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2008 Juniors

Under 11’s

Fixture List and Match Reports 2008

Match Reporter – Mark Allman

Manager: Stuart Hardcastle

Pudsey Congs U11’s v Thackley U11’s

at Thackley

Sunday August 3rd, 2008

Match report by Mark Allman

The Congs were visitors today to the nice setting of Thackley Cricket Club. On a very green pitch, Thackley won the toss and put Congs into bat. Some very nice shots followed with D Hussain scoring 9 and Ross Kettlewell scoring 2 and both keeping their wicket intact. Next to the crease were A Goodchild & E Levin again both playing nice adding 8 runs without loss. This brought in Fizzy Hanif and Jacques Allen. Fizzy keeping it tight at one end whilst Allen produced some excellent shots to finish on 16 both without loss. By the time Rafique entered the proceedings, the spectators were putting their protective  helmets on and he didn’t dissapoint. Supported by the excellent Awaisse Hussain, he smashed 4 fours in an innings of 23 for the loss of one wicket propelling the total to a very good 276 for one. And so it was Thackley’s turn to bat and their first two pairs started cagey putting on 13 without loss. With excellent  bowling by Rafique, D Hussain, A Goodchild and Allen the Congs were starting to take control. Then along came the hero of the hour Owaisse Hussain taking two wickets in two balls just missing out on a hat trick,  well done Owaisse. This backed up by excellent bowling by Allen taking a wicket when he came back on and  some good fielding resulting in a couple of run outs, leaving Thackley to finish on 200. A very good win for Pudsey and a special mention must go to Ross Kettlewell  who went behind the stumps for the first time this season and he played excellent.

Also special thanks to Thackley for their great hospitality and very nice bacon sandwiches!! Well done to all

 Pudsey Congs U11’s v Pudsey St Lawrence U11’s

at Britannia Ground

Sunday July 27th, 2008

Match report by Mark Allman

The return match between these two local rivals got under way at the Britannia Ground with Alex Goodchild winning the toss and putting the Congs into bat first. The openers Goodchild and D Hussain keeping it tight against some good PSL bowling and unfortunately losing two wickets near the end of their four overs to keep the score down. The next two batted superbly to put on eight runs without further loss ( J Allen and O Hussain). Next in were Jack Allman & Edward Levin. Levin keeping it tight at one end, whilst Jack played some lovely shots much to the delight of the home spectators finishing on 13. Then the last pair arrived at the crease, T Holroyd and M Rafique and what was to follow can only be described as a master class in big hitting from Rafique spraying shots to all parts of the ground to finish on 31 not out, posting a very competitive Congs score of 256 for 4. This was possibly the highest score against St Lawrence this season. So now it was the visitors turn to bat and Alex Goodchild struck early clean bowling Wakefield. This was to prove just a blip for St Lawrence, as each batter in turn came in scoring runs quite comfortably and not losing another wicket until the penultimate ball of the innings, to post a big score of 303, resulting in defeat against a very good side. Whilst the home teams fielding and bowling were very indifferent, the batting performance was excellent and a very good under 11s  match was enjoyed by all.

Well done to both teams

 Pudsey St Lawrence U11’s v Pudsey Congs U11’s

at Tofts Road

Sunday July 20th, 2008

Match report by Mark Allman

On a bright sunny morning, these two local rivals took the field in this top of the table clash. Alex Goodchild won the toss and on a very lively wicket, put Pudsey St Lawrence into bat. The early exchanges probably went the Congs way with Hussain beating the bat on a few occasions. The opening batters for PSL put on 10 runs for one wicket. As the batting order went down, all the St Lawrence batsmen were contributing runs with Mackavoye and Wakefield the pick putting on 24 without loss for the third pair. Pudsey St Lawrence finished on 277 for the loss of four wickets, a score which was to prove a very good effort. The Congs fielded well with some excellent run outs with direct hits on a few occasions. The pick of these being a brilliant diving stop and throw at the stumps from the ever alert Goodchild.

Well then it was our turn to bat and Goodchild was the pick of our batting against some very quick and tight bowling. Runs were very hard to come by and we kept losing the odd wicket to finish on 199 for 5, J Allman and R Kettlewell keeping their wickets intact. This resulting in a 78 run win for a very strong St Lawrence side who I would think are favourites to win the league with several representatives in the Taverners side. On the other hand, credit to our guys who were still trying right up to the last delivery, excellent attitude.

Round two is next Monday night at home where I’m sure the boys will be giving it their all. Your support will be very welcome with a 6.00pm start

 Pudsey Congs U11’s v Idle U11’s

at Britannia Ground

Sunday July 13th, 2008

Match report by Mark Allman

On a bright sunny morning the Congs welcomed top of the table idle to the Britannia Ground, Alex Goodchild won the toss and put idle into bat. The visitors started full of confidence taking two boundaries off the first over. By the time the third over came they were looking comfortable but then on came Danish Hussain and with his electric pace, took two wickets in no time and really troubling the batsmen on a number of occasions. This seemed to kick start Pudsey and tight bowling by Rafique and Owaisse Hussain tied the batsmen down, then Jacques Allen came on and with a brilliant spell of bowling took 3 wickets  reducing the visitors to 203 for 8. Special mention to Owaisse Hussain for some marvelous fielding stopping a full bloodied drive and throwing it in to run a batsmen out, well done!!  The Pudsey innings then started and solid batting from Parkin and Danish Hussain putting on 31 without loss, set the foundations (some wonderful boundaries from Hussain). Next in were A Goodchild and O Hussain who lost one wicket but with Goodchild in fine form contributing 21, the game was slowly going away from Idle. Finishing up were J Allen 21, M Rafique 23 and Tom Holroyd 12 to post the Congs highest total of the season so far at 298 for 2, resulting in a very good win against a good Idle side.

Well done boys!!!!

 Pudsey Congs U11’s v Bolton Villas U11’s

at Britannia Ground

Sunday June 29th, 2008

Match report and photo by Mark Allman

Bolton Villas arrived at the Brit with hopes of halting the Congs winning run. They promptly won the toss and put the home side in on a wicket which was to prove difficult to score runs on. Kettlewell & Hussain opened the batting and finished up with nine runs for the loss of a wicket. Next in were A Goodchild and J Allman who put on 11 without further loss. J Allen and H Allman scored 3 for the loss of two wickets and with the home batsmen struggling against some very tight bowling, Parkin and Rafique came in and batted excellently scoring 6 and 13 respectively. The Congs  finished on a competitive 242 for 3.

This pitch was always going  to cause the batsmen problems and with Mustapha Rafique opening the bowling, he didnt waste any time taking a wicket with the very first ball of the innings and finishing with figures of 3 overs-1 maiden-1 for five, A very good bowling performance backed up by Danish Hussain and Alex Goodchild taking two wickets apiece. Jack Allman, Ross Kettlewell and Jacques Allen also chipped in taking one each, Jacques taking his with the last delivery of the innings. This all supported by good fielding and an excellent stumping performance by Will Parkin, reduced the visitors to 155 for the loss of 13 wickets.

Congrats once again to the boys for an excellent performance and also well done to Bolton Villas for sticking to the task and playing the game in an excellent spirit.

 Pudsey Congs U11’s v Thackley U11’s

at Britannia Ground

Sunday June 15th, 2008

Match report by Mark Allman

On a lovely bright sunny morning at the Britannia Ground, A Goodchild won the toss for the Congs and put Thackley into bat.  Right from the off, tight bowling by D Hussain and M Rafique who both took a wicket each, put Thackley on the back foot. More was to follow with J Allan chipping in with 2 wickets and Alex Laird and 6 years old Harry Allman getting two each, both having hat-trick deliveries. Excellent fielding by D Hussain, hitting the wickets from a direct throw, and a remarkable diving catch from Harry Allman, reduced the visitors to 183. Then it was the Congs turn to bat and a good opening partnership between D Hussain and R Kettlwell produced 22 runs for 1 wicket. The next pair in were A Goodchild and A Laird who kept it tight and didn’t lose a wicket. They were followed by J Allan and H Allman who put on 25 for the loss of 1 wicket (Allman13 and Allan12). The last pair came in and lost 2 wickets but excellent batting by Rafique 19,  saw the the home side comfortably through with a big score of 297. This was regarded by many as the best performance by the team so far and the future certainly looks rosy

 Undercliffe U11’s v Pudsey Congs U11’s

at Undercliffe

Sunday June 8th, 2008

Congs won by 40 runs

 Idle U11’s v Pudsey Congs U11’s

at Idle

Sunday May 25th, 2008

Match report by Mark Allman

On a pleasant but breezy day, Idle won the toss and put the Congs into bat. We struggled from the off against some very  tidy bowling from Idle. With the last pair coming in the Congs were just on 190 but once again good batting from M Rafique and J Allene left Pudsey on a respectable 211. Idle answered back and after their first pair had been to the wicket they were struggling on 199 but then excellent running between the wickets from the next pair in J Patel and L Masseder saw 16 runs added without loss. Their remaining batsmen kept it tight with the Congs only able to add one more wicket leaving Alex Goodchild needing two wickets from the last over which he came up just short. Idle ran out worthy winners of this intriguing match. Special mention goes to Alex Laird for an excellent fielding  performance and also Mustapha for taking a brilliant catch whilst running down the steep slope on the Idle pitch



Bolton Villas U11’s v Pudsey Congs U11’s

at Bolton Vilas

Sunday May 18th, 2008

Match report by Mark Allman

Bolton Villas won the toss and decided to bat. Excellent bowling by M.Rafique taking two wickets for five runs and Alex Goodchild taking two for two put the Congs in great position. Backed up by Faisall (fizzy) Hanif, playing his first game for the Congs, going for just one run from his over, restricted the home team to 228 for five. When it was Congs turn to bat, they got off to a reasonable start with D.Hussain batting superbly for 15 runs. His partner Ross Kettlewell was a little unlucky to be run out. It continued to be a close match with J Allman and J Parkin keeping it tight and not losing a wicket. Now it was set up for the last two, J Allean and the big hitting Mustapha Rafique. These two kept  their cool going right down to the last ball which Jacque Allaen kept out to win the match.

All in all a great performance with a big improvement on last weeks fielding

keep it up guys !!

Pudsey Congs U11’s v Northowram U11’s

at Britannia Ground

Sunday May 11th, 2008

Match report by Stuart Hardcastle

Northaram won the toss and put Congs into bat. Alex Goodchild (20) and Mustafa Rafique (22) scored well and with the rest of the team holding onto their wickets well, the end total of 234-6 was a mighty fine performance on a hot dry morning. What followed was a mild shock to the system. The Congs fielding and bowling was a little inconsistent and with the taking of 5 wickets, the game was in the balance to the last over. Two more well struck boundaries ended the innings with the visitors clear and deserving winners. Having said all that, the visitors were a genuine U11 side as opposed to our Congs boys who are Under 9’s and 10’s, so promising signs lay ahead in the season.

 Pudsey Congs U11’s v Farsley U11’s

at Britannia Ground

Sunday May 4th, 2008

Match report by Stuart Hardcastle

Farsley visited the rain soaked Brit with Mark Allman and Stu Hardcastle in charge of the Cong’s under 11’s for the very first time. As Alex Goodchild is the only experienced Cong, a completely new side including 6yr old Harry Allman bowled first. Brilliant three overs from D.Hussain taking 5 wickets backed up by all the other bowlers and supported by good keeping from Jack Allman, not to mention the hard working fielders kept the visitors to hard earned 204/7.

In the second innings the Farsley bowlers were just as tight. Ross Kettlewell pounced on the few lose deliveries striking three boundaries but the bowlers fought back Cong’s middle order finding runs hard to come by. The game hung in the balance until N.Rafiq hit an attacking 26 to secure a Cong’s win.

Bradford junior Under 12’s 2008

Manager: Abid Bashir

Match Reports 2008

Courtesy of Nabeela & Abid Bashir

Pudsey St Lawrence U12’s v Pudsey Congs U12’s

at Tofts Road

Monday June 9th, 2008

Match report by Abid Bashir

Pudsey Congs travelled the short distance up the road to face local rivals Pudsey St Lawrence on a sunny Monday afternoon. Congs won the toss and elected to field, the opening spells from the Congs bowlers were very good and made scoring hard. Pudsey St Lawrence started to lose wickets at regular intervals which restricted their total to 209 for 8 wickets. Wickets for Bevan, Callum, Dale, Wasim and Noor.

Dale and Barney opened the second innings and got off to a fantastic start, after the end of their four overs Pudsey Congs were on 70 runs without loss, the rest of the batsmen steadily built the innings and we finished on 308 for 4 wickets.

The team all fielded, bowled and batted well, Credit must go to the lads for a having a great team spirit.

 Pudsey Congs U12’s v Farsley CC U12’s

at Britannia Ground

Friday May 16th, 2008

Match report by Nabeela Bashir

Pudsey Congs Under 12’s hosted Farsley CC in their second game of the Gordon Bowers competition on an overcast evening. The Congs won the toss and decided to put Farsley CC in to bat. Dale Spink and Wasim Bashir opened the bowling with Dale bowling 2 overs for 8 runs. Wasim bowled 3 overs 12 runs and 1 wicket coming from a stumping off the third ball of his first over. Next batting pair of Callum Murgatroyd and Louis Surtees, who bowled a good spell and kept the bowling tight, with Callum taking 1 wicket for 9 runs. Bevan Sudano and Mustafa Rafiq bowled very well with Bevan taking 4 wickets for 20 runs and the young Mustafa taking 2 wickets for 4 runs. With 2 overs left Farsley were on 242 runs for 9 wickets. Raes Ishaq bowled and finished with 2 overs 17 runs for 2 wickets. Pudsey bowled and fielded well and reduced the hard hitting Farsley batting line up to 192 runs in their allotment of 16 overs with the pick of the bowlers being Bevan Sudano with 4 wickets.

The second innings started with Barney and Dale hard hitting and very determined to put a big total on and after their allotment of 4 overs, ended with 42 runs with Barney summing 30 runs and Dale 12 runs. The next pair of Raes Ishaq and Mustafa Rafiq batted well and put on 14 runs. Third pair of Bevan Sudano and Wasim Bashir put on 19 runs and the last pair of Callum and Louis put on 22 runs with Pudsey Congs finishing on 283 for 4 wickets.

Credit must go to Mustafa Rafiq who came in for Noor Ahmed and who also batted and bowled well.

The boys are all playing well and I am sure they are up for the next game.

 Pudsey Congs U12’s v Bardsey CC U12’s

at Britannia Ground

Friday May 9th, 2008

Match report by Nabeela Bashir

The sun shone down on the Britannia Ground as the Congs played host to Bardsey CC in their first game of the Gordon Bowers competition. Pudsey Congs under 12s won the toss and decided to put Bardsey into bat. R.Ishaq opened the bowling and took a wicket of the very first bowl and ended with 2 overs bowled 1 maiden for 6 runs.

Callum Murgatroye bowled 3 overs 9 runs and was on a double hatrick at one stage but could not complete them. The opening bowler bowled very well indeed. The next pair to bowl were Dale Spink and Louis Surtees.  Dale took the ball and bowled very tightly at first giving 1 run off his first over taking one wicket. Dale bowled well and ended with 3 overs 1 run for 4 wicket while Louis Surtees also bowled tight lines and ended with 2 overs for 3 runs With six overs left Pudsey Congs bowlers had dominated, but the question was could the remaining bowlers (Wasim Bashir, Noor Ahmed, and Bevan Sudano) bowl it out and the answer was a resounding yes. Wasim bowled 2 overs 2 maidens, Noor Ahmed 2 overs for 16 runs and Bevan Sudano bowled 2 overs for 3 wickets. At the close of the first innings Pudsey Congs had bowled 16 overs and had taken 15 wickets a total of 120 runs lost by Bardsey which left them on a final total of 127. The Congs side all bowled and fielded very well. Well done lads

The second innings started with Barney Gibson and Dale Spink opening the batting, both batsmen played very aggressively and scored 52 runs between them with Barney scoring 24 runs while Dale Spink scored 28 runs after their allotted 4 overs. Next pair of Noor Ahmed and Raes Ishaq came to the crease and put on 30 runs between them with Raes batting solid and Noor batting aggressively. Raes scored 9 and Noor scored 21 runs .With 8 overs left Pudsey had scored 82 runs for 1 wicket. Next pair to bat was Wasim Bashir and Bevan Sudano. Wasim hit a four off his first ball and ended with 13 runs and Bevan with 5 runs of their allotment of overs. The final pair of Louis and Callum with good running between the wickets and some good hitting, put on.30 runs with Callum scoring 21 runs and Louis 9 runs which meant we had scored 348 runs of our allotment of 16 overs.

Credit must go to the very young Bardsey Side who had kept to their task and took some positives out of this game.

Bradford Junior Under 13’s

Fixture List and Match Reports 2008

Manager – Mark GibsonTeam Mascot – Frankie Gibson

 Idle U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Idle

Cup Final

Sunday August 24th, 2008

Idle 92

Pudsey Congs 62

Idle wins

Liversedge U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Liversedge

Thursday July 31st, 2008

Cancelled due to rain

Undercliffe U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Undercliffe

Thursday July 24th, 2008

Congs made the short trip to Undercliffe for the second time this season to play this must win fixture. Congs bowled first and gave nothing away making the Undercliffe batsmen struggle to get the ball off the square. Once again Spink and Istiaq worked well giving away only 7 runs from the opening four overs. Slater and Huffingley continued the good work only conceding 15 runs to leave the home side on 24 after 8 overs. Wasim Bashir got the breakthrough bowling N Rawad. As usual the Congs ground fielding was of a high standard and was a key feature. By the 15th over, Undercliffe had moved the score on to 51 for 3 with Shahidi ,Moodley and Andrew Smith 2 for 11 bowling tight spells. It was Left to Nathan Dalton and Matt Humpleby to finish off the tailenders. Both lads bowling great spells with Nathan picking up 3 wickets for 10 runs and Matthew picking up 2 wickets for 6 runs. Once again the Congs dominated with the ball and in the field leaving Undercliffe on 86 for 9 after 20 overs.

In form batsmen Ash Slater and Keegan Moodley made steady progress in the run chase. Slater played some aggressive cricket shots making his way to a rapid 30 before retiring. Moodley played a more patient knock making his way to 25 before being stumped. It was left to Cal Murgatroyd 8 no and Andy Smith 12 no, to see the boys home and make it 13 out of 14 in the league. With one game to go we still have an outside chance of lifting the league title, we also look forward to a Cup final. No matter what happens now it has truly been a remarkable season.

Undercliffe 86 for 9

Pudsey Congs 87 for 1

Congs win by 9 wickets 

Keighley U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Keighley

Cup Semi Final

Monday July 21st, 2008

It was deja-vu for the Under 13’s as we were drawn to play the team that knocked us out of the cup at the same stage last year. That defeat and the way we lost were still in the back of our minds and the lads were keen to set the record straight. Keighley won the toss and put the Congs into bat on what was a nice looking batting track and good batting conditions.

Ash “Boom Boom ” Slater almost immediately started to dispatch the ball to all parts of the ground, making his way to 33 retired in no time and giving the boys the solid start that we needed. Cal Murgatroyd made his way to the middle but fell soon after without troubling the scorer. Smith joined Gibson with the score on 57. A smart piece of work in the field saw the fielding side pick up a run out and leave Congs on 58 for 2 at the half way point. Congs found it hard to keep the scoreboard moving along at the rate of the first 5 overs. Dale Spink made a very valuable and very rapid 16 to push the score along before he was run out. Barney Gibson made 25 before he was caught in the covers. With the score on 90 and with 4 overs to go, it was vital we pushed the score passed the 100 mark. Matt Humbleby 8, Saif Shahidi 3 and Bal Lally 6, threw the bat in the final overs and helped the Congs reach 109 for 5. After the start we had to the innings 109 was 20 runs less then were we would of liked to have been.

Congs were confident that if we could keep Keighley’s opening pair quiet for the first 6 overs of the game, this would create enough pressure to defend the total. Spink and Istiaq bowled well for the first four overs with Spink picking the wicket of H Hussain. Keighley then started to find the middle of the bat, dispatching any loose ball to the boundary edge. It has to be said for the first time this season the Congs bowling and work in the field was less than impressive and did not help our cause. After 11 overs Keighley had made their way to 74 and looked favorites to win the match. Congs continued to work hard but the game was slipping away from us. With six overs to go Keighley were cruising, needing 25 to win with wickets in hand. The fifteenth over of the game was one to remember. S Shahidi took 3 wickets and turned the game on its head. You could sense that the game was now wide open and it would be the team that could hold their nerve the would be the victor. In the next over Reece Istiaq picked up another 2 wickets with Luke Parkin taking 2 smart catches at point. The lads were on the verge of a memorable victory snatching the game from the jaws of defeat. A mix up between the last Keighley pair saw a run out and scenes of relief, joy, jubilation and an unconfirmed report of Ralph Middlebrook doing the conga whilst balancing a pint of John Smiths on his head in celebration of the lads booking their place in the cup final.

Although the lads did not play the best cricket, you will see what they did do was never give up the fight and showed the sort spirit that great teams are made of.

Pudsey Congs 109 for 5

Keighley  93 all out

Congs win by 16 runs and advance to the Final

Pudsey Congs U13’s v Cleckheaton U13’s

at Britannia

Thursday July 17th, 2008

Congs played host to Cleckheaton for their last home game of the season. The mood in the Congs camp was one of confidence and self belief. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Dale Spink and Reece Istiaq opened the bowling and gave little away with Spink picking up a wicket in his second over. Istiaq also bowled well and picked up a wicket in his two over spell to leave Cleckheaton in trouble on 7 for 2. The bowling was of a high standard from all the Congs players and after 11 overs the scoreboard had only reached 29. Cleckheatons opener S Reyman was the only batsmen who offered any kind of resistance before he was caught by Jamie Allan for 22 of the bowling of Shahidi. The Congs piled on the pressure and removed more Cleckheaton batsmen. Bal Lally and Nathan Dalton picked up a wicket apiece. It was Jamie Allan who delivered the killer blow with an amazing two over spell that brought him 2 wicket maidens and 3 wickets. After 20 overs Cleckheaton managed to reach 45 for the loss of 8 wickets.

Congs openers Barney Gibson and Ash Slater wasted no time and put the visitors bowlers to the sword from ball one. Gibson hit 20 before being run out. Slater 10 no and Cal Murgatroyd 5 not out, finished the demolition job passing the visitors total in five overs. This was another top class team performance by the lads. With only two league games to go this season, the Congs remain unbeaten in the league since the second game of this campaign

Cleckheaton 45 for 8

Pudsey Congs 46 for 1

Congs win by 9 wickets

Spen Victoria U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Spen

Thursday July 10th, 2008

It was billed as the game that would decide the destiny of this seasons U13 league title, with Spen unbeaten and Congs only losing the one league game to tonight’s opponents. With a sky full of dark rain clouds and a damp wicket,  winning the toss was a must. Spen’s captain came out on top and elected to bat. Opening batsmen Jack Seddon and A Wear took Congs bowling attack to the cleaners in the opening exchanges of the game and put on 57 from 6 overs. Cal Murgatroyd got the breakthrough bowling Wear for 28. Bal Lally removed the very dangerous Chris Rodwell for 11 with a sharp caught and bowled. Tom Huffingley made an immediate impact when he was brought in to the attack returning fantastic figures of 3 overs 3 runs for 3 wickets. This spell slowed down the rampaging Spen batsmen and gave Congs a chance to bowl out Spen for a reasonable total. Spens no 9 and 10 were in no mood to go down without a fight and added valuable runs at the bottom of the innings to leave the home side on 124 for 8 after 20 overs.

As the lads padded up and prepared to chase down Spens very competitive total, the heavens opened and the rain came down. After 20 minutes it was obvious that there would be no further play and the game was abandoned. This has not helped our quest to lift the league crown. With only 3  games to go we must now continue to win and hope Spen are beaten in their remaining games to keep our dream alive.

Pudsey Congs U13’s v Lightcliffe U13’s

at Britannia

Thursday July 3rd, 2008

As the season goes on each game for the Congs seems to be a big one, tonight was no exception. This was another must win game if we are to pursue our title aspirations. Batting first the Congs opening pair of Gibson and Moodley set about the Lightcliffe attack. The scoreboard raced to 38 after 5 overs, with both batsmen running well and dispatching any loose bowling. The pair put on a 50 partnership before Moodley retired on 30. Slater came to the crease but was run out without troubling the scorer. Murgatroyd joined Gibson in the middle and continued to move the score along at a good rate. Gibson reached 33 and retired. Callum  Murgatroyd continued his good run of form making his way to another quick fire 30 before retiring. Matt Humpleby made 8 before he was trapped LBW. With the score on 122 and with lots of batting still to come, and with a few overs to go, the middle order went after the Lightcliffe bowlers. Spink was caught in the deep after he attempted  to pull the ball in to Wicks car park. L Parkin suffered a similar fate playing the same shot to a ball that kept low. Nathan Dalton 9 not out, played a couple of nice sweep shots to help the team reach a very impressive 141 from 20 overs.

As the sun started set and the shadows got longer, it was Lightcliffe who had to produce something special. The job in hand got even harder as Dale Spink removed Lightcliffe’s opener first ball. Things did not get much better for the away side as Reice Istiaq picked up a wicket to leave the score on 8 for 2. Lightcliffe struggled to cope with the Congs bowling attack and soon found themselves in more trouble. Smart work in the field by Dalton brought a run out. More wickets tumbled as the middle order was removed to leave Lightcliffe in real trouble on 37 for 6. Huffingley and Parkin also continued to add to the misery picking up a wicket a piece. Wasim Bashir, Nate Dalton and Ash Slater all impressed with the ball, wrapping the game up in under 15 overs leaving the visitors on 46 all out.

Congs now travel to Spen Victoria next week to play in a game that will without doubt  have a massive bearing on the destiny of the league crown.

Pudsey Congs – 141 for 4

Lightcliffe 46 All out

Congs win by 95 runs

Pudsey Congs U13’s v Pudsey St Lawrence U13’s

at Britannia

Cup Second Round

Monday June 30th, 2008

Cup fever hit town as the Congs played host to Pudsey St Lawrence in a match that could shape the rest of the season for both teams. On a lovely sunny night and on a ground that looked fit for test match cricket, the Congs batted first. The bowling side were well disciplined and did not give much away, making Gibson and Moodley work hard to pick up runs. Moodley 13, fell in the 6th over trying to pull a ball that kept a bit low leaving the score on 20. After ten overs the Congs were just shy of 50. Gibson 24, looking to up the run rate, was caught at fine leg. Slater started to find the middle of the bat and soon made his way to 30 retired and pushed the score up towards the Century mark. Andrew Smith once again showed his class making important runs. Murgatroyd and Spink also went after the bowling in an attempt to move the score along. Saif Shahidi and Bal Lally finished the innings for the Congs leaving us on 108 for 5. Before the game we talked about 120 being a total we would like to reach.


As always it was important to get away to a good start and build some early pressure. The St Lawrence openers started well enough putting away any loose bowling and taking singles at every opportunity. Istiaq got the breakthrough for the Congs having Chippendale stumped to leave the score on 24 for 1. By the half way point, Lawrence had lost another 2 wickets thanks to the bowling of Smith and Parkin. With the score on 51 and the run rate increasing, it was only a matter of time before more wickets came. Smart work in the field by Moodley accounted for the wicket of Thomas with a direct hit. Parkin finished a really good spell of bowling with figures of 3 overs – 1 maiden – 7 runs for 1. Tom Huffingley worked hard for no reward. Dale Spink finished the game for the Congs picking up a wicket and sealing the victory for the boys. It has got to be said this was a hard fought contest with a result that could of gone either way for a large part of the game.

We now look forward to a place in the Semi Final on the July 21st.

Pudsey Congs 108 for 5

Pudsey St Lawrence 82 for 7 

Congs win by 26 runs

Lightcliffe U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Lightcliffe

Thursday June 26th, 2008

Cancelled due to rain

Rufforth CC U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at York

YCB National Cup – Round 2

Sunday June 22nd, 2008

Round 2 of the Under 13 National Cup found the Congs making the trip to York based side Rufforth CC.

A lovely setting to play cricket greeted the side as we arrived at the ground, the only thing that spoilt it were the weather conditions. High winds blew across the ground with a cold chill in the air, it was more like the north face of the Eiger !!!!!!!

Rufforth won the toss and decided to bat. The openers made there way to 21 before the breakthrough was made by Murgatroyd. Tom Huffingley bowled a terrific spell of bowling that turned the game on it’s head with figures of 3 over’s – 1 maiden, 4 runs for 4 wickets. Nathan Dalton and Cal Murgatroyd also chipped in with wickets. In the field everyone worked hard with the highlight being a brilliant diving catch in the covers by Dale Spink. The home side finished their innings on 75 for 8.

Despite the weather conditions the Congs were confident of chasing down this modest total if the form book was anything to go by. Congs were on the back foot early after opener Barney Gibson was out for a golden. Callum Murgatroyd 17 and Dale Spink 15 recovered the situation and worked the ball around nicely moving the score to 40 before Spink was removed LBW. Murgatroyd fell to a nasty ball that stayed low. With the score on 50 for 3 and needing only 26 to clinch victory this should of been a walk in the park. Unfortunately the Congs suffered a batting collapse and the team slumped to a very disappointing 67 all out.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our opponents for their kind hospitality, putting tea on for the boys and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the competition.

Rufforth 75 for 8

Pudsey congs 67 all out

Rufforth win by 8 runs

Pudsey St Lawrence U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Tofts Road

Thursday June 19th, 2008

Another big game faced the U13’s as the lads made the short trip to face Pudsey St Lawrence at Tofts road. Congs won the toss and elected to bat first. B Gibson and A Slater got off to another flyer putting on 18 in the first 2 overs before a mix up between the openers left Gibson on his way back to the Pavilion. A Smith joined Slater and played well making 11 before he was given out lbw leaving the score on 2 for 29.Dale Spink and Slater settled things down and moved the score on to 81 before Spink 13 was bowled. Boom Boom Slater struck the boundaries and made his way to 33 before retiring. Cal Murgatroyd dug in making 8 not out. Humpleby smashed the ball around making a quick fire13 before he was given leg before wicket. N Dalton was also given lbw leaving the score on 91 for 5. The St Lawrence bowlers worked hard in the closing overs of the game making scoring difficult. Murgatroyd and Saif Shahidi 11 not out, took what was on offer and got the team to a competitive score of 116 after 20 overs.

The key to victory was to bowl well in the opening overs of the game and build some pressure on our opponents. Spink picked up a wicket in the first over of his spell leaving St Lawrence on 8 for 1. Murgatroyd picked up his first wicket of the game bowling Beckett for 11. Reice Istiaq put on a bowling master class with a devastating 3 over spell returning figures of 3 overs, 2 maidens, 5 runs for 3 wickets and leaving PSL in trouble on 5 for 33 after 8 overs. Shahidi picked up a wicket with Gibson taking a sharp leg side stumping.  Sharp work in the field from Wasim Bashir had Kitson run out with a direct hit from deep third man. Bal Lally wrapped the innings up taking 2 wickets and leaving the home side all out for 62. This was another well polished performance by the lads in all departments.


Pudsey Congs 116 for 5

Pudsey St Lawrence 62 all out

Congs win by 54 runs

Pudsey Congs U13’s v Woodlands U13’s

at Britannia

Thursday June 12th, 2008

Congs played host to Woodlands at the Brit in a must win game. Woodlands, like the Congs, come in to the game with only one defeat this season. With Congs batting line up scoring plenty of runs his season it was no surprise we elected to bat after winning the toss. Once again the top order got the score board moving from ball one. Barney Gibson 31 NO and Keegan Moodley 16, dominated the Woodlands attack and put on 48 after 6 overs. Moodley fell trying to play one over the top leaving the score on 56. Ash “Boom Boom ” Slater came to the crease but was soon on his way back after being involved in a bizarre dismissal. Callum Murgatroyd made his way to the middle looking to build on the solid start. Murgatroyd settled down and played a measured innings with a mixture of attacking and defensive shots, making his way to 33 before retiering. Dale Spink made 9 before he was bowled trying to put one over the scoreboard. With the score on 103, Andrew Smith 10 NO played some nice cricket shots and showed he is looking like a very good batsman. Luke Parkin and Tom Huffingley both perished trying to push the score along in the closing overs of the game. Bal Lally and Smith saw out the rest of the innings to leave Congs on 114 for 5.

Congs strike bowlers Dale Spink and Ash Slater got on a good length and restricted Woodlands to 19 from the first six overs. Once again Reice Istiaq was as accurate and as economical as ever returning figures of 3 overs, 1 maiden, 2 for 1 wicket. Cal Murgatroyd put in a tidy spell 3 overs, 1 maiden, 6 for 1 wicket to build the pressure on the away side. A run out left Woodlands on 29 for 3 with 9 overs to go. Another solid performance in the field built up the pressure. Saif Shahidi making his bowling debut also returned great figures of 2 overs, 1 maiden, for only 2 runs. As the dot balls kept coming and the overs ticked away, the game slowly slipped away from Woodlands. After 20 overs the visitors finished on 74 for 3.

Congs extended their unbeaten run in the league and look forward to facing PSL next week.

Pudsey Congs 114 for 5

Woodlands 74 for 3 

Congs win by 40 runs

Pudsey Congs U13’s v Wibsey Park Chapel U13’s

at Britannia

Cup First Round

Monday June 9th, 2008

On a beautiful sun blessed evening the Congs took on Wibsey Park Chapel in the first round of the cup at the Britannia Ground. Wibsey must of been wondering what lay in store for them after suffering a big defeat in the league the week before.  Unfortunately they did not have to wait long to find out as the Congs elected to bat and set about building a winning score. Keegan Moodley 30 no and Ash Slater 30 no, wasted no time putting on over 60 in the six overs. Nathan Dalton hit a career best 27 before being trapped LBW. Luke Parkin made 10 before he fell to a very good catch. Tom Huffingley batted really well playing some great cricket shots making his way to 21 before being clean bowled. The runs were coming thick and fast, with the score well passed 120 Jamie Allan and Andrew Smith continued scoring 22 no and 10 no respectively, leaving the Congs on a massive 172 for 3.

Wibsey lasted 2 overs before the first wicket fell with Bal Lally the bowler. Wickets fell at regular intervals but to be fair to Wibsey their batsmen did try to dig in and stick around. Dalton picked up a couple of wickets for 1 run in his 2 over spell. Andrew Smith picked up 2 wickets for 0. Jamie Allan also bowled a very tidy spell bowling 2 maidens. Wicket keeper Matt Humpleby took a smart catch off the bowling of Smith. The rest of the Congs attack bowled well and operated well in the field to restrict the visitors to 27 for 8 from 20 overs.

Pudsey Congs 172 for 3

Wibsey Park Chapel 27 for 8

Congs win by 145 runs

Northowram U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Northowram

Thursday June 5th, 2008

The picturesque setting of Northowram fields was the stage for tonight’s league clash for the Congs.


We lost  the toss and were asked to bat. From ball one openers Moodley and Murgatroyd got the scoreboard ticking taking quick singles. The score moved to 40 before Cal Murgatroyd 7 was adjudged LBW. Moodley made his way to 33 before retiring. Ash Slater and Dale Spink continued to build a good score. Spink made 10 before being deceived by a ball that kept low. Slater added to his season tally with 25 before he was done by the unpredictable pitch. Barney Gibson 30 retired and Andrew Smith 20 not out, worked well together and moved the score on well passed the 100 run mark. Nathan Dalton played a nice little cameo making 9 no and helped the lads reach a massive 147 off their 20 overs.

Tom Huffingley opened the bowling and once again found himself amongst the wickets returning figures of 3 overs 1 run for 2 wickets. Wasim Bashir also continued his good form taking 2 for 5. Luke Parkin took a wicket against his old club and left the home side in big trouble on 4 for 7. Matt Humpleby bowled a good 2 over spell without reward. Opener Moodley turned his arm over and finished with 2 overs 1 maiden 1 run for 1 wicket. Murgatroye got in on the act having Northowrams number 9 caught by Slater. Dalton also picked up a wicket to leave the home side on 32 all out.

Another very good performance by the lads leaves them on 5 wins out of six in the league.

Northowram 32 all out

Pudsey Congs 147 for 4

Congs win by 115 runs

Pudsey Congs U13’s v Spen Victoria U13’s

at Britannia

YCB National Cup – Round 1

Monday June 2nd, 2008

The YCB National Cup Competition saw Congs drawn against the only team to beat us this season Spen Victoria. The lads were keen to put in a good performance against a very strong Spen team. We lost the toss and were asked to bowl by Spen’s Captain. A good start from Congs saw Spen lose the wicket of H Edwards with the score on 10 with another great catch from Matt Humpleby off the bowling of Ash Slater. J Seddon 30 and C Rodwell 23 made good progress moving the score on nicely. After Seddon retired, D Cross came to the middle but was soon on his way back to the hutch after being caught by Jamie Allan off the bowling of Wasim Bashir. Tom Huffinley added another wicket to his season tally removing Rodwell. B Williamson made a useful contribution with the bat before Bashir had him caught by Slater and leave the score on 89 for 4. Bashir picked up his third wicket of the innings trapping Newsome LBW. Spen finished their innings on 92 for 5

Although the total was competitive, the Congs were confident of chasing it down. Spens’ attack bowled well and pegged back openers Gibson and Moodley restricting them to 18 runs from the first six overs. Moodley then started to find the middle of the bat and dispatched a series of balls to the boundary and got the team back up with the run rate. Ash Slater continued his good run of form striking the ball to all parts of the ground. Gibson was out for 10 to leave the score on 57 for 1. Cal Mugatroyd joined Slater at the crease and played very well nudging the ball around nicely and rotating the strike with Slater. Ash made his 30 before retiring with the score on 80.Congs lost Murgatroyd for 8 and Matt Humpleby in quick succession to leave us on 83 for 3 with 3 over’s to go. It was left to Dale Spink and Tom Huffingley to see the boys home. Spink wasted no time in finishing the game with some aggressive batting blasting the boys through to the next round of the Competition.

Spen Victoria 92 for 5

Pudsey Congs 93 for 3

Congs Advance

Pudsey Congs U13’s v Wibsey Park Chapel U13’s

at Britannia

Thursday May 29th, 2008

Congs played host to Wibsey Park Chapel on a dull and overcast night at the Brit.


Congs were keen to win the toss and bat first. Win the toss we did and padded up. Openers Keegan Moodley 32 no and Barney Gibson 32 no, both retired and set a solid foundation. Big hitting Ash Slater did not hang about and raced to 30 no before retiring. Matt Humpleby 16 no played with real intent and kept the scoreboard moving along nicely. At this point the lads had made their way to 120 without loss. With the sky’s getting darker by the minute and with seven over’s still to bat, the Congs decided to declare before the light faded and try to get a result from the game. What happened next was not something you see everyday. Ash Slater opened the bowling from the scoreboard end, his first over brought 2 Wibsey wickets for 1 run. Dale Spink charged in and opened his account with a wicket maiden. Slater’s second over brought another 3 wickets. Spink then took another 3 wickets in his second over to leave him on career best figures of 2 over’s, 1 maiden, 0 runs for 4 wickets and end the game, leaving Wibsey all out for 4.

Although our opponents were well beaten tonight by a very strong Congs side, I would like to pay tribute to all the Wibsey players for the way in which they conducted themselves and the spirit in which they played the game and still managed to keep smiling despite the result.


Pudsey Congs 120 for 0 declared  

Wibsey Park Chapel – 4 all out

 Congs win by 116 runs

Liversedge U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Liversedge

Thursday May 22nd, 2008

The U13’s were on the road again making the trip to Liversedge CC. Congs were keen to win the toss and bat first but for the third week in a row, we lost and were asked to field. It became clear early on that the pitch was bowler friendly with lots of variable bounce making batting quite tricky. Despite this the Congs bowling attack did not make the most of the conditions and for once struggled to find a consistent line and length. Good work in the field accounted for Liversedge’s openers with both batsmen run out. Tom Huffinley picked up another wicket bowling Newsome for 4. Andrew Smith making his U13 debut took a fine one handed catch off the bowling of Cal Mugatroyd. Another wicket fell by way of a run out. Nathan Dalton picked up a wicket with the second ball of his spell combining with Andrew smith who took his second catch of the game and a much deserved fielding point. Liversedge made their way to 65 for 6 after 20 over’s.

Once again the Congs opening pair of Keegan Moodley and Barney Gibson 25 n.o did not waste any time in finding the boundary. The score raced to 41 after 4 over’s before Moodley 14 was run out. Big hitting Ash Slater did not waste anytime ,wrapping the game up smashing 22 n o and help the boys record another convincing win finishing the game in under 8 overs.

Liversedge 65 for 6

Pudsey Congs  71 for 1 

Congs win by 9 wickets

Undercliffe U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Undercliffe

Thursday May 15th, 2008

Congs were full of confidence and ready to build on last weeks great result against Cleckheaton.

Our opponents tonight Undercliffe won the toss and elected to have a bat. The Congs attack settled in to a good rhythm from ball one and made life hard for Undercliffe’s openers. A Shabir was made to work hard for his 16 before Tom Huffingley made the breakthrough leaving the home side on 38 for 1. More pressure from all the bowlers and good work in the field brought another wicket, Jamie Allan clean bowling Rawad for 8. Matt Humpleby took a stunning catch in the covers off the bowling of Luke Parkin to leave the home side on 55 for 3. Dale Spink also got in on the act clean bowling Hussain for 2 . Nathan Dalton picked up the wicket of S Hussian 21 trapping him L.B.W. Undercliffe finished their 20 over’s on 72 for 5.

As the light faded Congs opening pair of Barney Gibson and Ash Slater came to the crease. The boys picked up were they left off last week and got the score board ticking along nicely. Slater made his way to 22 before nicking one to the Undercliffe keeper and leave the score on 58 for 1. Gibson made his way to 30 before retiring. It was left to Callum Murgatroye 6 not out and Dale Spink 4 not out, to wrap the game up and record another comfortable win for the U13’s finishing the game with 10 over’s to spare.

Well done to all the lads for a great team effort.

Fielding point goes to Matt Humpleby.

Undercliffe 72 for 5

Pudsey Congs 75 for 1

Congs win by 9 wickets

Cleckheaton U13’s v Pudsey Congs U13’s

at Cleckheaton Ground

Thursday May 8th, 2008

At last some proper cricket weather and a lovely looking Cleckheaton ground was the stage for the U13

first away fixture of the season. After last weeks disappointment the boys were keen to get back to winning ways. The Congs lost the toss and were asked to bowl by the Cleckheaton Captain. Opening bowlers Reace Istiaq and Dale Spink both bowled very tidy spells restricting the batting side to 16 from four over’s with Spink removing Rob Lowe for a duck. Cal Murgatroyd also picked up a wicket from his three over spell, finishing with 5 for 1.Wasim Bashir kept the momentum going bowling three overs for 10 runs. Nathan Dalton worked hard without reward before Luke Parkin making his U13 debut took two wickets for 5 runs. With some great work in the field, Cleckheaton struggled to find runs. It was left to Tom Huffingly and Louis Surtees to polish off the home side with Tom finishing with 3 wickets for 12 runs. Louis ended up taking 3 for 3 from one over. Matt Humpleby also worked hard in the field to leave the home side on a modest 60 all out.

A very dangerous looking Shahid Raymond opened the bowling for Cleckheaton. Openers Keegan Moodley and Barney Gibson settled down and soon started to find the middle of the bat. Gibson hit 30 from 21 balls before retiring. Moodley also played some great strokes and raced to 20 not out hitting a lovely cover drive for 4 to finish the game in less than 8 overs and record a comprehensive 10 wicket win.

Well done to all the lads for responding in such a positive way.

Cleckheaton 60 all out

Pudsey Congs  63 for 0

Pudsey Congs U13’s v Spen Victoria U13’s

at Britannia Ground

Thursday May 1st, 2008

After a week of all junior matches been lost to the weather the under 13’s were blessed with some half decent weather and were able to kick off there 2008 league campaign playing host to Spen Victoria. Congs won the toss and elected to have a bowl on what was a very green and damp wicket. Spen’s batsmen had to work hard from the start to contend with some good bowling and a unpredictable track. Despite some good bowling and some great work in the field, Spen’s batters got to grips with the tricky conditions and began to find the boundary rope at regular intervals. Tom Huffinley was the only bowler who managed to take a wicket having Jack Sedon 26 brilliantly caught at long off by Nathan Dalton. Spens A Wear also made a great contribution with the bat ending his innings on 31 not out leaving the visitors on a very competitive 90 for  2.

Congs openers Keegan Moodley and Callum Murgatroyd set about chasing down the Spen Victoria total. The score moved to 9 before Murgatroyd top edged one to square leg. Matt Humpleby came in at three and played well making his way to 8 before holing out at deep mid wicket. With the exception of Keegan Moodley 15, the rest of the Congs batting line up struggled to put together any sort of meaningful innings and wickets fell at regular intervals. Washim Bashir made 7 not out before the team slumped to a very disappointing 46 all out. Credit must go to Spen for a very polished performance with both bat and ball.

Despite losing the game the boys gave 100% commitment and played with pride and passion and will I am sure, bounce back over the course of the summer.

Spen Victoria 90 – 2

Pudsey Congs 46 All out

Under 15’s A Season in review 2008

Courtesy of Chris Murgatroyd

It doesn’t seem two minutes ago since we gathered to select the team for the seasons opener away at Undercliffe. I had asked for some input from three trusted friends, Trevor on the admin side, Kayson on the coaching/selection and Derick Wilkinson as the voice of experience (a man who has already forgot more than most of us will ever know about the game). We set about selecting a team with a good blend and the potential to be in the mix at the end of the season.

Many Questions asked: would the experience of Jack and Josh lead the team well. Did we have enough batting? Who could open the bowling? Did we have a good spin bowler?  The biggest talking point was could some of our younger players do a job for us? Would Barney cope with the gloves at this age? He went on to keep for our under 17s and capped a fantastic season with selection for the North of England under 13s. Would this be a season that Keegan could fill his potential and score plenty of runs at the top of the order? Keegan did more than expected, and also had his best season for Yorkshire. Was Stephen Robinson to be trusted with the new ball? He opened the bowling with great effect when given the responsibility. Questions over, happy with our selection we started our season.

As the season progressed we found that we had a great squad full of characters, from the quiet thinker (Josh), the joker in the pack (Omar), to the smallest but loudest (Spinky).  It was a season that we would win far more than we would ever lose, our biggest loss however was losing players to representative games and Senior Cricket at crucial times, but the younger lads dug deep showing great character. Asked to enter a team into the ECB National Tournament, we went on a great adventure playing our best cricket, games which made you proud to be involved. Shaan’s six wicket haul and Raheels big hitting 50, twelve men fielding to the very best of their ability, FANTASTIC.

Throughout the season consistent batting from Jack and Keegan, good opening spells from Josh and Raheel, great back up bowling from Adam, Shaan, Callum, Spinky, Stephen, Raees, Tom, Nathan and excellent spells of spin bowling from Jeevan. As far as winning trophies is concerned, we end our season with little to show, but in real terms we are winners in every department. A season of cricket played in good spirit, filled with great moments. A team to be proud of in the way they have conducted themselves on the field. Jack (Spen Victoria) and Josh enjoying second team cricket, and the majority of the squad playing 3rd or 4th team cricket. Congratulations to Jack, Josh, Raheel, Shaan, Keegan, Barney, Callum, Spinky and Raees who all got selected to play representative matches at different levels throughout the season.

The trophy cabinet may be bare this year but we all have good memories to take away. I all ways say in kids sport that its great being a winner, but you must go on in life with happy memories and have good tales to tell along the way.

Thanks to Mick Hirst for your help as Junior Chairman, John Malpass for your hard work, Neil Humpleby for keeping our scorebook so tidy, and Glen Duffield in Canada for keeping the brilliant Congs website up to date

 Big thanks also to Trevor, Kayson and Derick

Pudsey Congs U15’s v Saltaire U15’s at Britannia

Sunday August 3rd, 2008

Saltaire 115 for 2

Pudsey Congs 116 for 0
Shaan Rashid 50no & Keegan Moodley 47no

Pudsey Congs U15’s v Undercliffe U15’s at Britannia

Sunday July 20th, 2008

Undercliffe 127 for 5
Pudsey Congs 79 for 6
Ashley Slater 53 no

Pudsey St Lawrence U15’s v Pudsey Congs U15’s at PSL

Sunday July 27th, 2008

Congs 115 for 3
Jack Murgatroyd 50 no

PSL. 118 for 3

Lightcliffe U15’s v Pudsey Congs U15’s at Lightcliffe

Sunday July 13th, 2008

Lightcliffe 98 for 7 wickets
Shaan Rashid 4 overs, 3 wickets, 11 runs.

Pudsey Congs 92 for 6 wickets
Omar Mahmood 28 no, Keegan Moodley 20, Jack Murgatroyd 26

Mount U15’s v Pudsey Congs U15’s at Britannia

Sunday July 6th, 2008

Cancelled due to rain

Keighley U15’s v Pudsey Congs U15’s at Keighley

Friday July 4th, 2008

Pudsey Congs 108 for 3 wickets
J Murgatroyd 53 not out

Keighley 110 for 5 wickets
Adam Patrick 4 overs, 2 wickets, 26 runs
Dale Spink 3 overs, 2 wickets, 14 runs


Pudsey Congs U15’s v Driffield U15’s

Home – ECB National Cup Semi Final

Sunday June 29th, 2008

Pudsey Congs 76 All out
Keegan Moodley 29

Driffield 77 for 4
Adam Patrick 4 overs, 9 runs 2 wickets

On a day when Pudsey Congs main Priority was Senior Cricket, the U15’s have turned up to play in undoubtedly the biggest game they may ever play. The Congs fielded a team made up of 12 year olds with the odd 15 year old. With a good partnership between Keegan and Barney, we managed to score 76.

After a good four overs picking up 2 wickets, the opposition got into their stride and comfortably knocked off the runs. Watching the second Semi final you could see two teams brimming with Yorkshire players. Different Clubs with different priorities. How different it could be!

There’s always next year, Well done Lads!!!

Pudsey Congs U15’s v Old Sharleston U15’s

Home – ECB National Cup Quarter Final

Friday June 27th, 2008

Pudsey Congs 137 for 3 wickets
Shaan Rashid 50 no & Raheel Ahmed 42

Old Sharlston 103 for 7 wickets

Another great team performance against a very big hitting team.

Congs move on to the Regional Semi Final and Final Sunday June 29th at New Farnley CC.


Pudsey Congs U15’s v Gomersal U15’s

Home – ECB National Cup Round 3

Monday June 23rd, 2008

Pudsey Congs 96 for 7 wickets
Raheel Ahmed 55 not out

Gomersal 56 all out
Shaan Rashid 4 overs, 16 runs, 6 wickets

Barney Gibson outstanding glove work. All round brilliant fielding performance.

Congs emphatic win

Pudsey Congs U15’s v Great Horton Church U15’s at Britannia Ground

Sunday June 22nd, 2008

Pudsey Congs 99 for 4 wickets
Raheel Ahmed 40, Josh Purser 25

Great Horton Church 94 for 9 wickets
Callum Murgatroyd 3 overs, 14 runs, 3 wickets

Congs win!

East Bierley U15’s v Pudsey Congs U15’s at East Bierley

Sunday June 15th, 2008

Pudsey Congs 143 for 4 wickets
K Moodley 52 no,
J Murgatroyd 48

East Bierley 103 for 8 wickets
N Dalton 4 overs, 25 runs, 4 wickets
J Basra 4 overs, 19 runs, 3 wickets

Congs win!

Pudsey Congs U15’s v Cleckheaton U15’s at Britannia Ground

Sunday June 8th, 2008

Pudsey Congs 138 for 4
J Murgatroyd 42
R Ahmed 45
S Rashid 33

Cleckheaton 56 all out
J Purser 2 overs, 4 runs, 3 wickets
J Basra 2 overs, 7 runs, 2 wickets
Congs win

Spen Victoria U15’s v Pudsey Congs U15’s

Away – National Cup Round 1

Sunday May 25th, 2008

Spen Victoria 74 for 9 wickets
R Ahmed 4 overs, 2 wickets for 3 runs
J Bazra 2 overs, 2 wickets for 2 runs
A Patrick 4 overs 2 wickets for 12 runs.

Pudsey Congs 75 for 2 wickets
S Rashid 24no

Congs advance

Great Horton Church U15’s v Pudsey Congs U15’s

Away – Cup Round 1

Monday May 19th, 2008

Pudsey Congs 91 for 6 – R Ahmed 31, S Robinson 22

Great Horton Church 92 for 2

Great Horton Church advance

Pudsey Congs U15’s v Pudsey St Lawrence U15’s at Britannia Ground

Sunday May 18th, 2008

Pudsey St Lawrence 74 for 7

S Rashid – 3 overs, 8 runs for 2 wickets
S Robinson –  4 overs, 3 runs, 1 wicket

Pudsey Congs 78 for 2

J Murgatroyd 20, R Ahmed 29

Congs win!

Undercliffe U15’s v Pudsey Congs U15’s at Undercliffe

Sunday May 11th, 2008

Undercliffe 101 for 5
Pick of the bowlers was Jevan Basra 4 overs, 17runs, 3 wickets.

Pudsey Congs 93 for 3
Jack Murgatroyd 50 not out, Keegan Moodley 21

Undercliffe Win!

Bradford Junior Under 17’s

Fixture List 2008

Manager: Michael Brook

Match Reports 2008

Courtesy of Michael Brook & Tom Brook



Thornbury v Pudsey Congs

Wed August 6th, 2008

Rained off due to Waterlogged pitch

Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

Wed July 23rd, 2008

Match report courtesy of Tom Brook

It was another short journey for the Pudsey side today to visit their local rivals Pudsey St Lawrence. For such local rivals you always hope to field your strongest XI but unfortunately PCCC had a few regulars missing and so welcomed Callum Murgatroyd and Ash Slater to the team. However, PSL were at full strength meaning they had Bradford league 1st XI players playing. This meant it was always going to be an uphill struggle for the boys. On a warm and bright evening PSL won the toss and decided to bat first on what looked like a good batting wicket. Before taking to the field the temporary coach Abid Bashir had advised the boys not to use a brand new ball as it would be hit far and to instead use a old “dogs ball” as it could not be hit as far. The players thought Abid was suggesting that in jest but it turns out they should have listened to the vast experience of Abid as the ball was hit far and wide with PSL totalling 192 in their 20 overs. The St Lawrence batting order was just too strong for the inexperienced PCCC and unfortunately heads dropped out on the field meaning mistakes were made and the bowlers were unsupported in the field with some drop catches! At the half way stage the boys felt extremely deflated but still felt with some clean hitting from the openers they were in with a chance.

Jack Murgatroyd and Chris Doey once again opened the PCCC innings. Both batsmen knew they were going to have to hit 50’s from the best bowling attack in junior cricket to help us to amass the huge total of 193. Unfortunately after both getting started they both fell in quick succession after looking relatively comfortable at the crease. This brought Raheel Ahmed and Theren Moodley to the crease who again looked comfortable but unfortunately the required run rate got the better of them and they both succumbed playing big shots to stay with the rate. Callum Murgatroyd then made a skilful 5 and Naeem Aheer made 18 meaning that Josh Purser needed to hit 82 from the last delivery. Unfortunately he only managed to hit four ensuring PSL a comfortable victory.

PSL took advantage of the batsmen friendly track and offered few chances but unfortunately these chances were not taken. Every bowler bowled a decent line and length; unfortunately the opposition hit the ball hard and very well continuously.  PCCC managed to restore pride into the game with the bat and I feel that 115 is a very respectable score against any team never mind the best junior bowling line up! Overall the boys should not be disheartened, the players gave a good account of themselves and they were unfortunately beaten by the better team.

Pudsey St Lawrence 192-3 – J. Purser 4-0-2-28

PCCC- 115-6 – T. Moodley 26

Farsley v Pudsey Congs

Wed July 16th, 2008

Match report courtesy of Tom Brook

This Wednesday brought another short trip up the road to Farsley but unfortunately this time the weather was not quite as inviting with black skies greeting us. Farsley won the toss and elected to have a bowl first and make use of the good conditions for bowling. However, Chris Doey and Jack Murgatroyd who were opening the batting for Pudsey had other ideas. Chris and Jack were quick between the wickets as usual and this accompanied with some good clean hitting from Chris, helped us to 57-0 from the first 10 overs. At this point both men decided that a very large score was needed and the pace quickly accelerated. Jack was eventually dismissed for 37 leaving the score on 85-1 after 14 overs. This brought Lahiru Dissanayaka to the crease who picked up where Jack left off racing off the mark with three boundaries in quick succession. Chris continued his clean hitting and soon retired on 52 not out, another fantastic innings. Theren came and went quickly but Zarak Khan and Lahiru hit 37 from the last four overs to leave PCCC on a massive score of 150-2 from our 20 overs.

Pudsey Congs150-2 – C. Doey 52 NO, J. Murgatroyd 33, L. Dissanayaka 22 NO, Z. Khan 27 NO

After that performance with the bat, the Congs set out to field in high spirits and Chris and Zarak were handed the new ball. Farsley knew they would have to score quickly to stand a chance of staying in the game and after a tight over each from the openers, R. Monaghan and J. Greaves decided to let loose. Some good fortune accompanied with some top quality hitting meant that after 10 overs, Farsley were 100-0 with the opener Greaves retired on 53 not out. At this point the heavens opened and the play was suspended for rain. This gave the Congs time to regroup and after a short delay, the players returned to the field with PCCC fired up Almost immediately a wicket fell, R. Monaghan was caught and bowled fantastically by Adam Patrick, another wicket soon followed after a stunning catch from Keegan Moodley again from the bowling of Adam Patrick. This meant Farsley were 129-2 after 15 overs. Farsley began to consolidate through R. Jones and A. Maddison and it looked as though Farsley were about to win, as Farsley needed just four to win from the last over. The ball was handed to Lahiru and after his heroics with the bat, could he perform further heroics with the ball? His first ball went for a single meaning Farsley only needed 2 runs to win but then out of nowhere Lahiru bowled the perfect Yorker to bowl A. Maddison and a deathly silence came around the ground. The next 3 balls were again full and straight and no runs were scored. The equation was simple from the last ball – 3 to win, 2 to draw anything less and it was a win for PCCC. Another perfect ball was bowled from Lahiru and the batter could do nothing, Lahiru whipped off the bails at the bowlers end running the batter out and the field erupted into celebration. Pudsey Congs U17’s had come back from certain defeat to win by 2 runs in the pitch black.

Farsley 148-4 – L. Dissanayaka 4-0-15-2

Pudsey Congs v Idle

Wed July 9th, 2008

Rained off due to Waterlogged pitch

Pudsey Congs v Hepworth / Idle

July 2nd, 2008

Pudsey welcomed Hepworth/Idle to the Britannia and were in hopeful mood following their victory the previous week. The home side welcomed back a few of their more experienced players but were hampered by the lack of a recognised wicket keeper – thanks went to Theren Moodley who “volunteered” for the task for this match.

Hepworth batted first on a flat track and although no wickets fell early on the opening bowlers, Chris and Raheel bowled good tight spells and runs were at a premium. After the first 10 overs the visitors had been restricted to only 37 runs and they were aware that they had to increase their run rate. Lahiru again bowled very well and took two wickets in 2 balls – the third time this season he’s managed that feat – but was again unlucky in missing out on a deserved hat-trick. The Hepworth batsmen finally managed to score some boundaries as they flung their bats at every ball towards the end of the innings, but this week the Congs fielders were much improved and managed to keep the visitors down to a manageable total of 110 at the end of their 20 overs.

The Congs were confident in their reply and the opening pair of Chris Doey and Theren Moodley played excellently from the start, taking quick singles and finding the boundary at regular intervals. The scoring rate never dropped below 8 per over and the pair played some very confident shots including a cheeky reverse sweep from Chris. Neither batsman gave a chance and the total was reached with over 6 overs to spare and without the loss of any wickets

This was a much improved overall performance and, although the bowling can still improve further, it is clear to see that the confidence is starting to return to the side and if this continues then the team will soon rise up the table.

Match Summary:

Hepworth / Idle:  110 – 4 wkts  (20 overs) – C Doey 4 – 1 – 10 – 0, L Dissanayaka  4 – 0 – 16 – 2, Z Khan 4 – 0 – 18 – 0

Pudsey Congs: 111 – 0 wkts (13.4 overs) – T Moodley  48 n.o., C Doey  38 n.o.

Farlsey v Pudsey Congs

June 25th, 2008

Pudsey travelled the short distance to Farsley on a nice sunny evening but with a depleted side and were grateful for a number of younger players for making themselves available.

Farsley were also short of a few regulars and were pleased to win the toss and bat first on a good pitch. The Congs opening bowlers started well and after a tight first over the breakthrough came in the second over as Raheel cleaned bowled the young opening bat. However, the Farsley captain was determined to score freely and he took the attack to the Congs bowlers and, due to some lax fielding and a host of dropped catches, the scoreboard ticked over at a steady rate. Various bowlers were used and all tried hard but were unable to make the breakthrough, although the scoring rate was at least kept in check. Farsley closed their innings on an impressive 124 after their allotted overs but this really should have been much less had chances been taken in the field.

Chasing such a total the visitors knew they needed to get off to a good start and this was done impressively by openers Jack Murgatroyd and Chris Doey. Both batsmen took the fight to the bowlers and also ran well between the wickets to put pressure onto the fielders. Runs came at a quick rate and the Farsley side soon became dispirited and their fielding display also faltered. Chris Doey retired on 53 not out and Jack was unluckily run out for a fine 38 but the run chase was easily achieved with over 3 overs remaining.

This was a depleted side so the victory was very welcome and achieved due to some excellent batting. However, if more victories are to follow then there must be a big improvement in the bowling and particularly the fielding – still a big well done to all concerned and particularly the youngsters making their debuts.

Match Summary:

Farsley 124 – 1 wkt (20 overs) – C.Doey 4 – 0 – 13 – 0 and J Purser  4 – 0 – 15 – 0.

Pudsey Congs 125 –  3 wkts (16.5 overs) – C Doey  53 n.o. and J Murgatroyd 38

Pudsey Congs v Yeadon

Wed June 18th, 2008

Rained off due to Waterlogged pitch

Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

June 11th, 2008

Pudsey travelled to Undercliffe this week with a seriously under strength side and took the opportunity to give debuts to two talented 12 year old’s who both have a big future at the club.

Undercliffe won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked to be a very good wicket. The Congs bowlers tried hard to find a break through but some very good aggressive batting by the opening pair kept the score board ticking over at a good rate. The partnership was finally broken by Lahiru who again took two wickets in two balls and he was well supported by Naeem who bowled three excellent overs of slow spin for only 5 runs. Some aggressive, and often quite lucky, big hitting at the end of the innings saw Undercliffe to an impressive total of 131 at the end of their allotted overs.

The inexperienced Congs side decided to alter the normal batting line up and Chris Doey opened with Lahiru in an attempt to get the innings off to a quick start. This worked well for the first couple of overs as the pair ran brilliantly between the wickets. Unfortunately, Lahiru was then very unfortunate to receive a ball that shot along the floor to be cleaned bowled. The next two batters both tried to support Chris but both perished in quick succession and this brought the skipper, Thomas to the crease. However, he provided admirable support to Chris and the scoreboard kept ticking over at a healthy rate until Chris tried to go for one big shot too many and was stumped. Thomas took over the responsibility and was given good support, firstly by Tyler and Kasim and latterly by debutant Barney Gibson as he and Thomas refused to give up the chase. Ultimately, they fell 15 runs short but the whole team should take heart from a very spirited run chase and a good performance by a very inexperienced side.

Match Summary:

Undercliffe: 131 – 5 wkts  (20 overs) – L. Dissanayaka  4 – 0 – 26 – 2, N Aheer  3 – 0 – 5 -0, A Patrick  3 – 0 – 19 – 1.

Pudsey Congs: 115 – 6 Wkts (20 overs) – T. Brook  32 n.o., C Doey 28, B Gibson 13 n.o.

Pudsey Congs v Thornbury

June 4th, 2008

Pudsey welcomed Thornbury to the Britannia ground on a sunny evening but on a pitch that was still recovering from the previous days deluge and indeed a special thanks is required to the groundstaff for ensuring the game could even go ahead.

Congs unfortunately lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a green and soft pitch. The openers found scoring difficult due to the slowness of the pitch and the accurate bowling and defensive fields set by the opposition. As they attempted to force the pace both were cleaned bowled and the pressure was firmly on the home side as the run rate was too slow. The score was only just past 30 at the half way stage and although Chris Doey tried to hit a few lusty blows and improve the running between the wicket he also paid the price as he was stumped attempting one big hit too many. Jack Murgatroyd was joined at the crease by skipper, Thomas Brook, and these two finally managed to play sensibly and although boundaries were still elusive they did manage to score at least a run a ball and put some pressure on the opposition. They managed to produce a partnership of 34 in quick time but both sacrificed their wickets in the final couple of overs and the innings finally ended on a rather disappointing 87 at the end of the 20 overs.

Thornbury were in confident mood as they began their response and showed Pudsey how to play on a slow wicket with some powerful shots but also quick running between the wickets. The Pudsey bowlers were probably guilty of trying a bit too hard and it wasn’t until the introduction of Lahiru Dissanayaka that the home side made the breakthrough. This was done in impressive style though as he initially bowled the impressive opener and then immediately followed that up with a superb yorker to clean bowl the new batsmen. His hat-trick ball was also very impressive but was a little too good for the new batter who just failed to get an edge as the ball flew through to the keeper. Lahiru did manage a third wicket the following over but it was too little too late for the home side as Thornbury eased home with just over 4 overs to spare.

The Congs are a young side in this league but do possess a lot of talent. However, if they are to progress this season they will need to work harder on all aspects of the game and particularly learn to put opposition bowlers under more pressure to create more defendable targets. I am however confident in their ability and remain optimistic for the future.

Match Summary:

Pudsey Congs: 87 – 7 wkts  (20 overs) – J Murgatroyd 22, T Brook 15

Thornbury: 88 – 3 wkts  (15.3 overs) – L Dissanayaka 4 – 0 – 18 – 3

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

May 21st, 2008

The Congs were at home against a very strong Pudsey St Lawrence team hoping to bounce back from the previous weeks close defeat.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first in the hope of setting a challenging target. The openers, Lahiru and Zarak started positively and were looking to rotate the score against some very accurate and aggressive opening bowling. They managed to repel the bowlers but scoring was very difficult as the visitors maintained the pressure. Unfortunately, Zarak was well caught at square leg as he tried for a boundary and the new batsmen were unable to get into any kind of rhythm. The experienced bowlers turned the screw and only Lahiru was able to play any expansive shots and even then he found it difficult. The batsmen all tried to up the tempo but wickets started to fall at regular intervals and the home side had to settle for a score of 83 at the end of their allotted overs.

In their reply the visitors again relied on experience and, knowing they were only chasing a modest target, they decided to play some aggressive shots. Both batsmen initially struggled against some good pace bowling, particularly from Zarak in his opening couple of overs, but also found the boundary at regular intervals. The home side tried rotating the bowling but it some became apparent that the visitors were going to achieve this target. The Congs skipper, Thomas, decided to give a couple of players a rare opportunity to bowl and young Toby Ward took his opportunity and clean bowled the opener and immediately had No.3 caught in the covers to find himself bowling for a hat-trick! Unfortunately, he couldn’t quite manage a third wicket but I’m sure he’ll remember the night for some time to come. The visitors eventually reached their target with time to spare to record a comprehensive victory on the night.


Match summary:  

Pudsey Congs: 83 – 9 wkts (20 overs) – L.Dissanayaka 28

Pudsey St Lawrence 88 – 2 wkts

Pudsey Congs v Farsley

May 14th, 2008

The Congs were at home against local rivals Farsley looking to bounce back after the disappointment of exiting the cup this week.

Farsley won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked to be a good wicket at the Britannia ground. The two opening batters were aggressive from the outset and looked to score as freely as possible. The bowlers tried to maintain their discipline but there were too many loose balls and unfortunately too many sloppy mistakes in the field that allowed the score to mount at a rapid rate. An excellent catch by Thomas Brook, diving to his right at extra cover, brought the first wicket and it was well deserved by the pick of the Congs bowlers, Larihu Dissanayaka.  Farsley continued to push for runs and the home side were made to struggle to keep in the match. Further wickets did fall and this helped to restrict Farsley but they still managed to reach an impressive 142 runs by the end of their 20 overs.

The Congs re-grouped at the interval, had a few choice words from their manager, and decided to make a game of it. The openers, Larihu and Zarak, started at a brisk pace and ran well between the wickets to put some pressure back on Farsley. The boundaries also started to come and the home side started to grow in confidence. Unfortunately, Larihu was unluckily run out by a direct hit as he attempted a tight second run and he was soon followed by Raheel who fell LBW in the next over. However, the Congs refused to throw in the towel and Chris Doey, promoted to number 4, took up the gauntlet along with Zarak. Although Zarak was then cleaned bowled the remaining batsmen, particularly Naeem and Thomas, all chipped in with valuable runs and crucially managed to create partnerships with Chris so the momentum was maintained. The Congs reached the last 2 overs still needing nearly 20 runs but the regular fall of wickets, including the crucial dismissal of Chris for 42, saw them ultimately fall short by an agonising 4 runs.

This was a very spirited run chase and bodes well for the future but the lesson to be learned is that tighter bowling and more discipline in the field would have seen a different result.

Match Summary:

Farsley 142 – 5 wkts (20 overs), L Dissanayaka  4 – 1 – 14 – 1

Pudsey Congs 138 –  7 wkts  (20 overs), C Doey 42

Farsley win by 4 runs

Woodlands v Pudsey Congs (Cup, first round)

Monday May 12th, 2008

The Congs travelled to Woodlands expecting a tough game for what was probably the pick of the first round matches.
The home side won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bat first. Accurate bowling from Chris and Raheel brought early dividends as opener Adam Wood was well caught at mid wicket. The bowlers maintained the pressure and were unlucky not to pick up further wickets as both batsmen lived dangerously. The change bowlers of Lahiru and Zarak also bowled well and the talented Woodlands opener, Tom Smallwood, was forced to try his luck with some expansive shots. Unfortunately, he played with growing confidence and cleared the boundary on a number of occasions to put the pressure back on the bowlers. Congs skipper, Thomas Brook, rotated the bowling well and was rewarded by excellent spells from youngsters Adam Patrick and Josh Purser who bowled tight spells and took important wickets which restricted the scoring. Tom Smallwood retired on 50 not out but none of the other batsmen could reach double figures so the score was restricted to 107 bat the end of the 20 overs. The bowlers had been well supported by excellent outfielding so the Congs were in optimistic mood at the interval.

The Congs innings started well with Theren and Raheel looking comfortable although the bowling was again excellent and run scoring was not easy. The pressure was growing and Theren suffered as he tried to force the scoring with an aggressive shot against the young spinner and was well caught at mid wicket. Woodlands bowled well and with the light fast deteriorating and the wicket getting slower and slower it was difficult for any of the batsmen to score freely. Wickets began to fall on a regular basis as Larihu and Raheel both fell trying to score boundaries and it was left to Zarak and Naeem to stabilise and push on. They played well and kept the scoreboard ticking over but boundaries were still few and far between and both were eventually dismissed whilst trying to reach the target. Unfortunately, none of the Congs batsmen had the power of the Woodlands opener and unfortunately were unable to overcome the Woodlands score.


This was a good game of cricket with some excellent bowling and fielding by both sides and was ultimately decided by the one major innings of the match.

Match Summary:

Woodlands: 107 – 6wkts

T.Smallwood  50 n.o., R. Ahmed 2 – 0 -5 – 1,  Z Khan 3 – 1 – 10 – 1, A Patrick  2 – 0 – 15 – 2.

Pudsey Congs: 74 – 7wkts

 Z Khan 15, N Aheer 14, T. Moodley 10.

Woodlands win by 33 runs. 



Idle v Pudsey Congs

Wed May 7th, 2008

The weather finally came good and the U17’s were able to play the first game of the season last night as they travelled to Idle. The Congs this year are a fairly young side but with the introduction of 4 new players they have the potential to do well and arrived at Idle in good spirits and happy to be finally playing cricket.

The Congs batted first and were hit with the loss of Jack Murgatroyd in the first over as he was run out by an exceptional throw from the boundary as he attempted a second run. Debutant Lahiru Dissanyaka joined Theren Moodley at the wicket and although both showed determination it was clear that run scoring on a difficult wicket with a slow outfield was going to be very difficult. With the scoreboard failing to tick over on a regular basis the batsmen tried to up the tempo but unfortunately Lahiru was cleaned bowled. The new batsmen that followed, Thomas Brook, Raheel Ahmed and Zarak Khan all tried in vain to speed up the scoring but only Theren managed to come to any kind of terms with the wicket. The last few overs finally saw Theren manage to hit the boundaries on a couple of occasions but he was finally dismissed off the last ball of the innings with the score on a lowly 76.

Despite only having a low score to defend the Congs knew they had a good bowling line up and were determined to put pressure on the Idle batsmen. Chris Doey opened the bowling and produced a superb delivery in the first over to send the batsmen’s middle stump flying out of the ground. Raheel opened the bowling at the other end and both bowlers produced real pace and kept the pressure on the batsmen. The change bowlers of Zarak Khan and Lahiru Dissanayaka demonstrated exceptional pace and the Idle batsmen were made to struggle for runs as the Congs fielders backed their bowlers with tight fielding. Further bowling changes saw Naeem Aheer, Tyler Gill and Adam Patrick all make a contribution and a tight finish was assured. However, the light was also deteriorating rapidly and the umpires were unwilling for the opening bowlers to return at the end of the innings so spinner Naeem and young Adam were given the responsibility of bowling the final two overs. Both bowled superbly and, aided by fielders who were struggling to see the ball, the Congs kept their nerve and triumphed by 3 runs.

An excellent game of cricket played to a high standard – well done to both sides.

Match Summary:

Pudsey Congs 76 – 5 wkts  (20 overs), Theren Moodley 47

Idle 73 – 4 wkts  (20 overs)

        C.Doey 3 – 1 – 3 – 1, L Dissanayaka 4 – 0 – 10 – 1, R Ahmed 3 – 0 – 9 – 1, 

N Aheer 2 – 1 – 3 – 1, Z Khan 4 – 1 – 7 – 0 
Pudsey Congs win by 3 runs.

Pudsey Congs v Farsley

Wed April 30th, 2008

Rained off due to Waterlogged pitch

Hepworth-Idle v Pudsey Congs

Wed April 23rd, 2008

Rained off due to Waterlogged pitch

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