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2014 Juniors


Under 9’s (Group A)

Fixture List and Match Reports 2014

Manager: Chris Doey

Assistant: Tom Brook

 Final League Position Group A = 2nd, 6 Points




A game which ebbed and flowed for both teams ended up falling into the hands of Farsley. A mixed performance from the guys with some good and below average performances with bat and ball. One area which we looked strong and have for most of the season is the fielding.

We progressed to the knockout stages of the competition beating Farsley to 2nd with a better average, but unfortunately holidays and a lack of time to play the game meant that we had to concede the game to B&B ‘A’. We wish them the best for the rest of the competition. It has been a positive and very enjoyable season coaching the U9’s. They have been some very strong performances and there have also been a lot of areas for improvement. I have enjoyed every moment of it and look forward to coaching the guys again next year.


Hopefully some friendlies will be arranged before the end of the season.





On the smallest pitch it was time for the lads to right the wrongs of the last game vs PSL. A strong start to the game meant that with Farsley’s big hitting last pair to come in we were well on top. Big hitting was the order of the last 4 overs but they only managed to hit a couple of big shots before the ball was given to Flinn and Sabir who both bowled with extreme pace and accuracy to give the lads a big boost after the first innings. Coming out with the bat it was the turn of each and every lad to step up, and step up they did. Batting with confidence and making the correct decisions and the correct time meant the game was won convincingly



Pudsey St Lawrence


Not many positives to take from this game. Pudsey St Lawrence were far superior to us and from the word go the lads seemed to realise this. Beaten in all areas of the game it was a defeat which we learnt a lot from as a team and as individuals.



Bradford & Bingley


The u9’s looked in good form this week. With a score to settle with Bradford and Bingley the lads went out and gave a performance well above their years. Strong and solid batting, paired with tight bowling and impeccable fielding meant that Congs won by 62 runs. Special mention to Sabir and Sam with the ball, who bowled 2 overs for 5 runs and wickets between them and Zak and Flinn who added 21 runs for the final partnership.

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At the Britannia

Friday July 11th, 2014

Match Report by Chris Doey

The under 9’s invited a strong Pudsey St Lawrence team to The Brit after an earlier loss to them in a friendly. After winning the toss Flinn decided to have a bowl and chase whatever score was set. Each bowler bowled 2 overs and did not disgrace themselves at all against some extremely skilled batsmen. Supreme fielding was the story of the innings and after PSL scored 277, it was thanks to the strong bowling and fielding that 11 wickets were taken and the final score was 233. Pick of the figures were from Daltery Haulah who bowled 2 overs and went for only 5 runs whilst taking 4 wickets.

Then the troop went into bat and at times looked troubled by some quick and straight bowling which again was matched with some supreme fielding in particular Josh Allinson who took catches that wouldn’t be expected to be taken in a senior match. Unfortunately for PSL it just wasn’t good enough against the 8 warriors that took the field for Congs, no batters made a significant amount of runs but the resilience when batting and the maturity shown by children as young as 7 left the lads cheering their first win of the season scoring 236, some maybe cheering too early with Kirk Eckard with one ball to go thinking the game was won.

I am very impressed by each and every one of the lads who took to the field and each and every one of the lads who didn’t play but train every week. Constant training and experience in games will only develop even stronger players and that can only mean bigger and better things than winning the local derby are to come!

Under 11’s (South Division)

Fixture List and Match Reports 2014

Manager: Liam Stanhope

Final League Position South Division = 2nd, 45 Points

Spen Vic vs Pudsey Congs

Result: Pudsey Congs 360-0 beat Spen Victoria 199-9

The unbeaten Congs travelled to Spen Vic on the look out for another win and did not disappoint. The young Pudsey side put in a perfect performance with accurate bowling and committed fielding shining through as they restricted Spen Victoria to 199-9 from their 16 overs.

In reply, Congs eased to victory as all pairs scored great runs between them as they claimed a winning margin of 161 runs.



Cup semi final vs PSL.

Result: Congs won by 8 Wickets

With the Congs u17’s playing in their own Cup Semi-Final at the Britannia. The u11’s made the trip up to Tofts Road for this local derby with a place in the Cup Final on the line.

Bowling first, the Congs got off to a shaky start as PSL’s opening batters scored fluently in the first couple of overs. Enter Will Holmes. Holmes took a wicket with his first three balls to claim a hat-trick and put a real dent in PSL’s hopes of posting a large score. Wickets continued to tumble as the Congs bowled straight and fielded like their lives depended on it. PSL finsished 51 all out from 18 overs.


Will Holmes 3-3-0-3 (inc. Hat-trick), Chris Hill 2-2-0-2.

In reply Congs got off to flyer as Chris Hill (10) bludgeoned a couple of boundaries down the ground before being clean bowed by Daniel Gill. Frankie Gibson(11)  carried on in the same vein, before mistiming a drive back to Tom Moss of his own bowling. However, Kshitij Kapote (14no) and Will Holmes (7no) were on hand to steady the ship home as Congs reached their target inside 10 overs.


A great performance all round by each and every player. Cup Final vs Idle @ Idle on the 24th August.

Thackley at home

Result: Congs won by 85 runs.

Thackley were the visitors as Congs looked to extend their unbeaten run for the season. However, Will Holmes’ team were in destructive mood as the completed yet another emphatic victory.

Fantastic returns with the ball from all the Congs bowlers restricted the scoring of their opponents. Thackley finishing on 217-7. Alex Pyrah made a battling 19 for the away side.

Alex Taylor 2-1-3-2, Harry Widdop 2-2-0-1, Will Holmes 3-2-1-1

Congs ran away with victory in the end as they finished 302- 4. With Frankie Gibson (23), Will Holmes (21), Kshitij Kapote (17) Harry Widdop (12) and Sabir Mahmood (12) all making good runs as Congs topped 300 once again this year.

Pudsey Congs v Farsley

At the Britannia

Sunday July 6th, 2014

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Result: Pudsey Congs beat Farsley by 71 runs

Farsley made the short trip across town for this encounter looking to dent the Congs 100% record and gain local bragging rights.

Batting first, Congs added 15 to the score before Eddie Dixon dismissed Libby Middleton. Lewis Gunner (10) and Chris Hill (11) batted well in the middle of the Congs innings as the scoreboard continually ticked over and over. Before big-hitting Frankie Gibson (32) came in to take Congs score past 280, hitting 6 boundaries along the way.


Congs 289-5.

Frankie Gibson – 32, Chris Hill – 11, Harry Widdop – 10, Lewis Gunner – 10.

Congs were dominant in their defence, as wickets at regular intervals denied Farsley any hope of chasing down the target. Alex Taylor 3 for 9 and Jay Turnbull 2 for 8 were the main contributors for Pudsey, although economic returns by all ensured the Congs came away with another win.


Farsley 218-8.

Alex Taylor 3-0-9-3, Jay Turnbull 3-1-8-2, Harry Widdop 2-0-7-1, Lewis Gunner 2-0-9-1

Pudsey Congs v Great Horton Church

Cup 1/4 Final

At the Britannia

Monday June 30th, 2014

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Result: Pudsey Congs beat Great Horton Church by 9 wickets

Pudsey Congs welcomed Great Horton Church to Britannia Ground in this cup Quarter Final in what would surely be their biggest challenge so far this year.

The GHC captain won the toss and opted to bat first, but it was Congs who started the strongest as runs were hard to come by. Kshitij Kapote made the breakthrough in 4th over clean bowling Amman ul Haq, demolishing the off-stump. Will Holmes was introduced in the following over and claimed the Congs second wicket with the score on 12. Usman Akhtar looked to up the run rate playing hard, high and straight, before Frankie Gibson ran out Imran Abbas with some tidy work at square leg. Akhtar and Mohammed Abbas played solidly, whilst picking up boundaries here and there in a partnership of 30. However, Lewis Gunner’s hard-work paid dividends for Congs as he ended GHC’s 4th wicket partnership bowling Abbas with a beauty. Akhtar retired in the 19th over for a well made 31 as GHC finished 92-3.

Lewis Gunner 3-0-1-11, Will Holmes 3-0-12-1, Kshitij Kapote 3-0-13-1

Will Holmes and Kshitij Kapote got the Congs reply underway scoring freely in the opening overs with Holmes punishing anything too wide and KK putting anything away that was overpitched. GHC bowled tightly in overs 7, 8 & 9 but Congs were well on top of the halfway stage, 52-0. Holmes retired for 31 from 26 balls in innings which exuded class. KK followed soon after making 30 from 29, playing some blistering drives along the way. Frankie Gibson at 3 played in his usual manner, but rode his luck as the GHC fielders dropped three potentially crucial catches. Jay Turnbull came and went with 6 required as Lewis Gunner and Gibson finished the game. Congs claiming a place in the semi-final with a fine 9 wicket win.

Will Holmes – 31 retired, Kshitij Kapote – 30 retired, Frankie Gibson – 18no.

A truly professional display against a strong Great Horton Church side was an absolute pleasure to watch. League and Cup double??



Woodlands v Pudsey Congs

At Albert Terrace

Sunday June 29th, 2014

Match report by Liam Stanhope

Result: Pudsey Congs beat Woodlands by 100 runs

Congs visited Albert Terrace looking to maintain their unbeaten record against a Woodlands side who they beat convincingly on the opening day of the season.

Winning the toss skipper Liam Holgate elected to bowl first and Harry Widdop began with a maiden over first up. Chris Hill soon blew Woodlands out of the water with his second hat-trick of the year, two cleaned bowled, one caught and bowled. Wickets continued to fall as the Congs bowled straight whilst restricting scoring with some excellent work in the field. Frankie Gibson claimed a fantastic diving catch off the bowling of Chris Hill. Hill himself grabbed a run out following a good pick up and accurate throw into the keepers gloves. And Liam Holgate produced a stunning sharp catch stood up to wickets following a thick outside edge. Woodlands finishing 181-9.

Chris Hill 2-1-4-1, Jay Turnbull 2-2-1-0 & Libby Middleton 3-1-4-1

Hat-trick hero Hill opened the innings with Harry Widdop, the first pair adding 20 in the first four overs. Lewis Gunner and Liam Holgate added 7 apiece as the Congs held a 61 run lead with 8 overs to play. Woodlands looked to fight back as David Busfield and Joel Beaumont both dismissed Jay Turnbull in consecutive overs. Libby Middleton continued to keep to scoreboard ticking however, as she nurdled the ball around the ground with ease. The final pair batted sensibly and struck the ball with confidence to take the score up to 291 as Congs claimed a 100 run victory and stay top of the league.

Frankie Gibson – 11, Harry Widdop – 11.

Pudsey Congs v Karmand Centre

at Britannia Ground

Sunday June 22nd, 2014

Match report by Liam Stanhope

Result: Pudsey Congs beat Karmand Centre by 32 runs

As we passed the half way mark in the season, it was 2nd vs 3rd as Congs looked to leapfrog their opponents in the league standings and continue their challenge for honours.

Kshitij Kapote partnered Harry Widdop at the top of the order as the hosts made some good early progression making their way to 215 before KK was caught off the bowling of Dawood Hussain. Second pair Chris Hill and Jay Turnbull looked to nudge the score, yet Turnbull’s free-scoring form was thwarted somewhat as he was dismissed twice as Congs reached 238-3 after 8 overs. Alex Taylor and debutant Sabir Mahmood batted solidly without losing their wicket before Frankie Gibson (19) and Liam Holgate (3) took the Congs to 264-4 at the close of innings.

Frankie Gibson – 19, Harry Widdop – 10

Karmand’s reply started slowly with only one run scored off bat as the Congs tight bowling left their opponents 203-1 from the first pair. Jay Turnbull struck almost immediately after his introduction clean bowling Qasim Mahmood, before Sabir Mahmood got in on the act picking up 2 wickets in an over. Karmand 196-5 at the halfway stage. Dawood Hussain (18) and Kail Malik (12) fought back for the visitors but the Congs bowlers stuck their task and continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals and take the win. Karmand finishing on 236-9

Sabir Mahmood 2-1-5-2, Alex Taylor 2-0-10-2, Jay Turnbull 2-0-4-1, Chris Hill, 2-1-8-1

This was the young Congs side’s biggest challenge so far, but the team did the basics right and by losing less wickets and taking more wickets than their opponents they came out on top.

Karmand Centre v Pudsey Congs


Sunday June 15th, 2014

Update by Liam Stanhope

Result: Match abandoned

Another week, another downpour

Spen Victoria v Pudsey Congs

Cup Round One


Monday June 9th, 2014

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Congs progressed into the next round of the cup with a comfortable win over Spen Victoria. Tidy bowling and smart fielding reduced Spen to 48 all out before Congs knocked off their target with relative ease. Frankie Gibson led the way with a well made 22.

Pudsey Congs v Great Horton

At Britannia Ground

Sunday June 8th, 2014

Update by Liam Stanhope

Torrential rain on Saturday drowned the Congs hopes of taking over from Great Horton at the top of the table. Focus now switches to the Cup as Congs take on Spen Victoria in Round 1 on Monday (weather permitting….)

Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

At Tofts Rd

Sunday June 1st, 2014

Match report by Liam Stanhope

Result: Pudsey Congs 309 beat Pudsey St. Lawrence 203 by 106 runs

Following another week off of due to wet weather, Congs travelled up the road in search of local bragging rights.

Put in to bat, Will Holmes (12) and Harry Widdop (14) played solidly and ran well to take the score to 226 after four overs. Jay Turnbull continued his good form with the bat, punishing any loose deliveries to score 19and leave Congs 244-1 at the halfway stage. Lewis Gunner and Liam Holgate pushed the ball around the ground to pick up valuable singles and keep the scoreboard  ticking over as PSL struck back with 2 wickets in 2 overs. Enter, Frankie Gibson. After a slow start (4 dot balls), Frankie hit the ball to every corner of Tofts Road on his way to a dazzling 37 not out. Thus, sapping the life out of his opponents, whilst taking the score to 309-3.

Frankie Gibson – 37, Jay Turnbull – 19, Harry Widdop – 14, Will Holmes, 12, Lewis Gunner 10.

PSL’s reply started briskly with 7 from the first over. Yet, Will Holmes struck back immediately clean bowling Danny Gill with his first ball. Sharp work from Liam Holgate behind the stumps saw Ricky Priestley stumped before Holmes then caught Priestley at cover off the bowling of Harry Widdop. Liam Holgate’s quick hands claimed another stumping in the following over and some great work in the field saw Chris Hill grab himself an excellent run out. Lewis Gunner was soon in on the act picking up two wickets with his leg-spin, as KK returned strongly to clean bowl Jacob MacDonald.


PSL 203-9.

Will Holmes 2-2-0-2, Lewis Gunner 3-0-13-2, Jay Turnbull 2-0-3-1, Kshitij Kapote 3-0-9-1.

A fantastic all round performance saw Congs excel with the bat, with the ball and in the field. A pleasure to watch and always nice to get a win against our neighbours!

Thackley v Pudsey Congs


Sunday May 18th, 2014

Match report by Liam Stanhope

Result: Pudsey Congs 294 beat Thackley 230 by 64 runs.

After a two week lay-off due to a free week and bad weather Congs visited Thackley as they went in search of another win.

Winning the toss and batting first Will Holmes and Khitij Kapote took first knock for Congs. Batting sensibly and running hard between the wickets they put on 24 in the first four overs. Thackley struck back in overs 5-8 with Ethan McLelland clean bowling Jayron Sandhu and Alex Pyrah making scoring difficult. Congs were 228-2 at the halfway mark. Lewis Gunner played powerfully to make 12, before final pair Jay Turnbull (17) and Frankie Gibson (18) looked to take the game away from their opponents with some hard, confident hitting to post a total of 294-2.

Frankie Gibson – 18, Jay Turnbull –  17, Will Holmes – 12.

Thackley’s response started slowly as KK and Will Holmes bowled accurately to restrict the Thackley batters from scoring freely. Good work in the field from Alex Taylor got Congs on the board. Jay Turnbull followed up with a fantastic caught and bowled and Frankie Gibson also claimed another run out with an accuarate throw from the boundary. Alex Pyrah scored a battling 18 from Thackley. However, the so-far unbeaten Congs proved too strong for this young Thackley side to claim another fantastic win.

Jay Turnbull 2-0-7-2, Kshitij Kapote 3-2-2-1, Kirk Eckard 2-0-5-1

Farsley v Pudsey Congs

at Red Lane

Sunday April 27th, 2014

Match report by Liam Stanhope

Result: Pudsey Congs 309 beat Farsley 196 by 113 runs

Congs made the short trip to Red Lane as they visited local rivals Farsley for their first away game of the season.

Batting first, there was a change at the top of the order for Congs with Jay Turnbull and Chris Hill opening up. Jay got the Congs off to a flyer thumping 10 off the first over. Whilst the rest of the Congs line-up continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over, as Liam Holgate, Kirk Eckard, Lewis Gunner and Alex Taylor all added useful runs in the middle of the innings. Final pair, Frankie Gibson and Kshitij Kapote upped the run rate even more in the final four overs as Congs finished 309-1.

Jay Turnbull – 19, Frankie Gibson – 19.

Farsley’s reply was hindered in the second over when a combination of some top fielding led and confusion between Farsley’s opening pair to two run outs. However, tight bowling and confident fielding throughout left Farsley way short of their target. Chris (Hat-Trick Hero) Hill led the way, bowling sublimely to take 4 wickets in one over, including 3 in 3 balls as he returned figures of 2-1-5-4.

Chris Hill 2-1-5-4, Lewis Gunner 2-0-4-2, Kirk Eckard 2-0-17-2, Frankie Gibson 3-0-6-1.

Another brilliant performance from the Congs as they go 2 wins in 2 and top of table.

Pudsey Congs v Woodlands

at Britannia Ground

Sunday April 20th, 2014

Match report by Liam Stanhope

Result: Pudsey Congs 290 beat Woodlands 191 by 99 runs

Woodlands were the visitors on the opening day of the season, and the Congs kicked off in style with a thumping victory.

Will Holmes and Harry Widdop took the crease to get the Congs innings on its way but found scoring difficult as they chipped away to pick up a couple of runs here and there. 2nd Pair Liam Holgate and Alex Taylor continued in the same way, batting solidly whilst nudging the ball around to pick up singles. Jay Turnbull came into to score more frequently picking up 13 runs, including some much needed boundaries. Frankie Gibson then entered to blast Congs to a massive total. Hitting the first three balls for four, he took the game away from Woodlands with some strong batting and hard-running to finish with 27.


Pudsey Congs 290-1.

Frankie Gibson – 27, Jay Turnbull – 13.

Woodlands reply started positively, with Jaz Dhillon picking up a number of boundaries in the opening overs. Harry Widdop struck back for Congs in the third over dismissing Dhillon caught and bowled with the score on 213. From then on the Congs accurate bowling paid dividends as wickets continued to tumble throughout the Woodlands innings. Excellent returns across the board for the Congs bowlers with Alex Taylor and Harry Widdop leading the way. Both finishing with 2-2-0-2. Jay Turnbull 2-0-6-2, Frankie Gibson, 2-1-1-1 and debutant Chris Hill 2-1-2-1 also bowled magnificently as Woodlands finished 191-9.

A fantastic effort all round, losing just one wicket and bowling only one wide. Must give credit to the young Woodlands team, who for almost all this was their first game of cricket with the hard ball. Well done to all!!


Bradford Junior Under 13’s (Demaine Division)

Fixture List and Match Reports 2014

Manager: Neil Humpleby

Final League Position Demaine Division = 2nd, 28 Points

Pudsey Congs v Karmand Centre

Thursday July 10th, 2014

Update by Neil Humpleby

Another summer evening at the Britannia to welcome our visitors Karmand Centre.

Karmand won the toss & elected to bat on another first class wicket.

For the first 6 overs the Congs bowlers were in complete control restricting the visitors to 9 for 2.The momentum then swung away from the bowlers with some hard hitting from Iqbal & Farooq taking the score to to 44 from 12 before Farooq fell to a good catch on the boundary from Aqib. With Iqbal at the crease runs continued to flow before he retired on 33 with the score on 77. At his departure the innings faded to close on 90 for 7 from 20 overs. While the opening bowlers kept things tight, the middle overs were not the best, allowing Karmand to post a flattering total for a poor batting side.

J.Widdop 3-0-9-4, A.Mahmood 3-3-0-0, F.Gibson 2-0-5-1, C.Hill 1-1-4-1.

The Karmand Centre bowlers were inconsistent in bowling a decent line which made runs off the bat difficult to come by but this was made up for in extras. Will & Aqib both found scoring difficult & with only 48 from 12 overs, the target of 91 seemed a long way off. When Will was caught in the covers deceived by a slower delivery, the task was looking more difficult. Charlie joined Aqib in the middle & took control of the situation pushing well run singles & dispatching the bad balls, nerves started to ease. When Aqib was bowled, Josh joined Charlie & batted intelligently keeping runs coming at the same time getting Charlie on strike. Charlie retired on 30 from 39 balls, an innings which turned the game leading us to another league win. Joe came to the middle with one run required, but his only contribution was a good call to give Josh the winning run!

C.Heath 30(retired), W.Holmes 17, A.Mahmood 13

Bowling Old Lane v Pudsey Congs


Thursday July 3rd, 2014

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

This weeks league fixture saw us travel to Bowling Old Lane.

On a cloudy evening, which threatened rain, the match was reduced to 18 overs per side.

On a wicket that offered a little help to the bowlers, Ismail & Aqib got the Congs innings underway.,With runs difficult to come by in the early exchanges, both openers fell to good catches trying to attack what was a good bowling attack. Charlie & Josh set about re-building the innings after the early wickets batting patiently to get the scoreboard ticking over. Charlie was the next victim, again to a good catch falling just short of retiring on 28. Joe batted a confident & mature innings with Josh to add more valuable runs before Josh was next to go for 23. Harry joined Joe to see out the final overs with the innings closing on a creditable 106 for 4 from 18 overs.


C.Heath 28, J.Widdop 23, J.Stolarski 22 Not out

Opening bowlers Josh & Aqib bowled tight aggressive lines early to restrict scoring chances for the home side & with only 11 runs for 2 wkts after 6 overs it looked like we could be in for an early night. BOL no.3 Hussain & no.4 Yousuf had other ideas taking the attack to the Congs bowlers plundering boundaries almost at will adding 42 runs for the third wicket. When Yousuf retired & Hussain fell to a brilliant catch from Frankie the Innings stuttered to an end with the hosts finishing all out for 77 from 16.3 overs.


C.Heath 2-0-1-0, A.Mahmood 2-1-1-0, A.Naylor 3-1-19-1, F.Gibson 0.3-0-0-2

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

Thursday June 26th, 2014

Update by Neil Humpleby

After a victorious cup match earlier in the week, we were back in league action against the old foe from up road.

Joe won the toss & elected to bat first on an excellent dry, hard wicket.

Ismail & Aqib got us off to another good start before Aqib was run out with the score on 29. Charlie carried on where Aqib left off batting patiently with Ismail who retired on 33. Will joined Charlie keen to make up for Monday nights short innings. The pair batted maturely, pushing singles & punishing any loose deliveries seeing out the 20 overs for the innings to close on exactly 100 for 1 wkts.


I.Nasir 33 (Retired), C.Heath 26, W.Holmes 23, A.Mahmood 13

This was without doubt the best batting performance of the year against a well organized St. Lawrence side, whose bowlers could not find a breakthrough, the only wicket being a run out. Great effort lads, well done.

It was impressed on the lads we would have to perform better in the field than we had on Monday to stand any chance of defending our total. It was Aqib who made the first breakthrough in his second over having Harding caught by Ismail in the covers. Will then removed Priestley for 10 in his first over. PSL no.3 Scott steadied the ship retiring on 30 to ease the visitors towards their target. Sugars then fell to a smart catch behind the stumps by Joe. The pairing of Al Hyatt & Bailey then put together the match winning partnership to see them home with 9 balls of the innings remaining.

A.Mahmood 3-0-10-1, W.Holmes 3-0-5-1, H.Mahmood 2-0-10-1

A much improved fielding effort brought us close to defeating probably one of the best sides in the BJCL but too many extras ultimately cost us on the night.

The lads should take a lot of positives from the game even though we were all bitterly disappointed at the end of the game. If we take this form into the rest of the matches, we will be in a good place come the end of the season.

Saltaire v Pudsey Congs

Cup 1/4 Final

At Roberts Park

Monday June 23rd, 2014

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

A bright summer evening were ideal conditions to play this cup game in the scenic Roberts Park.

Ismail again won the toss & elected to bat first on a hard wicket.

The usual pair of Ismail & Aqib got us off to another decent start before Aqib was bowled playing across the line. Charlie joined Ismail in the middle and forged a good partnership keeping the scoreboard ticking before Ismail retired on 33.Will came & went pretty quickly misjudging the line bowled for 2. Joe was next to fall again playing across the line bowled off his pads for 6. All the while Charlie was batting sensibly finally retiring on 32. Masab added another quick fire 15 before the innings closed on 121 for 5 from 20 overs.

I.Nasir 33 (retired), C.Heath 32 (retired) & M.Khan 15

The Saltaire openers got off to a good start due to some inaccurate bowling & lacklustre fielding finding the short boundaries seemingly at will before the hard hitting Yousaf Khan retired on 31. His opening partner fell shortly after for 25 which slowed up the scoring rate. The Saltaire middle order kept up the challenge but once the number 5 Moaz went for 25 the scoring rate slowed up with the innings closing on 107 from 20 overs coming up 15 runs short giving victory to Congs with the reward of a semi final against Adwalton on the 14th July.

Well done lads!

New Farnley v Pudsey Congs

Thursday June 19th, 2014

Update by Neil Humpleby

A reverse of last weeks league meeting saw us make the short journey to New Farnley on a warm evening.

Ismail won the toss & elected to field first against an under strength Farnley side.

Aqib & Josh once again opened the bowling with Aqib striking in his first over having no2 Montague caught behind by new Keeper Joe Stolarski.  Although wickets were hard to come by, all the bowlers bowled with a very good accuracy restricting the home side to 56 for 5 from 20 overs

W.Holmes 3-0-7-2, A.Mahmood 2-0-2-1 & H.Mahmood 1-1-0-1

The usual opening partnership of Ismail & Aqib got us off to a steady start before Aqib was bowled with the score on 19. Charlie joined Ismail but was not much more than a spectator as the Congs no 1 took control playing an attacking innings to once again retire on 31. Will joined Charlie and these two ran well between the wickets with good communication to see off the remaining runs required for another convincing victory.

I.Nasir 31 (retired), W.Holmes 8 not out & C.Heath 6 not out

Pudsey Congs v Lightcliffe

Cup First Round

Thursday June 17th, 2014

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

With a dry evening in prospect, the boys gathered at the Brit to play host to Lightcliffe in this re-arranged cup tie.

Winning the toss & electing to bat first on a great looking track, Ismail & Aqib made their way to the middle.

The first 8 overs were a display of batting way above their years by the openers adding 61 before Ismail was the first to retire on 30. We soon had two new batsmen at the crease as Aqib was the next to retire again on 30. Josh was unlucky to be caught at cover to a slower ball. Frankie was the next to the crease looking to score quickly before a brilliant one handed catch at midwicket sent him back to the shed. At this point with 82 runs on the board was a collapse likely? NO, it turned out these wickets were just a blip as Charlie & Harry saw out the remaining overs, Charlie retiring on 30 & Harry finishing on 26 not out, leaving us on 148 for 2 after 20 overs.

I.Nasir 30 (retired), A.Mahmood 30 (retired), C.Heath 30 (retired), H.Widdop 26 not out.

The message to the boys as we took to the field to defend this formidable total was to concentrate & get the basics right.

The bowlers were soon into their rhythm with Josh taking a wicket in the first over. KK bowled economically at the other end before the enforced changes brought Ismail to the attack decimating the Lightcliffe middle order taking 5 wickets conceding only 1 run from his 2 overs. The rest of the wickets fell to part time spinner Haroon & Frankie leaving the visitors all out for 58 from 18.5 overs.

Special thanks to U11 regular who stepped in at short notice due to Alex being unwell. Not showing any nerves Chris bowled well returning figures of 3 overs 1 maiden 3 for 0. Thanks Chris.

Congs now face Saltaire away in the quarter finals on Monday 23rd June

Pudsey Congs v New Farnley

Thursday June 12th, 2014

Update by Neil Humpleby

The boys were finally back in league action after a weather forced layoff of 5 weeks.

Visitors on the night were New Farnley who decided to bat first on a fresh wicket after winning the toss.

The first wicket of the night went to Aqib striking in his second over (a wicket maiden). New Farnley number 3 Kelly was in good form retiring after a quick fire 30. His innings did not phase the Congs attack & after his departure we got back to bowling good line & length to trouble the visitors. There were reduced scoring chances with only Smith coming to terms with the bowling, scoring 22 before being bowled by a viscous inswinger from Charlie in his last over. The New Farnley innings finally closed on 87 for 8 from 20 overs.

Aqib 3-1-9-1, Masab 3-0-9-2, Ismail 3-0-5-1, Josh 3-0-8-0, Joe 3-1-8-0

Our opening pair of Ismail & Aqib were soon in their stride punishing any wayward deliveries & running well between the wickets keeping the scoreboard ticking over. With every run nearer the target seeming to deflate the visitors, the pair grew in confidence with Ismail retiring on 30 to be soon followed by Aqib also retiring. A tremendous partnership which effectively decided the game. The only wicket was a rather bizarre effort with Charlie being bowled after the ball took a deflection of his pad & then off the inside edge to dislodge the bails, bad luck mate. Josh & Joe then saw us over the line with 5 overs left to give us a convincing & well deserved victory.


The boys are back in action on Tuesday for the re arranged cup match v Lightcliffe at the Brit 6.30 start

Pudsey Congs v Lightcliffe

Home, Cup First Round

Monday June 2nd, 2014

Update by Neil Humpleby

The team were all gathered at the Brit on Monday for the cup game against lightcliffe looking forward to playing for the first time in four weeks.

The clouds were gathering at 6.00, so the covers were pulled on as a precaution, the rain started at around 6.10 and by 6.30 the ground was flooded!  Needless to say the match was abandoned.

This will make five weeks without a ball being bowled for the U13’s

The date for the rearranged cup game will be posted when confirmed.

Karmand Centre v Pudsey Congs


Thursday May 15th, 2014

Match report by Neil Humpleby

Finally! The U13 season gets underway after two washouts.

The short trip to the Karmand Centre on a bright evening was the order of the day with a new team, very different from last years squad who worked very hard all year for little reward. Captain for the evening Joe went out to the middle for the toss, which the home side won & elected to field first. Openers Ismail & Aqib got us off to a very good start batting through the first 10 overs without any scares along the way. As the boys started to try & up the rate, Aqib became the first victim, bowled for 12. Debutant Charlie joined Ismail at the crease, the pair playing shots & scoring freely before Ismail retired on a confident 33. Charlie was next to go run out by a direct hit for 15. Joe & Frankie then saw us to within 3 balls of the innings closing when Joe was bowled for 12, Harry joined Frankie & scored the last run of the innings seeing Congs close on a  respectable 97 for 3 off 20 overs.

It was over then to the inexperienced bowling attack & fielding to decide the outcome of the match. Good opening spells from KK & Aqib made scoring difficult for the home side. Charlie & Ismail as first & second change continued the good start conceding only 15 runs in 5 overs. At this stage confidence was growing as the required rate started to creep up towards 8 runs per over. The home side batsmen were not for giving up & some hard hitting saw them reduce the rate leaving them in a strong position with 3 overs left, although they had been losing wickets along the way. Ismail took a stunning caught & bowled in the penultimate over leaving our hosts needing 6 to win off the last over. Aqib was the lad who took the responsibility & bowled a quality last over many senior players would have been proud of, conceding only 2 runs & picking up a wicket to give Congs the victory by the narrow margin of 4 runs.

A great start to the season for the boys & what was very pleasing was the way they stuck to their task not letting nerves & the close finish get in the way of a well deserved victory.

Well done to everyone & already looking forward to the trip to Lightcliffe next Thursday.


Bradford Junior Under 15’s (South Division)

Fixture List & Match Reports 2014

Manager: Abid Bashir

Match Reports for 2014

Courtesy of Abid

Final League Position South Division = 3rd, 41 Points


Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At the Brit

Sunday June 1st, 2014

Match report by Abid Bashir

An under strength side took the field on a damp Sunday morning, the toss was won by Pudsey St Lawrence who elected to bat. We had three players missing on representative duties so we welcomed three under 13’s to the side who were; Josh Widdop, Aqib Mahmood and Charlie Heath who all performed well. We opened the bowling with Gurvinder Bhata and Ross Kettlewell, they both bowled very well with Gurvinder bowling 4 overs, 17 runs, 1 wicket and Ross bowling 4 overs 1 maiden 15 runs and 3 wickets; they both bowled extremely well bowling tight lines and lengths. Due to the shortage of bowlers the captain asked Bilal Ahmed the wicket keeper to bowl who bowled 4 overs – 1 maiden, 8 runs, a splendid effort by a wicket keeper who bowled for the first time; (I think he’ll bowl more often as the season goes on). Other notable performances were the captain; Josh Chapman who bowled 3 overs – 1 maiden 5 runs taking 1 wicket. In total Pudsey St Lawrence completed their innings on 82 for 5 with Harrison, Emmett Lee scoring 37 runs not out.

Pudsey Congs opened the batting with Bilal Ahmed and Gurvinder Bhata. Gurvinder Bhata was out for 0 being bowled in the third over and Bilal Ahmed going on to retire on 53 on a difficult batting track and good bowling from Pudsey St Lawrence. He batted patiently and very well to retire on 53 virtually winning the game on his own.

Pudsey Congs v Buttershaw St Pauls

At the Brit

Sunday May 18th, 2014

Match report by Abid Bashir

Pudsey Congs won the toss and decided to field. The bowlers started off well especially the spin bowlers and Ismail Nazir bowled 4 overs 9 run 2 wickets. Junaid Jamshed bowled 4 overs 14 runs 1 wicket, Josh Chapman bowled 4 overs 0 maidens 13 runs 1 wicket. The above bowlers bowled extremely well and Buttershaw St Pauls struggled scoring.  Eventually they ended up on 119 for 4, there was a brilliant catch taken by Samraj Bhai. Well Done Samraj, it was a pleasure to watch.

Pudsey Congs innings started with Awaise Hussain and Bilal Hamid opening the innings who scored steadily until Awaise was out 17. Junaid was brought in at 3 who scored a swift 13, which brought in Josh Chapman, as Josh Chapman was settling in Bilal Hamid was bowled playing a misjudged shot for 37. In came Ross and the match became tight, last five overs required 40 runs and the pair batted superbly with one almighty six hit by Ross Kettlewell, well done Ross what a fantastic six. We finished our innings at 123 for 3. A well deserved win for Pudsey Congs, which leaves us on 13 points with 2 played 2 won. 1 conceded and 1 rained off.

Pudsey Congs v Spen Victoria

At the Brit

Sunday May 4th, 2014

Match report by Abid Bashir

Spen Victoria conceded as they could not raise the team and Pudsey Congs win.

Farsley v Pudsey Congs


Sunday April 20th, 2014

Match report by Abid Bashir

Pudsey Congs: 148

Farsley: 88

Pudsey Congs win

The first game of the season opened against Farsley where the batters batted well with Awaise Hussain scoring 43, Bilal Hamidd scored 30 and Junaid Jamshed 48. It was a pleasure to watch the stroke play made by the batsman on a dull Sunday morning. The Farsley bowlers were punished for some wayward bowling. At the end of our innings we reached 148 for 3.

Josh Chapman decided to open with 2 spinners, Ismail Nazir and Ross Kettlewell. Ismail Nazir bowled very tight lines and after his three overs no maidens he went for four runs, Ross Kettlewell continued the good work and after four overs no maidens 10 runs and 2 wickets. Majority of the team bowled as a good day was had by all.

Well done Pudsey Congs although some improvements in the field are needed

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