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2015 Juniors

Under 9’s (Group A)

Fixture List and Match Reports 2015

Manager: Chris Doey

Final League Position Group A = 2nd, 8 Points


Farsley v Pudsey Congs

at Red Lane

July 29th, 2015

Match Report by Tom Brook

After the result of the first match between the two sides, the Congs travelled to Farsley in high spirits, hoping to put in another excellent performance and win a game that would see them qualify for the knockout rounds. With the Congs having 10 players available for the game, and with both teams running out of competitive fixtures, it was agreed that the match would be 20 overs per team, with five pairs. Much like in the first game, the Congs won the toss and it was Farsley who would bat first.

On this occasion, it was Daltery and Raunaq who opened the bowling, and they did so with devastating effect, taking four wickets in the opening four overs. From here, the Farsley innings never recovered, Zak and Ben bowled good, tight lines in the second pair, before Is’Haaq and Jack took a further four wickets. In the fourth pair, Anthony and Sabir also picked up a wicket each, before Malachy and Niall finished off the innings in style. Overall, some excellent Congs bowling meant that they took 11 wickets, and Farsley were limited to 180, which was 20 less than when they started their innings. An excellent bowling and fielding effort.

Daltery Hullah 2-1-4-2, Raunaq Mohammed 2-0-6-2 , Is’Haaq Nazir 2-2-0-2 , Jack Falarty 2-1-1-2

The Congs knew that if they batted well the game would be theirs… and that’s exactly what they did. In truth, the chase was never in doubt, with the Congs boys accumulating runs regularly and only losing six wickets. Thanks to some lusty blows, particularly from Jack, Niall and Sabir, the Congs reached their target comfortably, posting an incredibly impressive 364.

Jack Falarty 17, Sabir Mahmood 29* & Niall Brook 26*

This was another excellent team performance that ensured that the Congs qualified for the knockout phase of the competition. An excellent performance from everyone who played.


Let’s hope we can take that into the next round.

Pudsey Congs v Farsley

at the Strikes CS Britannia Ground

July 2015

Match Report by Tom Brook

Looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats to Pudsey St Lawrence, the Congs welcomed Farsley down to the Strikes Britannia Ground. On what was a gloomy evening with light drizzle in the air, the Congs won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Daltery and Niall opened the bowling and were faced by some hostile and big hitting batting which meant that, in spite of bowling some good line and lengths, Farsley were on 230 after the first pair. However, from here, the tone of the match changed, and some fantastically accurate bowling put the Congs in a commanding position.

Ben, Raunaq, Jack and Is’Haaq all bowled incredibly tight lines, with the pace and swing proving to be too much for the Farsley batsmen, leading to wickets falling at regular intervals. Truth be told, when Sabir and Zak followed in the final pair, the six delivered what could only be classified as a bowling masterclass, taking eleven wickets in the space of 12 overs! Both Sabir and Is’Haaq were on hattricks during the innings, with Is’Haaq achieving a “team hattrick” – two bowled and a run out in three consecutive deliveries.

This brilliant (and to be honest, nothing short of stunning) bowling performance meant that Farsley closed on 211-11. A fantastic team effort on a small ground.

Raunaq Mohammad 2-2-0-1, Is’Haaq Nazir 2-1-1-3, Sabir Mahmood 2-0-6-3, Zak Stolarski 2-1-5-2

Understandably, confidence was high during the interval, but Tom reiterated the importance of batting well, as the Congs had failed in their last attempt at a chase because they lost too many wickets. However, the Congs were keen to ensure this wasn’t the case, and in truth, the chase was never in doubt.

Daltery and Niall got the innings off to a solid start, with Daltery particularly hitting some sumptuous cover drives. With Congs 223 without the loss of a single wicket after the first pair, the pressure was relieved, and the middle order batted with great freedom. Ben Eckard in the next pair played some incredible shots, finding the boundary regularly with a level of power that seemed superhuman for his tiny stature. Jack and Is’Haaq then followed suit, as if trying to outdo Ben, with both displaying powerful and controlled hitting. By the time the final pair of Zak and Sabir came to the crease, the game was almost over, but more lusty blows from Zak made sure the Congs finished with a bang.

The only negative of the innings came on the final ball, when Zak was caught behind going for one boundary too many. The Congs, in what was an incredible display by all, finished on 333-1, winning by over 100 runs.

Zak Stolarski 25, Ben Eckard 18* & Daltery Hullah 19*

This was an incredible display from the Congs boys who were excellent with bat and ball, as well as in the field. It was incredible to see all of the hard work that has been put in on Friday nights pay off.

Well done to all – more of the same in the next game please.

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

at the Strikes CS Britannia Ground

June 2015

Match Report by Tom Brook

On a typically British summer evening with rain in the sky throughout, St. Lawrence came down to the Strikers Britannia ground for the first home game of the season. Like in the return fixture, the Congs would bowl first, although this time they would hope to lower the running between the wickets that had caused the damage in the first game.

After a lengthy talk from Chris, the team took to the field ready for the battle, and they stuck to the plans well, with Niall and Anthony taking three wickets in the first pair, limiting St. Lawrence to below the 200 total they started with.

From here, St. Lawrence did manage to counter-attack, scoring freely. But, thanks to improved fielding, a couple of good run outs while St. Lawrence went for quick singles, the Congs boys managed to limit the St. Lawrence total, meaning that they closed on 259 – 5, an almost identical score to the previous evening. At the half way stage, we all knew it would be tight but possible if the Congs batted well.


Niall Brook 2-0-8-2, Anthony Edwards 2-1-7-1 & Daltery Hullah 2-0-12-2

Sadly, the Congs reply got off to a bad start, with wickets falling regularly. Thankfully, Paddy and Niall were able to steady the ship in the middle overs, giving the Congs a platform to launch from. Young Rayyan (who was impressive throughout) proved an able partner for Is’Haaq who hit some clubbing blows, however, when he was bowled in the last over the pair faced, the Congs faced an uphill task.

Daltery and Zak gave the chance an incredibly good go in the final pair (particularly Zak who hit five boundaries from the final over), but sadly it was a repeat result, with the Congs falling 19 runs short this time.

Is’Haaq Nazir 12 & Zak Stolarski 28

This was a fantastic and competitive game of cricket that was played in the right spirit and it was a pleasure to be involved in. As was discussed in the changing room after the game, it was by far the best performance that the Congs boys had put together but there were still a number of positives to take from the game. Lessons learnt and I’m sure it will be onwards and upwards from here. We may even arrange some friendlies to try and exact our revenge!

Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

at Tofts Rd

June 25th, 2015

Match Report by Tom Brook

It was couple of weeks after the Idle match that the Congs boys were next in action, making the short trip up the road to face Pudsey St. Lawrence. This time, the Congs would field first on a warm and humid summer’s evening, chasing the total set by St. Lawrence.

Sabir and Is’Haaq opened the bowling to good effect, with three maidens in the first four overs. In the middle overs however, the St. Lawrence boys found the boundary regularly and ran between the wickets well to ensure that the score kept ticking over. Although they kept the scoring rate under control, the Congs boys found it hard to take wickets and, as result, the rate continued to climb, with Pudsey St. Lawrence closing on 262 – 4.

Credit must be given to the Congs bowlers and fielders here for sticking to their task well in difficult circumstances, with disciplined bowling and only 5 wides in the innings keeping the score in reach at the half way point.

Sabir Mahmood 2-2-0-0, Is’Haaq Nazir 2-1-1-1 & Daltery Hullah 2-0-8-1

The chase was close throughout, with the match finely in the balance throughout the Congs innings. However, when all was said and done after 16 overs, the Congs boys fell agonisingly short, finishing on 248 – 7, losing by 14 runs.

The running between the wickets proved the difference between the two teams on this occasion, with the final pair of Zak and Daltery losing wickets in an attempt to chase the final runs. Overall, this was a great local derby that all 16 players can be proud of. Hopefully the Congs can seek revenge in the return leg!

Sabir Mahmood 11 & Zak Stolarski 10

Idle v Pudsey Congs


June 5th, 2015

Match Report by Tom Brook

For the first match of the season, Pudsey Congs travelled across Bradford to face Idle for what has historically been a closely contested contest. Newly appointed captain Zak Stolarski won the toss and promptly elected to bat, deciding that the Congs would prefer to set a total and defend it.

After a lengthy talk about expectations from Tom and Chris, the Congs boys were quietly confident against what transpired to be a quite young Idle team. Anthony and Niall opened the batting, nudging the ball around the ground, picking up several singles to get the boys off to a strong start. Daltery and Raunaq followed suit, picking up the scoring rate in the process, and after two pairs, the Congs were yet to lose a single wicket, a great effort at this level of cricket.

Unfortunately Is’Haaq was run out via a direct hit from the boundary, but him and Paddy batted well, continuing to find the gaps regularly and build the Congs score to a competitive total. By the time the final pair of Zak and Sabir came to the crease, the Congs were already in a strong position. More free hitting from both men, who finished 18 and 17 not out respectively meant that that Congs finished on what seemed an above average 280 – 2.

Zak Stolarski 18* and Sabir Mahmood 17*

In truth, thanks to some excellent Pudsey Congs bowling and fielding, the Idle reply never really got off the ground. Wickets fell at regular intervals thanks to some pinpoint bowling by all, and it was a joy to see some of the fielding drills that have been taking place on Friday nights come to fruition. After 16 overs, Idle closed on 205 – 8, meaning that Pudsey Congs won by 75 runs.

Daltery Hullah 2-2-0-2, Is’Haaq Nazir 2-1-2-2 & Sabir Mahmood 2-1-1-2

Well done to all who took part, it was a fantastic display in all three aspects of the game. Keep it up.

Under 11’s (South Division)

Fixture List and Match Reports 2015

Manager: Liam Stanhope

Final League Position South Division = 2nd, 28 Points



Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs

Ernest Jones Trophy Semi Final

At Tofts Rd

Monday July 27th, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

As rain washed out this game in the first instance, the Congs made the short trip up the hill two days later than planned to take on arch rivals PSL for a place in the Ernest Jones Trophy Final. Once again rain threatened to thwart any play, however, both teams were desperate to get the game under and out of the way. Play commenced an hour later than planned with 16 overs a side.

PSL won the toss and elected to bat first and made a steady start without the loss of any wickets. The introduction of Flinn Woodward-Chapman got Congs on the board as he clean bowled Jacob MacDonald with a peach of a delivery. Swinging in towards middle stump before seaming away to clip the top of off! Jaffa! Wickets were hard to come by despite the best efforts of all the bowlers on show. Wadsworth retired unbeaten for a well made 30, before Danny Gill and the incoming Ricky Priestley accelerated the scoring as PSL closed on 96-1.

Flinn Woodward-Chapman 3-0-8-1

The Congs reply started shakily as ‘the anchor’ Sabir Mahmood was dismissed at the crease for the first time this season, from a ball with did just enough of the pitch to catch him on the crease. With her opening partner gone, Libby Middleton looked to take the game to the PSL bowlers before falling to Josh Allinson. Flinn Wooward-Chapman started with 3 blistering drives off Allinson, whilst Dominic Edwards was finding the gaps on frequent occasions. At the halfway stage Congs were well up with the require run rate but PSL’s batting hero soon turned bowling hero as he tied down the Congs batsmen with 2 maidens from 2 to put his team in the driving seat. As the dark night closed in the chase fell short with the batsmen finding it difficult to see the ball. Dominic Edwards fell for a gallant 22 in the final over as Congs finished 40 short of their target.

Dominic Edwards – 22

On the day Congs were defeated by the better side which consisted of many more ‘proper’ u11’s with a lot of representative cricket experience. With our injured 11 year olds Ben (broken wrist) and KK (twisted ankle) perhaps we could have had the firepower to get well on top with the bat. But regardless, the team on show battled well and fought till the very end to do the club proud on a cold, wet and miserable evening. With many of the players having at least 2 more years at u11’s, Cup glory cannot be far around the corner.

Buttershaw St Pauls v Pudsey Congs


Sunday July 26th, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Pudsey Congs under 11’s brought their league season to a close vs Buttershaw St Paul’s still with an outside chance of taking the league trophy back to the Britannia.

Buttershaw captain Harris Cunningham won the toss and opted to bat but it wasn’t long before Congs struck through the quick bowing of Kshitij Kapote. KK then claimed a brilliant run out with a direct hit from the fine leg boundary. Congs kept it tight in the middle overs with Zac Stolarski returning figures of 2-2-0-0 and Is’Haaq Nazir 2-0-5-0 on debut. Buttershaw’s final pair added 12 and 8 respectively to fight back. But Congs had the final say with Sam Lassey taking a superb catch behind the wicket, off the bowling of Libby Middleton. Before Flinn Woodward-Chapman demolished Lewis Ellis’s off stump.


Buttershaw St. Paul’s 242-4

Kshitij Kapote 2-1-4-1, Flinn Woodward-Chapman 3-0-6-1, Libby Middleton 2-0-8-1

KK and Libby Middleton got the Congs off to a flying start with 30 from the first 4 overs as KK made an unbeaten 26 with a number of hard-hitting flicks, drives and pulls. BSP struck back through the bowling of Stuart Todd who claimed 2 wickets to leave Congs on 230-4. Sam Lassey and Is’Haaq Nazir added 34 in the third pair to put Congs well and truly in the driving seat. Sam Lassey blasted four 4’s on his way to 23, whilst Is’Haaq played solidly to rotate the strike in an expertly manner. Dominc Edwards and Flinn Woodward-Chapman added a further 22 runs from the final 4 overs to give the Congs a 44 run victory.

Kshitij Kapote 26, Sam Lassey 23

Victory from the final game of the league season topped of a phenomenal season for a side of which the majority are still under 9’s. Each and every player should be extremely proud of the way they have played, learnt and developed over the past four months, as well as been deserving of all the plaudits they have received from the supporters and members of our club. The future of Pudsey Congs cricket certainly looks very bright in the hands of these young players.

**The Congs currently sit top of the pile in the under 11’s South division while the BJCL devise a way to settle the confusing league format.**

Spen Victoria v Pudsey Congs


Sunday July 5th, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Congs visited Spen Lane in search of a first league win in three weeks following defeats at the hands of both Thackley and PSL “A”.

Bowling first the young Congs did well restricting Spen Victoria to 224-4 after 12 overs. Largely thanks to fantastic figures from Niall Brook 2-0-3-1, Kshitij Kapote 3-1-4-1 and Zac Stolarski 2-0-4-1. However, the final pair managed to squeeze a couple of boundaries in before the close to finish 246-5. In the field, Sam Lassey claimed another outstanding catch behind the stumps, whilst Zac Stolarski snatched a skyer off his own bowling. Great effort by all.

Niall Brook 2-0-3-1, Kshitij Kapote 3-1-4-1 and Zac Stolarski 2-0-4-1.

Spen started their defence well as Jamie Dyson yorked Niall Brook to claim his wicket in the second over, before also getting the impenetrable Sabir Mahmood run out for his first dismissal this season. Sam Lassey and Zac Stolarski bumped the score along with some crashing boundaries. Then, Dominic Edwards and Kirk Eckard nudged the score along to 228 with 4 overs to go. The game looked done as Flinn Woodward-Chapman was out from the first ball he faced. Yet Flinn and partner KK battled back with some strong hitting and hard running (including an all ran 4!!) to put Congs comfortably in the driving seat with 6 balls left. Tom Burton managed to find Flinn’s edge from the second ball to swing the game back in Spen’s favour. But more suicidal yet effective running left Congs needing 3 to win from the final ball. Driven in to covers to ball was fielded on the boundary as the final batters could only manage 2 to tie the game at 246 each.

Flinn Woodward-Chapman – 14, Zac Stolarksi -12, Kshitij Kapote – 10.

A thrilling end to brilliant game of cricket saw the points shared and Congs back in the points column in the league table.

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

at the Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Sunday June 28th, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Pudsey Congs fell to back to back league defeats at the hands of neighbours and arch rivals Pudsey St. Lawrence A.

Congs were off to a great start as Flinn Woodward-Chapman clean bowled Calam Jackson with a devastating delivery. However, PSL fought back as Raheem Rasol and Jacob McDonald added 19 and 20 resepctively. The Congs conceded 30 extra’s which undid the hard work of Flinn Woodward-Chapman 3-15, Kirk Eckard 2-12 and Isa Hussain 1-15.


PSL 277-7.

Flinn Woodward Chapman 3-0-15-3, Kirk Eckard 2-0-12-2

Congs openers Kshitij Kapote and Sabir Mahmood added 10 apiece with KK scoring some classy drives and Sabir punishing anything on his legs. Yet, the Congs never really got going after that and struggled to keep up the scoring. Zac Stolarksi looked to add a bit of firepower by blasting a couple of boundaries. But in the end credit must go to the PSL boys who bowled and fielded much better on the day.


Congs finished 244-6.

Kshitij Kapote- 10, Sabir mahmood – 10, Zac Stolarksi – 10.

 Pudsey Congs v Woodlands

Ernest Jones Trophy Quarter Final

At the Strikes Britannia Ground

Monday June 22nd, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

The Congs looked to bounce back from their first defeat of the season as they took on league rivals Woodlands in the Cup Quarter Final at the Britannia.

Captain Sabir Mahmood won the toss and opted to bowl first. A decision which looked to be well made as KK struck immediately to remove the opening batsmen and again in his second over to leave Woodlands 4-2. Ben Whitaker ran out the dangerous Joe Shuttleworth with a fantastic direct hit which then allowed the Congs bowlers to turn the screw and keep the runs down. Harry Medcalf made a well constructed innings to retire with 30 as Woodlands finished 63-6 from 20 overs.

Kshitij Kapote 2-1-1-2, Sabir Mahmood 2-1-2-1, Zac Stolarski 2-0-5-1, Niall Brook 2-0-6-1.

Two batsmen with contrasting styles took to the crease to chase down Woodlands total. Ben Whitaker (chief aggressor) smashed his way to 30, whilst Sabir Mahmood (top nurdler) nudged his way to 26 not out. Congs rushed to victory in just over 10 overs. 64-0. Well batted.

Ben Whitaker – 30, Sabir Mahmood 26no.

 Thackley v Pudsey Congs


Sunday June 21st, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Thackley inflicted the Congs first defeat of the season with an 8 run victory. In a game which Congs did superbly well to get within touching distance.

Thackley posted 286-6 from their sixteen overs. Thanks largely to 26 from Thomas Sara Grey’s big hitting and Ned McCormack’s hit and run tactic in the middle overs which brought him 19 runs. Sabir Mahmood and Dominic Edwards impressed with the ball to claim two wickets apiece. However, sloppy fielding at times left Congs chasing their highest total of the season.

Sabir Mahmood 2-0-9-2, Dominic Edwards 3-0-16-2

In reply the Congs made a steady start as Sabir Mahmood and Niall Brook added 14 from 4 overs. Kirk Eckard looked to up the run rate striking a number of boundaries to the leg side on his way to 13. Dominic Edwards made a confident 16 in the third pair whilst being well supported by Libby Middleton. The last pair chanced their arms a little, contributing 35 runs, yet fell just short of their required total.


Congs 276-5.

Dominic Edwards 16, Ben Whitaker 15, Flinn Woodward-Chapman 14, Kirk Eckard 13.

 Pudsey Congs v Farsley

at the Strikes CS Britannia Ground

Sunday June 14th, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Congs were looking to maintain their unbeaten run as Farsley made the short trip from Red Lane to Pudsey on a drizzly morning at the Strikes CS Britannia ground.

Farsley captain Ryan Thorpe won the toss and elected to bat with the opening pair adding 14 without loss in the first four overs. Sam Lassey marked his return behind the sticks with another superb catch off the bowling of Libby Middleton. The young Congs then began to tighten the screws in the middle overs with Niall Brook and Kirk Eckard grabbing a brace of wickets each and Dominic Edwards taking one for himself. Ryan and Lauren Thorpe found scoring a little easier in the final overs. Ryan Thorpe blasting 25 to take Farsley to 242-7 after 16 overs.

Niall Brook 2-0-3-2 and Kirk Eckard 2-0-5-2

It didn’t look good for Congs when Niall Brook got a beauty of a delivery first up. However, he and Sabir Mahmood fought back to leave Congs 227-1 after the first pair. Sabir continued his fine form with another 20 not out including some delicate flicks and crunching drives. Kirk Eckard used the pace on the ball to add 11. Before Dominic Edwards (8) and Libby Middleton (10) put the game out of reach. Flinn Woodward-Chapman played the shots of the day smashing two balls through cover point from consecutive deliveries.


Congs finishing 304-3.

Sabir Mahmood 20 and Flinn Woodward-Chapman 16

Another brilliant performance from this ever improving Congs under 11’s leaves them top of the league unbeaten in 5.

Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

Ernest Jones Trophy First Round


Sunday June 7th, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

Pudsey Congs earned their place in the 2nd Round of the Ernest Jones Trophy with an emphatic 9 wicket win over Undercliffe.

Kshitij Kapote got the Congs off to a perfect start clean bowling the top three UCC batsmen in the first over to claim a sensational hat-trick. Manueeb Ashraf staged the recovery for Underclife with a hard fought 22 before being dismissed by Kirk Eckard’s leg-spin. Dominic Edwards and Ben Whittaker were also in the wickets as Undercliffe posted 65-7 from 20 overs.

KK 3-2-1-3, Dominic Edwards 3-0-8-2, Kirk Eckard 2-0-6-1 & Ben Whittaker 2-0-7-1

Chasing 66 to win, opening batsmen Anthony Edwards and Captain Sabir Mahmood batted patiently whilst keeping in front of the run rate from the word go. Mahmood punished anything with too much width and looked supremely confident against anything potentially dangerous. Anthony Edwards fell with the score on 44 before big brother Dominic Edwards partnered his captain to get Congs over the line. Finishing the game with a powerfully struck sweep to the boundary. 67-1

Sabir Mahmood – 22no

Top, top effort!!

Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs


Sunday May 24th, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

The weather on Sunday followed the usual pattern of overcast, windy & cold as a young U11 side arrived at Lightcliffe.

Our hosts won the toss & elected to field first. Openers Sabir & Niall gave us a solid start with a partnership of 17 without losing a wicket in their four overs. Zac & Kirk carried on the good work with another partnership of 17 but both losing their wicket this time. Next up Sam & Flinn kept the scoreboard ticking adding 12 before losing a couple of wickets. Experienced players Ben & KK gave the innings a boost with a last pair score of 31 without loss, closing the innings on 278 for 4 off 16 overs.

Ben opened the bowling for the Congs with the first 3 balls finding the edge giving Lightcliffe a good start with consecutive boundaries, (how the batsman kept the ball out is hard to fathom). As the bowling was shared around it was obvious our hosts were going to struggle as every bowler bowled good tight line & length to frustrate the batsmen. Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout as the bowlers piled on the pressure, with the innings finally closing on 212 for 7 from 16 overs, it gave the boys an emphatic & well deserved victory.

Flinn 2-2-0-1, KK 2-1-1-1, Zac 3-2-2-1, Sabir 2-1-2-2, Niall 2-0-5-2, Kirk 2-0-10-0, Ben 3-0-19-0

The above figures show how well the boys bowled as a team, & with some excellent glovework from Sam behind the wickets, I feel this team will challenge strongly for honours this season if they carry on turning in this kind of performance with bat & ball. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning deputising for Liam who was unavailable due to work commitments & wish the team well for the rest of the season.

Pudsey Congs v Buttershaw St Pauls

at the Strikes Britannia Ground

Sunday May 17th, 2015

Match Report by Liam Stanhope

After two weeks of cancellations, the Congs under 11’s finally got their season underway as Buttershaw St. Paul’s were the visitors to the Britannia Ground.

Opting to bat first Sabir Mahmood and Niall Brook took to the middle and proceeded to play confidently down the ground, giving the Congs a solid start without the loss of a wicket. Sam Lassey and Kirk Eckard continued where the openers left off to leave Congs nicely poised on 227-0 at the halfway stage. Third pair in Flinn Woodward-Chapman and Libby Middleton began to up the run rate, striking numerous boundaries to finish with 25 and 12 respectively. Ben Whittaker and Dominic Edwards then brought the Congs innings to a close with some fine running between the wickets. With Congs finishing  288-1.

Flinn Woodward-Chapman – 25

Buttershaw’s reply was thwarted in the second over as Sam Lassey claimed a fantastic catch behind the stumps off the bowling of Flinn Woodward-Chapman. However, Harris Cunningham had other plans. Blasting 30 in the remaining overs of the first pair. The Congs began to regain control with Niall Brook and Kirk Eckard bowling a couple of tight overs apiece as well as claiming a wicket each. With 37 runs to win, the returning Harris Cunningham fell just short scoring a gutsy 22. Yet, the death bowling of Ben Whittaker and Flinn Woodward-Chapman proved too much for BSP as Congs took the points.


BSP 282-3.

Kirk Eckard 2-1-2-1, Niall Brook 2-0-8-1

A great effort with bat and ball from each and every player. A brilliant team effort and a pleasure to be involved in. The future looks bright at Congs!!

**Special thanks to Anthony Edwards for making up the numbers and fielding for Buttershaw**

Bradford Junior Under 13’s (Peel Division)

Fixture List and Match Reports 2015

Manager: Neil Humpleby

Match Reports 2015

Final League Position Peel Division = 2nd, 33 Points

Pudsey Congs v Lightcliffe

At the Strikes Britannia Ground

Thursday July 23rd, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

The penultimate game of our league season saw us play host to Lightcliffe on a fine sunny evening. Captain Will won the toss & elected to bat first on yet another great looking wicket prepared by Graham.

Our openers Will & Alex got us off to a steady start until Alex was bowled in the 7th over with 35 on the board. Charlie joined Will & looked to play his shots from the outset upping the run rate, until he retired on 30. KK soon came & went run out by a fantastic direct hit thrown in from the long off boundary. Harry & Aqib continued to add runs before Harry was caught for 20. Chris joined Aqib to see the innings to a close with a good total of 161 on the board.

Charlie 30 (retired), Aqib 30 n/o, Will 20 & Harry 20

Will & KK opened the bowling keeping things tight, putting pressure on the Lightcliffe batsmen. Will took the first two wickets in his second over & then followed that it up with two more in his third over! to leave the visitors in trouble falling further behind the required rate. The only resistance in their order came from Josh Boothe retiring on 33 & Ed Wardle scoring 17. Late wickets from Masab saw the innings close on 92 for 7 giving the lads a well earned victory by 70 runs.

Will 3-1-6-4 and Masab 3-0-11-2

 Pudsey St Lawrence v Pudsey Congs


Thursday July 16th, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

A bright, breezy evening for this weeks fixture away to PSL.

PSL won the toss & elected to bat first on a pretty good looking wicket.

In the opening six overs our hosts got off to a blistering start, punishing any loose deliveries and aided by some poor fielding amassed an impressive total of 45 for 1. (Captain Josh Priestly falling to a stunning catch at midwicket by Masab). A change in the bowling strategy stemmed the flow of runs & at the end of the 20 overs, PSL had only doubled their score finishing on 91 for 5.The rest of the wickets taken were all caught so a big turn around in the field was pleasing after the poor start.

Lewis 3-0-7-2, Chris 3-0-6-0, Alex 3-0-12-1, Charlie 2-0-5-0 & Will 3-1-13-2.

In reply, Alex was the first wicket to fall, deceived by a slower ball, bowled with the score on 13. Charlie joined Will & set about building the innings, both batting maturely, nudging singles & attacking anything loose. When Charlie retired on 31 we were well set needing 25 off the last 5. This became 17 off 4 although we had lost Harry caught behind for 1. This seemed to press the self destruct button as a flurry of wickets left the game in the balance with us needing 6 of the last over & with two new batsmen at the crease. Jay smashed the first ball through the covers for four, followed by three dot balls! Two off 2 and Masab called for a run as the ball went through to the keeper, he then played the last ball past the mid on fielder and scampered through for the match wining run.

Charlie 31 (retired) & Will 21.

A fantastic game of cricket played in the best spirit by both teams but there had to be a winner and it felt really good earning local bragging rights in their own backyard.

Well done to everyone in the tea, a magnificent effort.

Farsley v Pudsey Congs


Thursday July 9th, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

A fine sunny evening at Farsley for this weeks league fixture. Farsley won the toss & elected to bowl first on an unprepared wicket.


As Charlie & Will went out to open the innings, it became evident early on this would turn out to be an incredibly one sided affair. After 20 overs the Congs batsmen had plundered a massive total of 181 for 2 with Will, Charlie, Aqib & Harry all retiring on 30 with KK not far behind finishing on 25 not out.

In reply Farsley were always struggling to score runs against any of the Congs bowling, with Bethany Slater the only one to score double figures finishing on 14 before a smart catch from Masab ended the innings. Our hosts were bowled out for only 30 runs from 15 overs giving us victory by 151 runs.

A sterner test in prospect next week as we visit Tofts Road for a crucial fixture against PSL

Pudsey Congs v Spen Victoria

At the Strikes Britannia Ground

Thursday June 25th, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

A bright sunny evening as we welcomed our visitors Spen Victoria this week.

Captain Will won the toss & elected to bowl first on a quality looking wicket prepared by groundsman Graham Curtis. The Spen opening pair got off to a flying start aided by some below par fielding putting on 69 runs in the first 5 overs. Struggling to stem the flow of runs Spen had reached 111 before the first wicket fell, Clough falling to a smart catch by Masab off the first ball of Chris’s first over. Taking the pace off the ball, using the slower bowlers, allowed us to make inroads with our visitors innings closing on an impressive 155 for 6 from 20 overs.

A daunting target to chase, openers Will & Harry went out to the middle knowing we would need to score quickly from the outset to stand any chance. The pair batted sensibly for a partnership of 14 before Will fell to a viscous in swinging yorker, bowled for 7. A couple of overs later we were two down when Harry was bowled for 14 leaving us on 23 for 2. With two new batsmen at the crease the Spen bowlers were buzzing, expecting to roll over the rest of the batting as we chased runs. Charlie & Frankie had other ideas setting about building a partnership of 54 before Frankie retired on 32. Charlie fell soon after caught for 19 but the middle order made valuable contributions, unfortunately in vain as we came up 18 runs short of the target, closing on 137 for 6 from 20 overs.


F.Gibson 32 retired, A.Mahmood 21 & C.Heath 19

Spen Victoria won by 17 runs.

This match turned out to be more T20 blast than U13 Junior cricket!


Highlight of the evening was the cover drive played by Frankie on his way to retiring which had the large crowd on its feet, probably one of the finest shots I have ever seen at this level, very well played mate.

Disappointed to lose & with more concentration required in the field the boys still have a lot to be proud about in the run chase, providing spectators with a game to remember.

Well done to both teams

Pudsey Congs v Bowling Old Lane

At the Strikes Britannia Ground

Thursday June 18th, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

Back on home soil this week as we welcomed our visitors on another cold grey evening.

Stand in captain Charlie won the toss & once again elected to bowl first.

Aqib & Harry (first game back after breaking his arm just before the start of the season) opened the bowling & started to build pressure from the outset.The first & second change bowlers Charlie & Chris carried on the good work so at the 10 over stage our visitors were only on 30 for 3. A change to a spin attack brought Lewis & Alex Naylor together restricting run scoring even further & taking wickets, it was always going to be difficult for BOL to post a big score.The innings came to an end in the 20th over when the last wicket fell with 70 runs on the board.

Chris 3-0-4-2, Charlie 3-1-6-1, Lewis 2-0-3-3, Libby 2-0-7-1, Harry 3-1-3-0

This weeks opening pairing of Alex & Harry got the chase off to a solid start adding 29 runs for the first wicket, before Harry was bowled for 11. Not long after Alex joined Harry back in the changing rooms this time caught & bowled. Unlike last week, Charlie & Frankie batted sensibly waiting for the bad ball & punishing it with regular boundaries.Their partnership of 34 giving us a well deserved victory by 8 wickets.

Charlie 20 not out, Frankie 18 not out, Alex 14, Harry 11.

A far better effort this week from all, but we still need to work on our fielding in areas to back up the good work of the bowlers.



Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs

Cup First Round


Thursday June 11th, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

A short trip to Undercliffe for this cup game on a warm sunny evening.

Will won the toss & elected to field.

All the bowlers bowled good line & length to restrict scoring opportunities for our hosts, but unfortunately some poor ground fielding & dropped catches allowed them to reach a final score of 83 for 8 from the allotted 20 overs.

With a word of caution from the Manager, our opening pair of KK & Alex set off to chase down a seemingly gettable target of 84 runs. Although the Undercliffe opening bowlers were bowling with pace, they had very little control, allowing us to get on top of the required rate. KK was the first wicket to fall with the score on 18. This wicket signaled the start of a batting collapse of England proportions with only Frankie Gibson reaching double figures & most of the batters being guilty of not valuing their wicket. We were bowled all out for 63 after only 13.3 overs.

A very disappointing performance this week & on checking the scorecard to find we had conceded 24 extras, one that left a bitter taste which we have to improve on to regain our early season form.

Buttershaw St Pauls v Pudsey Congs


Thursday May 21st, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

Looking to bounce back from last weeks defeat to PSL we arrived at Buttershaw to another dull, overcast & bitterly cold evening for our third league fixture.

Winning the toss, captain Will elected to bat first on a well used track. Will &  opening partner Alex once again got us off to a fine start, with Will the dominant force retiring on 30 off 30 balls faced. Charlie came in at 3 following his captains lead playing powerful shots to all parts as the run rate climbed. Unfortunately Alex misread a slower ball and paid the price, bowled for a patient 12 runs. Frankie came & went as poor calling between the batsmen resulted in him being run out. KK coming in at 5 (in his first appearance this term) steadied the ship as he & Charlie worked the ball round the ground for quick runs and then punishing anything loose, sending it crashing over the rope. As Charlie retired, a good total had already been established & along with a cameo innings of 11 from Aqib, saw the innings close on an impressive 135 for 2 from 20 overs.

Charlie 33 (retired), Will 30 (retired) and KK 26 not out.

The Buttershaw innings started with our opening bowlers Aqib & KK looking to pile on the pressure, which they did quite comfortably, only conceding 13 runs between them in the first 4 overs with KK picking up two wickets in two balls (both clean bowled breaking a wicket in the process!). First & second change bowlers Chris & Will carried on the good start both taking wickets in their 2 over spell. As the run rate required increased, the batsmen were forced into taking risks which ultimately cost them their wicket with good tight bowling from all involved. The innings soon came to an end with Masab taking the final wicket of the match with Buttershaw closing on 68 all out off 14.4 overs.

Masab 1.4-0-2-2, KK 2-0-4-2, Chris 2-0-6-2, Ben 2-0-11-2, Alex 1-0-1-1, Will 2-0-15-1

 A very good all round performance from the boys leading to a convincing win.


Well done everyone!

Pudsey Congs v Pudsey St Lawrence

At the Strikes Britannia Ground

Thursday May 14th, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

A bitterly cold overcast evening at the Brit as we welcomed the old rivals from up road for this weeks fixture.

Winning the toss & electing to bat, the PSL openers Priestly & Al-Hayat got the visitors off to a good start both reaching 30 & retiring. Although the Congs bowlers worked hard for no reward, it was Libby who made the breakthrough in her first U13 over with Scott giving a simple chance to Charlie at point. From then on scoring became harder for the less experienced PSL batsmen with the innings closing on 117 for 3 from 20 overs.

Ben 3-0-11-2, Libby 1-0-4-1 & Alex 3-0-12-0.

The Congs reply got off to a steady start with Frankie & Aqib adding 23 for the first wicket. Then two quick wickets proved to be the turning point in the game which we were unable to fully recover from & with the light fading fast the game slipped away from us, finishing 21 runs short of the PSL total on 91 for 7.

Charlie 27, Masab 13 & Flinn 10

Thanks once again to Flinn for stepping up this week, his fielding carrying on from last weeks effort & he didn’t disappoint this week with the bat in his first innings at the higher level.A score of 91 will probably win us more games this season than not, so we will not be too down as we head off to Buttershaw St Pauls with a strong side for our next outing.

 Lighcliffe v Pudsey Congs

At Red Lane

Thursday May 7th, 2015

Match Report by Neil Humpleby

The first match of our 2015 campaign saw us travel away to Lightcliffe on a bright Spring evening.

After winning the toss Congs captain Will Holmes elected to field first. Good tight bowling from Aqib & Will restricted scoring chances with Will getting the extra reward for his efforts taking the first wicket of the season. The enforced bowling changes resulted in the Lightcliffe total start to grow with no reward for the Congs change bowlers. Once the Lightcliffe pairing of Harrison & Booth had departed (both batsmen retired), the bowlers once again started to impose themselves slowing down the run rate & picking up another couple of wickets along the way (Will with his second of the night & wickets for Lewis & Alex Naylor). The lightcliffe innings closing on an even 100 for 4 from their 20 overs.

Will Holmes 3-0-13-2, Aqib Mahmood 3-1-10-0, Alex Naylor 2-0-4-1, Lewis Gunner 2-0-13-1

A new opening pairing for the Congs in Will & Alex Naylor got the run chase off to the perfect start with a partnership of 75 before Will retired on 31 not out. Frankie joined Alex & immediately started playing his shots to increase the run rate. Alex fell disappointingly 4 runs short of retiring for 26. Debutant & new boy to the Congs Ben Whittaker fell, bowled by a good Yorker length delivery before stand in wicketkeeper Chris Hill joined Frankie to see us over the line finishing on 101 for 2 off only 17.5 overs.

Will Holmes 31 not out (retired), Alex Naylor 26 & Frankie Gibson 16 not out

Thanks this evening to Chris Hill who stood in as wicketkeeper at short notice and a special mention to U11 player Flinn Woodward Chapman who filled in at the last minute and although he didn’t get to bat or bowl, performed really well in the field with no hint of nerves playing in the older age group.

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