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2008 Third XI

Pudsey Congs v Hepworth & Idle

PPM Cup Final

at Britannia Ground

Sunday August 3rd, 2008


Hepworth & Idle, playing in their first ever Pool Paper Mills final at the Britannia Ground, completed a club cup double when they defeated home side Pudsey Congs by 84 runs. In doing so they emulated the achievements of their second team compatriots who triumphed in the Cawthorne Cup final just two weeks ago. Batting first despite the loss of two early wickets, a stand of 68 between skipper Anthony Heaton (52) and Dale Wood (38) steadied the ship, with Heaton in particular looking in fine form until a disastrous mix-up with Phil Drake resulted in the captain being run out at 140 for five. Drake (36) held his nerve to steer his side to a final 213 for eight after 40 overs. In reply, the visitors from Idle struck early when Wood had South African import Steve Gunner caught by Mark Mills. However, the dangerous James Lindley-Dawe along with Robin Kettlewell added 56 for the second wicket before Lindley-Dawe (29) was caught by Dave McDermott off Drake. However, the real turning point arrived when Kettlewell (31) was run out at 73 for three. From then on, Congs struggled as Hakl Mistry (3-24) and man of the match Drake (4-34) helped dismiss them for 129.

Hepworth Idle 213 for 8 – A Heaton 52

Pudsey Congs 129 – Robin Kettlewell 31, James Lindley-Dawe 29

Hepworth Idle won by 84 runs

Pudsey Congs v Farsley

at Fulneck

Saturday July 20th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

Farsley 232-6 (45 overs) – J Patrick 3-51
Pudsey 225-8 (41 overs)  S Gunner 56


Congs 4 points, Farsley 2 points due to faster scoring rate after rain interruptions.

Pudsey Congs v Farnley Hill

PPM Cup Semi Final

at Jenny Lane

Sunday July 13th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

Farnley Hill batted first on the Brit and set about building a challenging total for the Congs to chase to reach their second successive final.  At 99-0 after 28 overs, it looked like the Congs would be chasing around 200 but a great fightback from the bowlers restricted the visitors to an under par 163.  The pick of the bowlers being J Patrick (3-15), S Gunner(3-40) and Chris Murgatroyd(2-34).  A special mention for Adam Patrick also who was wicketless but was instrumental in stopping the visitors scoring and building the pressure.

The Congs started their reply shakely and at 43-3 after 10 overs the game was in the balance. Imran Ahmed with an unbeaten 62 and J Patrick with 42 ensured the Congs reached the final with 10 overs to spare.

 Farnley Hill 164 for 9

Pudsey Congs 165 for 4 (I Ahmed 62)

Congs advance to PPM Cup Final


Pudsey Congs v Farnley Hill

at Fulneck

Saturday July 5th, 2008

Farnley Hill had Joe Bedford hitting 52 in their 128 for three, before Richard Cowell’s seven for 50 earned maximum points as Pudsey Congs were all out for 124.

Mount v Pudsey Congs

at Hristlands Park

Saturday June 28th, 2008

Pudsey Congs 225 for 9 – John Patrick 77

Mount 150 for 8

Pudsey Congs v Mount

PPM Cup Quarter Final

at Fulneck

Sunday June 22nd, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

On a truly windy day, the Congs set about reaching the last 4 of the leagues cup competition. On winning the toss the Congs fielded first and were soon in the ascendancy.  At no point did Mount have control of the game and the Congs rolled them all out for 105.  This was largely due to tight bowling in tough conditions.  Steve Gunner and John Patrick both returning figures of 2/11 from their respective 8 overs.  Chris Brook and Gary Lewsley both took 2 wickets also.

Mount 105 All out

Pudsey replied in a positive and cavalier manner.  Steve Gunner (44), Lindley-Dawe (32 not out) & Chris Murgatroyd ( 23 not out) ensured the Congs knocked the total off with 25 overs to spare.  The highlight of which was a lightning three from Steve Gunner.  On the whole this was a very professional performance and now gives the Congs side a chance to erase the memories of last years cup run.

Pudsey Congs 107-1

Pudsey Congs v Leeds Sikh

at Fulneck

Saturday June 21st, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

The British weather was the only winner on this filthy day in West Yorkshire.  Weather more suitable for rainforests than Cricket matches ensured this game never got started.

Adel v Pudsey Congs

at Memorial Ground

Saturday June 14th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

The Congs travelled to Adel hoping to continue the excellent run they are on.  Adel won the toss and decided to field and were quickly in the wickets as the openers both fell cheaply. The Congs rebuilt through a fine 21 from Ashley Slater who belied his years and set a marker down for future performances. Useful contributions from Chris Murgatroyd (19) and John Patrick (33) supported by a 77 not out from Gary Lewsley, enabled the Congs to set a challenging 199 to win for the home side.

Congs 198-7

In reply Adel never seemed to go for the target and excellent bowling from Brook 4/26, Patrick 2/41 and Doey 2/20 ensured the Congs were to at least gain a winning draw. In the last over of the day Adel seemed to have gained a losing draw and 2 points only to lose their last wicket with the penultimate ball.  The Congs march on with another six points. A special mention for all the team today and a great performance. The Congs average age today was extremely low with 8 Juniors in the side.  This can only bode well for the future.

Adel 153 All Out

Pudsey Congs v Crompark

PPM Cup 2nd Round

at Fulneck

Sunday June 8th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

A fantastically hot day at the Britannia Ground was the scene for this PPM Cup tie. At the toss the Crompark skipper called correctly and amazingly decided to field first.  The Congs set about setting a decent target for the visitors and were quickly up to 62-3 after 13 overs.  Sometimes in cricket its a pleasure to watch a great innings.  Imran Ahmed with a magnificent 126 was a classic innings showing great maturity and power all around the wicket. A partnership of 169 for the 4th wicket with Gary lewsley (65 not out) ensured the Congs had tea smiling with a total of 241-4. In reply Crompark struggled initially thanks to great opening spells from Partick 3/36 and Brook 2/31. At 100-5 with 15 overs left it seemed the home side had the game in the bag. A fantastic piece of hitting from the Crompark number 8 (64 in 30 balls) ensured a tighter finish. The Congs kept chipping away with Lewsley taking 3/30 and Chris Brook had the Park number 11 caught by Joe Royce to end the game and give the Congs a victory by 48 runs. 

Crompark 193 All Out.

Pudsey Congs v Hawksworth

at Fulneck

Saturday June 7th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

The Congs won this match at a canter. After winning the toss and inserting the opposition, the Congs struggled to make inroads.  The impressive opener scoring a 50 for Hawksworth.  Gradually the Congs got on top and the wickets were spread out evenly as Hawksworth ended on 137 all out.  This was never going to be enough as Kettlewell and Lindley-Dawe opened the innings and put 126 on.  Kettlewell contributing 35.   Lindley Dawes innings of 88 was excellent and he fell chasing a hundred. A slight clatter of wickets were never going to effect the Congs winning with 18 overs to spare at 141-4.

Shipley Providence v Pudsey Congs

at Salts Cricket Ground

Saturday May 31st, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

Another sunny day in West Yorkshire and Pudsey aimed to continue on their current form.  After being inserted on a green pitch the Congs started brightly with good batting contributions from Steve Gunner and John Patrick.  The Congs however were in trouble with 7 down and 15 overs to go.  A patient and unbeaten 28 from Dominic Allen ensured a par score of 147-8 from the 45 Overs.

Shipley replied and were always up with the rate and despite the Congs taking regular wickets, they managed to get home with 5 overs to spare.  On another day however the result could have been different as the Congs were hamstrung with injuries and dropped catches.  This coupled with a horrible amount of play and misses and balls dropping in gaps were to prove an insurmountable obstacle. 

Shipley ran out the winners 149-5.

Pudsey Congs v Baildon

at Fulneck School

Saturday May 24th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

A bright day at Fulneck and a cut outfield with the usual great track. Baildon won the toss and to the suprise of everybody, the Baildon skipper decided to field first.  The Congs still confident from last weeks display, set about setting a target with some relish.  Another well compiled opening stand of 69 from messers Kettlewell and Lindley-Dawe paved the way for the Congs to surpass last weeks excellent total.  Lindley-Dawe again mixing strokeplay with power struck an accomplished 51. Useful contributions from Kettlewell and Lewsley kept the score ticking along.  The highlight of the innings however was a fantastic 92 not out from John Patrick his highest score for the club which included 7 sixes.

Pudsey Congs 215-7

Baildon replied to the large total circumspectly and the regular clatter of wickets meant that they were never really in the running to knock the runs off.  They were however in with a chance of a draw which they came within 9 balls of achieving. Rather than single out any bowlers for praise, I feel it would be better to mention all the bowlers for a great performance on a flat pitch.  This Congs side is maturing week by week and will now have moved into the top 5.  If performances like this are maintained they can look forward to a strong season.  As the captain of this motley crew, I feel very proud of the team spirit and togetherness that has formed at such an early point in the season.


Baildon  141  All out

Crompark v Pudsey Congs

at High Royds Field

Saturday May 17th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

The Congs travelled to High Royds Field on a cold drizzly day hoping to improve on last weeks display.  Again the toss was lost and the Congs were inserted.  This was to prove a blessing as impressive batting from Lindley-Dawe (56), Kettlewell (20) and Bragg (20) set about building a good total.  Cromparks bowling was often wayward and the extras count was over 50 on a hard day for bowlers to maintain a line and length. A mid order collapse of 5 wickets for 25 runs threatened to change the course of the game.  Luckily John Patrick and Chris Doey managed to get the ship back straight and ensure the Congs’ highest total of the year so far.

Pudsey Congs 209

In reply CromPark struggled thanks to fine spells from John Patrick and Chris Doey.  At 39 for 3 after the opening spells the skipper threw the ball to the younger of the Patrick brothers, Adam.  This was to prove the key part of the game as young Adam produced a fantastic display of bowling.  He removed the whole of the middle order to finish with figures of 4 for 8.  Also in the wickets was Dominic Allen who mopped up the tail to finish with 3 for 3.  A great fielding display and also a debut spell of bowling for 13 year old Nathan Dalton were also notable.  Sometimes the poisoned chalice of skipper can be tough but this match was far from that, infact it was a pleasure to be associated with such a fine all round performance.  The key now is to maintain this level for the rest of the season and I am sure we will be a match for most sides.

Crompark 81

Pudsey Congs v New Farnley

at Fulneck School

Saturday May 10th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

At last summer has arrived!!!!!, a warm and still day at Fulneck and the Congs at home to New Farnley.  At the toss New Farnley decided to bat first. A slow start from the visitors mainly thanks to good opening spells from the Congs opening bowlers the Patrick brothers Adam and John.  At drinks after half their innings New Farnley were 33-2.  Tight spells from Dominic Allen on debut and Steve Gunner ensured the Congs remained in control and walking off were delighted to have restricted the visitors to 122-5.  Sam Hewitt scored a great 81 not out in this total and demonstrated a good temperament for the visitors belying his young years (15).  The score would and definitely could have been around 100 due to an inconsistent ground fielding performance.

Farnley 122-5

The Congs struggled in reply and were 4 for 2 after losing Kettlewell and Lindley-Dawe. Steve Gunner and Naeem Aheer set about recovering the situation and dragged the score up to 44 in good time.  Unfortunately Steve hammered another straight to a fielder after a good 23 and Aheer was bowled after a good debut soon after. Lewsley came to the crease and made 26.  He was then adjudged LBW and the Congs set about achieving a draw from the last 12 overs.  With 7 overs left the result was confirmed after James Galvin was given LBW.  Dalby taking 6-19 to wrap up the victory for New Farnley.

Congs 91 all out

Farsley v Pudsey Congs

at Sandoz Sports Ground

Saturday May 3rd, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

A young Pudsey outfit travelled the short distance to Farsley for the second match of the season.  On a dry day, the recent bad weather was evident with a slow pitch and an outfield full of dandelions. On winning the toss, the Congs decided to field.  Early and regular breakthroughs from Chris Doey were supplemented by the evergreen John Patrick.  A virtuoso performance from John resulted in his first hatrick of a long distinguished career.  The only opposition from Farsley came in the form of two ex Congs players, Sudano (25 Not out) and Brooks 14.

Farsley 49 all out

After a great fielding performance, the Congs switched the batting order to give the youngsters some experience of senior cricket.  Although none of the youngsters got high scores, a special mention for Nathan Dalton who stuck to the task well on a difficult pitch.  Massive sixes from Lindley-Dawe were again the highlight.  The opening bowlers for Farsley put up a great fight but were always a number of runs short of a par score.

Pudsey 50-7

Pudsey Congs v Rodley

at Fulneck School

Saturday April 26th, 2008

Match report by Gary Lewsley

Pudsey Congs 138 all out – James Bragg 52, James Lindley-Dawe 24

  Rodley 139 for 5     


Rodley won the toss and elected to field on a wet slow wicket at Fulneck.  Pudsey started brightly with a brisk belligerent 24 from Lindley–Dawe and a positive 14 from Steve Gunner.  They both fell in quick succession and the Congs struggled on the slow pitch.  A gutsy 52 from James Bragg was the only other major contribution.  A final wicket partnership from Adam Patrick and Chris Doey got the C ongs up to a par looking score of 138.  Rodley’s opening bowler John Blackburn returned figures of 5-34.

Rodley repiled to the Congs score with a solid but slow start. Great opening spells from John Patrick and Chris Brook were followed by Chris Doey and Steve Gunner.  John Patrick bowled up the hill for 12 unchanged overs for excellent figures of 2-14.  Again Gary Walton the leagues leading batsmen came to the champions rescue.  His 61 not out was to prove the difference between the sides as Rodley got home with 9 balls to spare.

On another day the Congs could have come off winners.  The rub of the green was definitely with Rodley today.

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