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2011 Fourth XI


Final League Position = 5th, 183 points



Baildon v Pudsey Congs

At Sandal School

Saturday August 6th, 2011

Match report by James Galvin

After my attempt to break the land speed record was foiled by a heavy rain shower, the 10 men of the 4ths turned up at Sandal School looking  for a 3rd win in a row and win number 2 over Baildon in as many weeks.

Blue sky beckoned over head and both teams were hopeful of play albeit with a slightly delayed start both teams reduced to 39 overs.  After managing to keep all 10 men despite the 3rd team captain demanding I attempt once more to break the land speed record (Baildon to Pudsey in 15 mins) and get a wicket keeper to him, I lost the toss and was stuck in to bat.  Both wicket keepers opened the batting and after a slow start both players were foiled by some accurate bowling enter the returning Nathan Dalton (83) into the fray.  Having opened the batting for the under 17’s and batting well he continued his form by taking on some very experienced bowling and along with senior pro Pete Huffingley (58) put Congs into a great position with a hundred partnership for the pair also.  A tired Pete was run out and then one shot too many for Dalton ended what was some remarkable batting, leaving Congs 201- 5 only 5 overs left the team managed to get to 216-7.

After tea Congs were buoyed by the excellent batting display. Galvin and Dalton opening the bowling with pace and bounce putting pressure on the opening pair.  Although neither taking a wicket, Baildon were not scoring and the high score was getting further away.  Peter was the one to replace Galvin and struck by removing the big hitting Morley for 35 but danger-man Don Butterfield was still at the crease.  Colin ‘Legend’ Nelthorpe was on at the other end frustrating the batters in his own way.  Baildon then started to pick up the pace then Umar Shahzad,  returning from his day out in Blackpool the previous week, struck immediately removing batters 3, 4 and 5. After some counter attacking from Butterfield, Baildon were closing in on the target.  Then Galvin had Butterfield caught and the run chase was all but over.  A great over from Umar and a maiden from Galvin’s penultimate over ensured that Congs secured the 5th win of the season.

A great game and played in great spirits.  Big thanks to all the lads especially Tom and Richard for stepping in again it was a pleasure to skipper the team on Saturday.  I look forward to Cookridge at home next Saturday

Pudsey Congs v Whitehall

At Fulneck

Saturday July 2nd, 2011

Match report by Jamie Allen

Pudsey had a strong side out with Mustafa and Zahid making their senior debuts as the Congs looked to get their second win under their belts and the conditions were perfect for batting, the track looked good and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. James Galvin went out to the middle and won the toss and decided to bat and put a score on the board.

The two openers set out to the middle and it wasn’t long until the debutant Mustafa Raffique went in as Dale Spink was bowled. Both Mark and Mustafa took the game to Whitehall and kept the score ticking over. A new bowler came into the attack for Whitehall and from ball one Mark looked to attack him and on the third ball he hit the ball in the air and was eight short of his second half century of the season. Jamie Allen fell without scoring and Joe Royce made 13. Then the captain joined Mustafa at the crease and Galvin was given a lifeline as he was put down behind the stumps when Mustafa called a single which wasn’t there and the direct hit left Mustafa five runs short of his maiden half century. Jacques Allen came to the crease after another wicket fell and Galvin took most of the strike as he took apart the bowling and Jacques got a quick fire 16. The rest of the batters didn’t do anything to the score but James Galvin made a very good 61.

204 All Out  – 41.5 overs  

James Galvin 61 ; Mustafa Raffique 45 ; Mark Ferguson 42  

Pudsey went out thinking they could defend the score. Jamie and Bal opened the bowling and both bowled economically. Jamie got the break through as he bowled Martin for 12. Jacques and Zahid, the U13 bowlers, came on and both got a wicket each, Jacques bowled their number three and Jamie took a catch off Zahid’s bowling. They both bowled economically all the way through their spells. Dale and Mustafa then came on and did what the team needed line and length and both got one wicket each. Jamie and James came on in the last 10 and the opener was finally removed as he hit the ball onto his wickets off the bowling of Jamie. James got a wicket but Whitehall were putting up a fight with the number eight batsman hitting James for six which put some pressure on the Congs. They needed 22 off 7 balls and hit the ball to Joe Royce which they tried to scramble a single when he took off the bails, leaving the Congs with their second win of the season.

 Well done to all the lads for giving it 100% and never giving up. Let’s carry on now and get a win against Undercliffe!!!!


183 All Out – 47 overs

Jezz Gamble 56 ; Jamie Allen 4 for 24

Pudsey Congs v Crompark “B”

At Fulneck

Saturday May 21st, 2011

Match report by Danny Appleyard

Batting first Pudsey started steadily. Opening pair of Dale Spink and Mark Ferguson got the Congs off to a good start, taking the side into the thirties before Mark succumbed to a fuller ball from Dom Taylor, and shortly Taylor had Spink trapped LBW. Being reduced to 57/4 it was the partnership of Jaques Allen and Alex Goodchild who put the Congs back on track. Both played with patience and confidence as they manoeuvred the ball into the gaps. With a bit of resistence from the shortened tail enabled Pudsey to post a respectable 142/9 (all out).

Pudsey Congs 142/9 (all out)

Alex Goodchild 30, Jaques Allen 21

Satnam Thiora 2/10

Defending such a modest target with only 10 men was always going to be difficult, and although the boys produced a vastly improved fielding performance, there were times when even a team of 10 superstars would have felt the burden of having a man short. Umar took the first wicket which Jaques caught at cover, opening alongside Jamie Allen. Jamie bowled economically and accurately; making it even more gut wrenching he did not get the rewards he deserved for such a good spell. Dan Appleyard took two wickets and a run out, one of which Mark Ferguson caught behind the stumps and Pete Huffinley produced a noble and economic spell. Dan Dickens was given LBW, and when he revealed he had hit the ball with the bat first Pete brought the batsman back and gave him a second chance, a second chance which he grabbed with both hands. After reducing Crompark to 61/4, Pudsey only managed one more breakthrough, Pete catching Ali Astar from his own bowling.

Crompark B 146/5

Dan Dickens 52*, D. Appleyard 2/26


Pudsey Congs v Undercliffe

At Fulneck

Saturday April 23rd, 2011

Match report by Captain James Galvin

The first home game of the season brought Undercliffe to Fulneck and another close game was to follow.  It was a great looking pitch and on a hot day I decided that we were going to make them field if we won the toss, which I did.  A new opening pair of Mark Allman and Jamie Allen went to the crease and as the previous week, we lost a wicket in the first over, Allman lasting 3 balls before being caught by the ‘keeper for 0.  Mark Ferguson continued at number three and looked very assured supporting Jamie. They both took advantage of some good luck and some poor bowling as they took the score onto 68 when Mark (28) fell to Phil Dickson who clean bowled him.  Dale Spink was the next man in and scored 5 again bowled this time by Hamza Aftab.  Next in was James Galvin who along with Jamie took the game to Undercliffe.  Jamie made a well deserved 53 until a loose shot to short cover was snapped up one handed by Colin Furnest.  A little unlucky as it was one of those that either sticks or doesn’t.  Geoff Galvin was then to the crease and both Galvins ran quick singles putting pressure on the field who we could sense were tired and becoming frustrated even taking over-throws where there shouldn’t have been any.  Then Geoff tried to pull the ball but instead gloved it high to the ‘keeper.  Umar Shazad making his debut, known as a hitter, was told to go in and hit the ball a four off his first ball. It could’ve been interesting but only managed to add another run until he was caught.  Peter Huffingly came in and was unlucky to be given out LBW possibly a bit high but out none the less.  Jacques Allen came in and did a very good job blocking out the balls and giving James the strike.  James was scoring well taking advantage of some short balls then the rain came down.  After 12 minutes the game continued with James (24) going first ball bowled trying to pull a ball that didn’t quite get up. Danny Appleyard in at ten, lasted 5 balls bringing in the Legend Colin Nelthorpe with the score at 144. We thought we were 30 short of a good total to defend and the full batting points.  Jacques and Colin batted out the remaining 10 overs and put on another 22 runs leaving Congs 166 all out, Colin caught at cover for 8 and Jacques 13 not out.

Jamie Allen 53

After the break we wanted to attack a tired and downbeat Undercliffe side knowing early wickets were going to put us in a good position.  Jamie and James opened the bowling  but Galvin got the wicket of Tamir caught and bowled for 6.  Jamie struggled up the hill and was replaced by Umar who bowled with good pace and had the batsmen struggling, he was unlucky not to take a wicket in his first spell.  Danny replaced James down the hill striking in his first over, caught by Mark Ferguson behind the stumps.  Phil Dickson was batting well but it looked like he was the only one who was going to trouble the scorers. Jonny Holden was then run out by Mark Allman with a direct hit. Danny took his second wicket bowling Hamza Aftab for 2.  Peter Huffingly replaced Umar and Geoff replaced Danny with the batting heroes of last week looking to strike with the ball.  Both bowled well but couldn’t get the wicket they both deserved. The partnership of Dickson and Wilkinson were proving to be hard to break and put on 64 until Dale Spink removed Wilkinson bowled for 20.   The game now finely poised, Undercliffe 120 for 5 with 20 overs left both teams had a chance. Cookland came in to bat and looked useful putting on another 29 with Dickson until he was caught by Geoff Galvin off the bowling of Jacques Allen.  Sevens overs left, it was down to James and Umar to bowl the remaining overs.  Umar got his first wicket Furness (0) caught by Jamie Allen at mid off.  Then James got Tom Hall caught brilliantly by Jacques Allen. Undercliffe were looking nervous at 157 for 8 and took another blow when Danny Appleyard caught Steve North from Umar, 157 for 9 a wicket maiden.  Galvin then went for six in his last over and Underclfife needed just 4 from 6 to win. Bowling to the in form Dickson, Umar bowled a dot ball, 4 from 5, then Undercliffe took a single, 3 from 4. Then controversy, the umpire giving two wides that was inconsistent of his performance.  Undercliffe now needing 1 to win from 4.  Umar wasn’t fazed by this and bowled just missing the stumps 1 from 3 needed. The Undercliffe captain, just a hit away from winning, had a rush of blood to the head and  swung widely missing the ball and his middle stump was uprooted and the scores tied.  Dickson looked dejected after scoring 91 not out, a result that was possibly the best result for everyone.

Phil Dickson 91 not out

 U. Shazad 3- 14- 9.4

Another great all round team performance and again proud of my team for never giving up when it could so easily have gotten away from us.  Although at this rate we’ll have the reputation as the Dales Council ‘entertainers’. Well done lads lets get the first win against the uproaders!!!


Cookridge “C” v Pudsey Congs

At Greyhound Public House, Tong

Saturday April 16th, 2011

Match report by Captain James Galvin

The first game of the season brought a degree of optimism to the 4th team.  A new captain and some new faces we were confident of a good start, although the curse of the first game was in the back of our minds having not won the opening match for 5 years.  Congs won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that promised runs.  A new opening partnership of James Galvin and Jamie Allen walked to the crease both batters known for scoring quickly runs were sure to come.  So we thought…. Cookridge and in particular Zabeer had different ideas. James lasted just 4 balls getting bowled and Mark Ferguson coming in number 3 went 2nd ball also bowled both for ducks.  Jamie Allen was bowled in the next over leaving Congs 1-3 and the captain wondering whether batting first was the right choice.  Peter Huffingly and Geoff Galvin then took it upon themselves to play with controlled aggression playing some glorious drives cuts and pulls as the bowling got a little bit more erratic a great 78 partnership brought Congs back in the game. Neil and Colin added another 14 runs off the bat as Congs finished with 96 for 9 (we only had 10 men).

G. Galvin 38., P. Huffingly 21

Defending 96 with 10 men was always going to be hard but having confidence in bowling a stronger Cookridge side out for 90 last season at Fulneck, we were going to attack them and give it a good go. James and Dan Appleyard opened the bowling. It was Dan who struck 1st taking the wicket of Zamir but had Jaques Allen to thank for a great catch, the ball was spinning and moving around in the sun.  The Cookridge batsmen weren’t in any rush as 3 runs came from the next 3 overs then a 4 was hit down the ground offering Galvin a caught and bowled chance. Then next ball Ahishcom was removed LBW and at 15 for 2, the Congs were in the match.  Opening bat Steve B and number 4 Dominic Wyatt hit a 50 partnership then Wyatt was run out with some sloppy running and great work from Mark behind the stumps he was gone. Peter Huffingly was on and some good line and length bowling slowed the run rate but wickets were needed – Enter Jacques Allen bowling spin with his brother at the other end bowling with pace and bounce a wicket was coming. A run out from Jamie, 3 wickets from Jacques. Jamie then got a wicket of his own bowling the opener for 30. Cookridge now at 83 – 7 Jamie had bowled his limit, James brought himself back on in an attempt to wrap things up, removing Hamza bowled for 0. Jaques still getting the ball to turn had the cookridge number 10 swinging and missing it was a matter of time until he got his man.  Zabeer then managed to connect with his eyes shut and hoping for the best hitting six to cow corner. The next ball a was a brave bit of bowling from a young lad, where other may have tried to bowl quicker Jacques did the same as he had done all game giving the ball flight mixing up his deliveries. Zabeer tried the same again this time he missed and was bowled. Cookridge now 92 for 9 it could’ve gone either way. It ended up as the last game against Cookridge Captain verses Captain, but this time Cookridge came out on top with Zaheer scoring 2 through point then 4 byes. Congs were left wondering what could have been.  Another nail biter between the two sides.

J. Galvin 2- 22- 8.3, Jaques Allen 4- 27- 6

I would like to thank the team for pulling together it was always going to be hard with 10 but every single player put in 100%.  Not the result we wanted but a performance that we can draw positives from. Lets get that win against Undercliffe next week.

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