewell Jnr got Congs off to a flyer. G.Lewsley turned aggressor and scored a brutal 37 off 23, while R.Kettlewell Jnr continued his impressive form this season and looked a class above yet again.

The pair put on 74 which looked put Congs in a position to win this game with ease. However this would not be the case as the middle order failed yet again as batsmen 3-7 all made single figures as all played reckless shots when R.Kettlewell Jnr was at the other end 50 not out.

W.Heard ended up with 5 wickets as he took advantage of the brainless batting and the lively pitch. Young off spinner W.Kelly also picked up 2 wickets as the young Baildon side looked like they could potentially cause an upset.

R.Kettlewell Jnr took control of the game and he was aided by J.Chapman and J.Royce as they knocked off Baildons target of 158 seven down.

R.Kettlewell Jnr 72 Not Out, G.Lewsley 37

Yet again Congs made what should have been a straight forward game look very difficult. Before the game it was said we needed to be professional and ruthless in our approach instead what followed was a shambolic fielding effort and a calamitous batting display which was bailed out by R.Kettlewell Jnr and G.Lewsley.

Pudsey Congs v Savile Stars

At Fulneck

Saturday June 17th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Congs hosted Saville Stars at Fulneck for a top of the table clash in the B division. With many people back available there was a myriad of changes as C.Sharp, L.Gunner, J.Tunrbull, R.Kettlewell snr , R.Edwards and J.Royce were left out for M.Humpleby, J.Stolarksi, J.Chapman, G.Lewsley and H.Jackson. With no umpires, the game began and Savile Stars won the toss and decided to bat.

Both openers fell as H.Jackson and J.Chapman got a wicket each early on, then J.Chapman picked up a second leaving Savile on 21-3 on a good looking Fulneck deck. This brought A.Sanjay to the crease and the young left hander looked to counter attack and he did with a certain class that is not usually seen in the B Division.

G.Lewsley came into the attack and though took some early damage he picked up the big wicket of A.Sanjay and was on a hat trick as he got 2 in 2. At 73-5 Savile were in danger of a way below par score; however another counter attacking knock in the form of H.Shazad swung the momentum back to Savile.

The Savile batter scored 47 of 22 balls and hit some huge sixes. One in particular off of J.Galvin went over the houses at the bottom of Fulneck and was certainly the biggest 6 I’ve seen at Fulneck. He did fall short of his 50 as M.Gaunt caught him superbly after he launched one into the air. Wickets began to fall again as N.Gedge and J.Chapman shared 3 wickets between them, however with 1 wicket to go and 15 overs left the tail wagged and gave Savile Stars 238-9 at the close of the innings.

J.Chapman 3-31, G.Lewsley 3-74, N.Gedge 2-32

The innings got off to a disastrous start as skipper Gaunt fell for 2 after little foot movement. S.Jolly and G.Lewsley looked to rebuild, but the partnership was broken by a superb delivery by S.Khan removing S.Jolly and soon after J.Chapman fell leaving Congs 3 down for 32.

G.Lewsley and D.Shaw put on a partnership of 42 with Lewsley being the main run scorer, which gave Congs a glimmer of hope. However the young A.Sanjay could bowl as well as bat as his slow left arm spin ripped through the middle order.

G.Lewsley remained resilient at the other end as he brought up his 50 which showed his experience in building an innings. He fell for 51 to a more than dubious lbw decision when he looked set to bat through.

D.Malpass and N.Gedge got some valuable time at the crease as they looked to play freely and showed that how good a batting deck it was. D.Malpass fell for a well played 36, which brought H.Jackson to the crease and he played an entertaining knock of 19 off 11 balls including a huge 6 off the last ball of the innings charging the opening bowler.

G.Lewsley 52, D.Malpass 36, N.Gedge 24 not out

A disappointing result which saw Congs look like they were in control in a lot of the first innings but the inability to kill off the game cost us. G.Lewsley, D.Malpass and N.Gedge played well but were let down by the top and middle order. Again Congs will have to bounce back again as they host Baildon.

Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

At Fulneck

Saturday June 10th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

After a poor performance last week, Congs looked to bounce back against Pudsey St Lawrence. With the ground share this year in place, Congs were the visitors to Fulneck for a change. Congs were forced to make changes with many missing in the 2s and 3s. C.Sharp and youngsters L.Gunner and J.Turnbull came in for J.Stolarksi, H.Jackson and R.Edwards.

PSL won the toss and elected to bat on a soft Fulneck track after rain earlier in the day. Congs got off to a great start with D.Shaw removing both openers for very little. V.Schumacher and H.Scott looked to rebuild but an impressive direct hit from young J.Turnbull removed the dangerous V.Schumacher.

The Congs bowlers picked up wickets regularly as both J.Galvin and N.Gedge shared 3 wickets between them whilst going at 1 run an over! L.Gunner on senior debut bowled 11 overs of off spin and looked the part from ball one. He bowled with great control with excellent flight and guile, and he was rewarded with the wicket of H.Scott.

Much more impressive in the field and much sharper with the ball, Congs bowled PSL out for 98. Though aided by the conditions credit has to go to all the bowlers but particular mention to D.Shaw who picked up 4 wickets.

D.Shaw 4-30, J.Galvin 3-13, N.Gedge 1-14, L.Gunner 1-40

With K.Marsden opening the bowling, Congs openers R.Kettlewell snr and M.Gaunt knew they were in for a fight. The pair looked to be up to the challenge. With plenty of overs to play with the pair were solid in defence and took no risks early on. When the time came R.Kettlewell Snr became the aggressor smashing 4 boundaries, where as captain Gaunt for a change decided to dig in.

The pair put on 50 which all but made the game Congs, especially when the spinners came on as they milked the singles with ease. Both fell to experienced campaigner K.Marsden, but S.Jolly and D.Shaw made sure there was to be no collapse.

S.Jolly finished 17 not out as he continued where M.Gaunt left off in defence and at the other end D.Shaw looked to pick up boundaries where he could. The pair saw us home as we knocked it off only 3 down.

R.Kettlewell Snr 26, D.Shaw 24 not out

A much more professional performance compared to last week, though the team was not filled with 3rd team regulars, the young lads J.Turnbull and L.Gunner who came into the side played pivotal parts in the victory. Top of the table clash awaits next week against Saville Stars.

Pudsey Congs v Drighlington

At Fulneck

Saturday June 3rd, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

After two weeks of rain interrupted cricket, Congs hosted Drighlington on a sunny afternoon up at Fulneck. Team news saw S.Jolly and D.Malpass return to the team in place of C.Hill and T.Huffinley. Skipper M.Gaunt won the toss and decided to bat on a decent looking Fulneck pitch.

Openers M.Gaunt and R.Kettlewell snr were strong in defence against the deadly accurate opening bowlers. Pressure began to build as the pair were only able to make 21 runs off the first 15 overs, this pressure led to the run out of R.Kettlewell snr and M.Gaunt was caught out in the same over.

This led to a massive collapse by the Congs batting line up. J.Stolarksi was unable to continue his rich vein of form with the bat as he was out for 0. S.Jolly and D.Shaw hung around for a bit, but were unable to get the Congs innings going. Wickets continued to tumble and the run rate was going nowhere. M.Waller tore the middle order apart as he picked up 6-13 off of 9 overs. Congs scraped to 50 but were dismissed in the 32nd over as the scorecard looked more like a telephone number.

Pudsey Congs 50 all out

With little on the board for the bowlers to defend, they were left with an uphill task. N.Gedge got an early breakthrough of pinch hitter A.Mitchell early on smartly caught by J.Stolarksi. However R.McHale and J.Sturgess made sure that was the only wicket to fall.

The two young batters saw Drig home for a full 20 points win, aided by some abysmal catching from Congs as even being in the field for only 11 overs, Congs managed to drop 5 catches which may have not effected the result definitely did cost a couple of points

Drighlington 51-1

An embarrassing display by Congs in all departments and certainly the lowest skipper M.Gaunt has felt after a match, but after recent week’s performances there was a sense of inevitability a result such as this was on the cards. High expectations have been set by skipper M.Gaunt this year as he does not just want to win the league but dominate the league. However he was under no illusions that this would be only achieved by putting the hard work in at nets, in training before games and on game day.

This was reflected in the first three games this season but instead in recent matches an air of arrogance and thinking we are better than we are has led to complacent performances, which has in turn seen us drop points in the last 3 games.

The batting department is certainly a worry as batters seem to be putting little value on their wicket. Instead of expecting others to bail the team out, the onus should be on the individual batsman to take responsibility. Of the five 50s in the league games none have been scored by a batsman over the age of 17. Long and short of it senior players need to step up.

In the field it cannot be stressed how important high standards are. Again in comparison to the first 3 games we have gone from looking sharp and not looking like dropping one to looking flat and not backing ourselves to take catches. Players have to take responsibility to work on that side of the game as it appears to be getting ignored.

Bowling needs to be smarter as well as too often a pinch hitter in the Dales has us looking stuck. The talent is certainly there, just decision making by the bowlers and the communication by captain and bowler needs to be improved so plans are set and implemented accordingly.

This is our first league defeat this year and we are certainly not a bad team. However the mindset of the players and the approach to the game needs to change or we do risk underachieving.

Pudsey Congs v Farsley

At Fulneck

Saturday May 27th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Congs hosted Farsley in a game between two sides which would be looking to be near the top of the table come the end of the season. Team news saw C.Hill, T.Huffinley and J.Royce come in for D.Edwards, G.Lewsley and M.Humpleby.

Farsley won the toss and choose to bat on another good looking Fulneck pitch. Four overs in and the heavens opened as the match was delayed by what can only be described as a monsoon. With Fulneck flooded it look liked there would be no prospect of play, however Fulneck showed how well it drains and once the rain stopped it was not too long before the game restarted.

Farsley did not let the rain deter them as their openers started off with a partnership of 68. J.Galvin and H.Jackson threatened but were unable to get the breakthrough. Wickets finally fell as J.Stolarski came into the attack and removed both openers.

J.Blackburn looked to attack as Farsley looked to rack up the batting points. He took a particular liking to R.Edwards as he dispatched him for 4 sixes. R.Edwards and D.Shaw did pick up a wicket each to give Congs there 2nd bowling point but once Farsley got to 176 they declared to give them more chance of forcing a result.

J.Stolarksi 2-26

In their reply Congs got off to a disastrous start as B.Clare picked up two wickets of experienced batters R.Edwards and R.Kettlewell Snr. At the other end M.Gaunt looked to change his mindset of batting, playing more conservatively. However after a 6 over point, he was given out to a dubious caught bat pad decision.

Promoted once again to number four, J.Stolarski showed again how much his batting has improved in the last 12 months. He and D.Shaw looked to rebuild as they put on a partnership of 43. However once D.Shaw got out wickets began to fall regularly.

J.Stolarski appeared to be playing a different game as he continued to look untroubled. Particularly through the off side his drives were hit with ferocious intent. J.Stolarski made his way to his maiden senior 50, a much deserved milestone as the young batsman showed what talent he has and that hard work between games does pay off. Well played Joey!

With no chance of victory, Congs shut up shop to make sure they gained 5 points for a rain affected draw as Congs finished on 129-8.

J.Stolarski 62

On the whole disappointing day for Congs in the batting and bowling departments as J.Stolarski was the only shining light of the day. However with points picked up, Congs stayed top of the league and became the first team in the Dales Council to secure 100 points. A big game at Fortress Fulneck next week against Drig, another of the promotion contenders.

Adel v Pudsey Congs

At Memorial Ground, Church Lane

Saturday May 20th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Congs travelled to Adel with the forecast not looking good at all. Team news saw the return of R.Edwards, D.Edwards, M.Humpleby, R.Kettlewell Snr and G.Lewsley as they came in for T.Huffinley, J.Royce, R.Kettlewell Jnr, J.Galvin and S.Jolly.

With rain delaying the start, the chances of a game looked slim on a pitch that was already looking a tad worse for wear. However the rain eased and the game got under away as a 27 over a side match. Adel won the toss and did not hesitate to bowl. Congs got off to a destructive start as skipper M.Gaunt hit 6s for fun off M.Noon. Macca fell 4 runs short of his 50 and after a quick start Congs began to lose wickets and slow down. J.Stolarski and N.Gedge began to rebuild but both were unable to kick on as the pitch began to get much more difficult to play on.

Congs were all out for 138 and unable to play out there overs which resulted in Adel gaining an over. Credit has to be given to young J.Harrison of Adel who impressed with his 4-19, certainly a player to keep an eye out on.

M.Gaunt 46 and J.Stolarksi 24

Adel got off to a solid start in their chase of 138. M.Noon looked to pinch hit and J.Stringer looked strong down the ground. The breakthrough was made by H.Jackson who picked up 2 wickets in an impressive spell of bowling.

This began a spell of Congs wickets as G.Lewsley came into the attack. The experienced campaigner took wickets straight away as his tight lines with subtle changes of pace had the Adel batsman clueless. G.Lewsley picked up 4-19 in his return and surely put the game to bed. However this was not the case, with the game looking to be in Congs hands, J.Stringer carried on his merry way as he brought up his 50. He was well supported by R.Mills who contributed 18 at number 9.

The game went into the last over with 10 needed to win. J.Stringer hit a big 6 second ball and looked to have secured an unlikely win for Adel, but J.Stolarski showed great character as he responded with 3 yorkers which ensured the game ended as a tie

G.Lewsley 4-19 and H.Jackson 2-21

A good game of cricket played in the right spirit. However Congs will feel that it was points lost, but with no other teams playing today it meant Congs extended their lead at the top of the B Division.

Pudsey Congs v Thornbury

At Fulneck

Saturday May 13th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Congs hosted Thornbury B as they looked to continue their 100% record. After last weeks all round performance, J.Chapman went up into the 2s and was replaced by J.Galvin. With Fortress Fulneck looking a batting paradise, M.Gaunt finally won a toss and did not hesitate to bat.

He and R.Kettlewell Jnr opened the batting and got Congs off to a solid start. R.Kettlewell Jnr was not as fluent as he has been all season but showed his worth by still grinding out runs. M.Gaunt showed restraint that hasn’t been seen for a long time but still managed a silky 6 over cover. The pair put on 50 before M.Gaunt feathered one behind.

D.Malpass came in and looked in great nick until he was superbly caught and bowled by A.Yasin. R.Kettlewell Jnr moved onto his 3rd 50 in as many games, well played Ross. Soon after R.Kettlewell Jnr fell, wickets were also regular at the other end as A.Yasin picked up his 5for.

This left Congs 141-7 and looking like they would be way under par in setting a total. This was not the case as the tail wagged and showed the depth we had in batting. N.Gedge looked solid before an unlucky decision but gave the platform for J.Stolarski and J.Galvin to move up the gears. Two 6s will live long in the memory, one an exquisite pull down to the trees at Fulneck by J.Stolarski and a wonderful pick up drive down the ground by J.Galvin.

This meant we scored 226-8 after our 45 overs which was just about par score on that wicket. R.Kettlewell Jnr showed again what a class player he is but the middle order did not kick on and were saved by J.Stolarski and J.Galvin at the end.

R.Kettlewell Jnr 51, J.Stolarski 32, M.Gaunt 27, J.Galvin 23

With runs on the board as we walked out to field, for some reason with the feeling that the job was done, a mindset like this can never be had against an unpredictable side like Thornbury B on such a good Fulneck deck.

This proved to be the case early on in the innings as the Thornbury B batsmen got off to a great start. They cashed in on some wayward bowling and some poor fielding as the intensity from recent weeks was lacking in the field.

N.Mohammad moved onto 50, and contributions of 31 from J.Shah and 28 from M.Omar looked to have had the game in their favour at drinks. The game took a further turn as N.Gedge and the spin of R.Kettlewell Jnr began to bring back some control as they both bowled superbly 12 overs straight through.

With the game looking still slightly in Thornbury B’s favour, a further twist occurred as J.Galvin came back on and completed his 5for as he bowled the last four Thornbury B batsmen as they fell 3 runs short of the Congs total.

J.Galvin 5-45, N.Gedge 2-35, R.Kettlewell Jnr 2-56

Another 20 points that keep Congs top of the B division but it was an undeserved 20 points. If Congs are serious about winning this league and winning it in style, this complacency cannot occur again. Fielding will have to improve and our batting can’t be reliant on Ross and the lower order.

Pudsey Congs v New Wortley

Paper Pools Mill Cup, First Round

At Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Sunday May 7th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

After a superb win Saturday, Congs went into the cup game against New Wortley with great confidence. Team news saw J.Galvin, R.Edwards, G.Makwana and T.Elliot come in for D.Malpass, H.Jackson, R.Kettlewell Jnr and J.Chapman. M.Gaunt lost the toss once again and with a smashing looking pitch at the BCG, New Wortley did not hesitate to bat first.

Congs got off to a dream start as J.Stolarski got century maker from yesterday F.Abid. However this was the only breakthrough Congs would get for a while. After a great start to the season the Congs bowling attack bowled too short on a batters paradise at the BCG. This saw M.Mirza and U.Tahir cash in on the wayward bowling. The pair brought up their 50s as they put on 159. Congs began to bring things back through D.Shaw who bowled a superb spell of pace bowling as he kept his line and length very tight and mixed his pace up at the right times. He was rewarded with the wicket of M.Mizra, who fell for 71, well caught by G.Makwana

U.Tahir continued on his way as Congs began to chip away as R.Edwards picked up a wicket and J.Stolarksi collected his second wicket. Soon after U.Tahir brought up his hundred and H.Basharat looked to cut loose in the closing overs. This led to New Wortley making 277-4 which was largely due to poor fielding and short bowling on a very good track.

J.Stolarski 2-65, D.Shaw 1-31

M.Gaunt and T.Elliot opened the batting and got off to a lightening start. The first over went for 16 as M.Gaunt hit a glorious 6 over point. The second over went for 12 as T.Elliot was fed 3 short balls which he cashed in on. However the fun ended the next over as M.Gaunt feathered one behind.

G.Makwana and T.Elliot began to build a platform to launch from. T.Elliot played the shot of the day as he played a defensive push for 4 through the covers which showed T.Elliot’s class, however he couldn’t kick on as he fell for 41. T.Huffinley came and went and was followed soon after by G.Makwana who fell for 42.

Congs were left reeling soon after drinks as S.Jolly and R.Edwards failed to get going and J.Royce did not bring his form from Saturday as he looked to counter attack. At 122-7 Congs were on for a massive defeat. However D.Shaw with the help of the N.Gedge and J.Stolarski brought Congs to a more than respectable total whilst also entertaining Congs Corner.

D.Shaw continued his impressive game, bringing up first 50 on his return for Congs as he finished 55 not out. N.Gedge played an entertaining hand of 31 and J.Stolarski was bullish with his 26 not out which included his first career 6, as Congs finished up on 238-8.

D.Shaw 55 NOT OUT, G.Makwana 42, T.Elliot 41

A frustrating display as after bowling and fielding superbly so far this season, both those elements of the game were left wanting at the BCG in our toughest game this season so far. However a lot of positives can be taken from our batting display and we can concentrate on gaining promotion and making sure we don’t taste defeat again this season.

Pudsey Congs v Leeds Sikh

At Fulneck

Saturday May 6th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

The 3rds had their first home game up at Fortress Fulneck against Leeds Sikh B, who also had won 2 out of 2. Team news saw T.Huffinley, H.Jackson, J.Stolarksi and J.Chapman come in for R.Edwards, G.Makwana, R.Kettlewell Snr and D.Edwards. Congs skipper M.Gaunt lost the toss for the 3rd week in a row and bizarrely Leeds Sikh B choose to field on a good looking Fulneck deck.

R.Kettlewell Jnr started where he left off from last week and looked a class above. Whether on the offside or leg side he dispatched the ball effortlessly to the boundary. Though R.Kettlewell Jnr looked comfortable at one end, wickets fell at the other as D.Shaw and T.Huffinley went without making much impact on the scorecard.

This brought S.Jolly to the crease and he scored some classy boundaries early on. R.Kettlewell Jnr carried on his merry way and brought up his 2nd 50 of the season, well played and well deserved. It looked like S.Jolly was on his way to his own 50; however he fell short as he was run out.

Congs looked to kick on at 115-4 as J.Chapman and M.Gaunt ran hard and picked up boundaries where they could. Skipper M.Gaunt fell going for one big shot too many but J.Royce came in and continued with great impetuous. He and J.Chapman put on a vital 64 partnership in quick time which put Congs in total control as we finished on 227-7. J.Chapman finished on 57 as he brought up his first senior 50 and a great knock it was.

J.Chapman 57, R.Kettlewell Jnr 52, J.Royce 41 NOT OUT, S.Jolly 39.

Congs got a wicket nearly straight away as D.Shaw got V.Singh caught at gully by S.Jolly. T.Bashir and K.Singh looked clueless against the bowling of D.Shaw and J.Chapman who both bowled great line and lengths with superb pace.

The two Leeds Sikh B batsmen’s tactic of seeing off the new ball bowlers may have worked well against another opposition in the B division, but not against Congs. Our depth in the bowling ranks shone through as J.Stolarksi and N.Gedge both kept the pressure on, which led to the pair picking up wickets. In particular N.Gedge got 2 big wickets as he removed opener T.Bashir with a beaut, knocking back off peg and then bounced out the self-proclaimed Bradford league batsman P.Singh Gill.

K.Singh continued to ride his luck but soon began to free his arms which led to him getting an unlikely 50. H.Jackson came into the attack after taking some early tap, showed great character as he tightened up his bowling and was rewarded with the wicket of P.Singh.

I.Mahmood came to the crease and looked to have some fun at the end as he hit some big maximums. This fun led to him bringing up his 50, however he was not supported at the other end as Josh did a demolition job on the Leeds Sikh B tail getting 8, 9, 10, 11 all bowled as they were all beaten by the pace of J.Chapman to bring up his 5for.

J.Chapman 5-43, N.Gedge 2-36

This was a great victory for the Congs which meant they went top of the league early on in the season.   A great all round performance by J.Chapman in his return to the 3s as he looked brilliant with both bat and ball and again praise has to go to R.Kettlewell Jnr who continues to impress.

Baildon v Pudsey Congs

At Sandal School, West Lane

Saturday April 29th, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

After last week’s impressive display, Pudsey Congs 3s travelled to Baildon looking to continue their good form. Congs were forced to make five changes as T.Elliot returned to the 2s, J.Galvin, T.Huffinley and Harry were unavailable and J.Stolarski was missing due to injury. This gave opportunities to G.Makwana, D.Malpass, J.Royce, R.Kettlewell Snr and Dedders, which shows how much depth we have this year!

M.Gaunt lost the toss yet again; however he was delighted yet again when his opposing number chose to bat. D. Shaw and R.Kettlewell Jnr opened the bowling and caused problems straight away on a helpful pitch for bowling. After plenty of pressure from both bowlers, Congs were rewarded with a wicket due to impressive fielding from R.Kettlewell Snr and J.Royce resulted in a run out.

This brought T.Ahmed to the crease and he, with his captain J.Cottle, looked to fight back after the early wicket. The pair put on 28 before D.Shaw got J.Cottle LBW after a brilliant few overs from the opener. T.Ahmed looked to counter attack as he dealt in boundaries. M.Gaunt brought spin on in the form of G.Makwana into the attack and he made an impact straight away removing A.Ahmed. T.Ahmed brought up his 50 but fell soon after to the bowling of G.Makwana as he ran riot on the Baildon middle order. Gopro bowled a very smart spell of spin bowling, using the slope to his advantage whilst also mixing his pace up at the right time as he took 6 wickets. Well bowled G.Makwana!

N.Gedge continued his form from last week also by picking up 2 wickets as he continues to impress on his return to the Congs attack. Other than T.Ahmed’s 67, Baildon put up very little fight against an impressive Congs bowling display as they were all out 110. Credit has to go to some impressive bowling spells from D.Shaw and G.Makwana. Also a big mention to everyone in the field, the intensity was as high as I’ve ever seen from the 3rd team. In particular J.Royce, who took a blinding one handed diving catch to remove W.Kelly. Also credit to D.Malpass and R.Kettlewell Snr who rolled back the years in the field as they led from the front as senior players.

Baildon 110-all out – G.Makwana 6-26, D.Shaw 1-13

R.Kettlewell Jnr and D.Shaw opened the batting once again and they both looked comfortable at the crease. The pair made mincemeat of the Baildon skipper J.Cottle as they put on a partnership of 53, which made sure the game was put to bed.

R.Kettlewell Jnr was the aggressor of the two. He hit three glorious 6s, punished any width on the off side and clipped everything on his pads for runs. The partnership was broken when D.Shaw failed to get hold of an attempted boundary over mid wicket. G.Makwana came to the crease and continued to score at a healthy rate. R.Kettlewell Jnr moved onto his first 50 of the season and one suspects it will be first of many for the season as he looks in excellent touch. He finished the game 69 not out and G.Makwana was 23 not out as Congs chased down 110 comfortably. This was another great performance by Congs as they appeared to go up another level with the bat and in the field. With players also returning to an already strong 11, Congs can go into the cup weekend with confidence for a further two wins against Leeds Sikh B and New Wortley.

Morley v Pudsey Congs

At Leeds Road

Saturday April 22nd, 2017

Match Report by Captain Macca Gaunt

Pudsey Congs 3rd team travelled to Leeds Road Sports Complex to face Morley with great optimism. With the additions of J.Stolarksi, N.Gedge and D.Shaw to the club, the 3rds were strengthened in all departments. Team news also saw T.Elliot and R.Kettlewell Jnr drop down from the 2s at the start of the season to play the 3s opener.

Skipper M.Gaunt lost the toss but was delighted when Morley choose to bat. J.Galvin and J.Stolarski took the new ball and caused problems immediately. J.Galvin got the first of the wickets as he probed with movement away, pace and bounce, as he found the outside edge of J.Hempworth who was well caught by M.Gaunt. J.Stolarksi got in on the act as he bowled a probing 4th stump line which bore J.Manoharan to a false stroke, which Redders took at mid on.

J.Galvin continued to cause havoc with the Morley top order. O.Goor had a horrid time as J.Galvin beat his outside edge ball after ball, and finally put him out of his misery as he was beat for pace bowled. J.Hudson looked to counter attack as he hit 3 boundaries, however he was undone by a J.Galvin bouncer caught at slip.

After J.Galvin and J.Stolarksi did the damage, captain M.Gaunt had the luxury in bringing N.Gedge and H.Jackson who could have both opened the bowling. N.Gedge bowled a devastating spell which looked to finish off Morley. Full, straight and plenty of pace N.Gedge took an impressive 3 wicket haul on his comeback into the 3rd team. H.Jackson joined in the fun by picking up a wicket, which left Morley at 30-8.

This looked to be a perfect fielding display from Congs, however the Morley tail began to wag slightly. D.Nelson looked to counter attack as he made his way to 33 not out. However things were wrapped up when Redders came into the attack and cleared up the tail to leave Morley 75 all out.

Probably the best bowling performances in the three years M.Gaunt has been captain, each bowler played their part. In particular, mention has to go to J.Galvin and N.Gedge as they looked unplayable at times.

J.Galvin 3-12, N.Gedge 3-14, R.Edwards 2-12

D.Shaw and R.Kettlewell Jnr opened the batting on a pitch that clearly favoured the bowlers. Both looked solid from ball one. R.Kettlewell Jnr got off the mark for the season with a glorious pull shot for 6, but both were impeccable in defence as they mainly played patiently.

The Congs openers continued as they saw off the new ball bowlers, however with the partnership on 47 both openers fell in the space of moments. Both were undone by full bowling from D.Nelson and J.Manoharan.

As T.Elliot continued in the same fashion as D.Shaw and R.Kettlewell Jnr, as he waited patiently to work the 1s and 2s. Same could not be said for M.Gaunt, who continued in the same vain as last year. He opened up his account first ball for 4 and a couple of boundaries later he then finished the game off with a trade mark 6 to cow corner.

M.Gaunt 22 off 10 balls NOT OUT

A brilliant performance from Congs and a strong message sent out to the rest of the division. Congs bowling unit looks as good as any in the Dales and good signs of a solid top order in the small snippet of batting. Bring on the rest of the season!