CLUB NEWS

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Mar 9, 2022

Malcolm Sowden has Retired as Trustee

The March meeting of the Management Committee received the news with sadness that Malcolm had decided to declare his innings closed as a Trustee after many years service.

A former President, umpire and cricket devotee, Malcolm always had a humorous word or two as he patrolled the ground and will continue to support our Cricket Club in every way.

Thank you Malcolm.

Ralph W Middlebrook
President
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club

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Sept 13, 2021

After 40 years, Bingo has ended

Approximately 40 years of bingo, it ended in style on Monday 13th September with larger prize money than usual as reserves were distributed to all winners. The sad fact is that attendance’s had on occasions dwindled to single

figures making the evening uneconomic.


Due regards and thanks we’re paid to Malcolm Sowden and Roy Smith for their long standing service making the evening full of humour and good will. New boy Jim Holmes who has taken the mantle of caller with his own style and ensuring the final evening was as good fun as it always has been.

Ralph W Middlebrook
Chairman

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Sept 27, 2021

Major William Booth Pavilion at Fulneck
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The President, myself, Graham and Macca were invited to opening of the magnificent new cricket pavilion on 22nd of September and it turned out to be a memorable occasion.
The impetus for the project came initially from a healthy donation from a relative of Major Booth who played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club before the First World War and was a pupil at the school. Sadly the famous cricketer fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. However his name lived on (Major was his Christian name) and there is a stained glass window in Pudsey Parish Church in his memory.
The supporters of Fulneck School worked hard to supplement the initial donation and, after some difficulties, raised sufficient funds for building work to commence. After more problems, Covid, the building was completed this year and used by the pupils at fixtures for Fulneck, a quality facility perfectly positioned in the delightful setting alongside the cricket square amid the extensive playing fields. Fittingly the pavilion was opened by another distinguished former pupil Richard Hutton, who also played for Yorkshire and England.
In front of all the current pupils and guests, the comments by Richard and the donor ensured that this important development plays a significant role in the continuation of Pudsey’s proud cricketing history.
A memorable day indeed, well played.
Cheers
Ralph W Middlebrook
Chairman
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club
For the record, Pudsey Congs have been partners with the School in promoting schools cricket sharing each other’s facilities since the 1980s. 
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June 23, 2021

New mobile covers purchased for the Britannia Ground
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In my match report versus Gomersal, I referred to our new covers delivered last week. Three roll on mobiles, side sheets to cover two adjacent pitches and finally sheets to cover the bowlers run ups. Sturdy, yet light enough, ideally for two people to move from boundary to square. They must be placed in order as flaps have to be placed to cover the space in between each mobile.

Theses covers coupled with drainage work completed a few years ago, should increase chances of play after rain which has beaten our efforts in the past to start play on our clay based ground.

Last October we approached a supplier, Total Play Ltd, who do a lot of work for and on behalf of the ECB and also advised us (free of charge) on the work required to manage the boundary drainage scheme, to quote for covers and we received a very good offer. After much discussion with Club officials regarding finance we placed an order. Then the dreaded COVID bug hit suppliers. It also reduced the number of staff who could normally work in workshops etc, so that whilst there was much work available, the limits of social distancing cut production by half.

However they duly arrived and look very professional parked in Les Harsley’s corner (Les a former player and junior manager) and needless to say Graham and other ground staff are very pleased at the improvement the covers will bring to our playing surface and standards in providing quality pitches.

I thank the Trustees and Treasurer for their support in this expensive venture and of course Graham for his advice throughout.

 

Ralph W Middlebrook

Chairman

Pudsey Congs Cricket Club

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May 25, 2021

Four Long Serving members are Elected Vice President

At a recent Committee meeting, four long serving members were elected as Vice Presidents, an honour of their valued service to Pudsey Congs Cricket Club both on and off the field of play.

Michael Brook

Graham Curtis

Ken Hall

Andre Stolarski

 

In the absence of the Membership Card system, a framed list of all Vice Presidents and indeed Life Members, are on display in the main lounge.

 

Ralph W Middlebrook

Chairman

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Sept 20, 2019

Special thanks from our Canadian friends

This past August, we had the pleasure of visiting the Amber Cars Britannia Ground in Pudsey to partake in a fun filled couple of hours of cricket. Special mention and thanks must go out to Ralph, Macca and Joe for helping to organize the match and taking time out of their busy schedules. Also to our umpires, Ralph and Michael, thanks for helping us out with the rules, looking the other way on certain calls and making the day memorable for all of us. 

Good luck in the upcoming season, thank you, your Canadian friends......

Glen, Sean, Tim and the gang.....

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The two teams outside the Congs Clubhouse

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Abby, Emma & Tim ready to bat

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Tim Fawcett, Rookie Wicketkeeper

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Macca, Quinn & Joe take the field