2XI MATCH REPORTS 2023
Saturday May 20, 2023 v Bowling Old Lane @ The Brit
A sunny day, a flat pitch, a quicker outfield, what more could a batter wish for. Certainly not to be run out, which was the fate of our opening pair! The innings then began to take shape with Bilal and Huzafa stabilising the situation before the partnership of Captain Adam Patrick and Mark Ferguson set the game alight with a stylish exhibition of boundaries and running between the wickets. Adam in particular took the eye with a parade of strokes from the coaching manual, rarely will he play better. Ferguson was fluent and a volley of shots quickly took him to 73 (7x4 & 2x6). The Captain (6x4 & 2x6) took us to 223, was it enough?
It proved to be so as all the bowlers chipped in with a wicket but Matthew Humpleby claimed 3 for 19 in his 8 overs with his off spin to clinch the points. Well bowled.
A good days League Cricket exemplified by the entire BOL team applauding Ferguson and Patrick as they left the field of play, top notch.
Well played Congs.
Saturday June 17, 2023 v Jer Lane @ Horton Bank Top
This was my first visit to Jer Lane CC, whose ground with its fast outfield, saw 464 runs scored despite each teams allocation of overs being reduced by 5 each due to RAIN. Jer lane have made a big impact in the Bradford, nay Yorkshire, cricketing scene and today I saw how!
A young Pudsey Congs side worked hard all the game but Arslam Mahmood had a field day with wickets and runs that is until Zac Stolarski and Mark Ferguson built a partnership of 68, Zac 43.Mark then violently took the initiative striking the ball to all parts of the district and beyond by scoring 122 in 72 balls well supported by Josh Simpson. 232 for 6 not bad.
Jer Lane started briskly and accelerated as Arslan and Umar Dawood played a succession of exciting shots in a partnership of 139. Ferguson broke the stand and took another wicket before Josh Chapman captured a caught behind but it was a tough day for our boys and they never gave up, but we were well beaten in the end.