Feb 27, 2020
Junior Section Meeting
A Junior Meeting will be held at the club on Thursday February 27th for parents & players to outline the plans for 2020 Season.
The meeting will commence at 7.30pm and all old & new players/parents are welcome to attend.
Jan 27, 2020
Sharma is on his way to Wrenthorpe CC
All rounder Vikram has signed for Wrenthorpe in a move to improve and hone his considerable skills in the Premier division. Whilst never in a position to shine as a quick bowler, his elegant and stylish batting, much admired, will be missed. Vikram played several quality innings for Pudsey Congs and conducted himself at all times in a true sporting manner.
He leaves with our very best wishes.
Ralph W Middlebrook
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club
Jan 19, 2020
Congs Sign Chopra from Adel CC
CHOP CHOP - Congs waste no time with 5th new signing!!!
Pudsey Congs are pleased to announce the signing of 24yo Rishi Chopra from Adel C.C.
Rishi has represented Cricket Ireland at age-group level and played with the North West Warriors in Ireland’s Inter-Prov T20 Comp. Talented in all 3 facets of the game, Rishi will come in to side to bat in the middle order and offer further options in the spin department for 1st XI Captain Richard Jubb.
Everyone at the Amber Cars Britannia Cricket Ground wishes Rishi all the best for the 2020 season.
Jan 14, 2020
Senior Indoor Winter Nets 2020
Indoor nets commence on the following dates:
Friday March 6th
Friday March 13th
Friday March 20th
Friday March 27th
6.00pm to 7.30pm
All new & old players welcome to join us at the Cricademia, Broad Lane, LS13
Pre Season Fitness & Fielding Sessions
Open to all senior squads
1st XI mandatory..................
Phoenix Park, Gallagher Leisure Park, Dick Lane, Thornbury, BD3 7AT
Thursday February 27th, 7pm - 8pm
Pre Season Net Sessions - 1st XI Squad
Woodlands Cricket Club Sports Hall
Albert Terrace, Oakenshaw, Bradford BD12 7AX
Tuesday March 3rd, 9pm-10pm
Tuesday March 10th, 9pm-10pm
Tuesday March 17th, 9pm-10pm
Tuesday March 24th, 9pm-10pm
Tuesday March 31st, 9pm-10pm
Jan 2, 2020
Top 10 reasons for getting out, remind you of anyone at our Club?
Losing face after losing your wicket: Top Ten
There are many ways to get out in cricket – ten to be precise – and there are just as many archaic excuses for losing your wicket.
Those who play cricket will be accustomed to departing batsmen barking their way back to the pavilion, and there’s always that clubbie who has never rightfully been adjudged lbw – routinely robbed, blissfully unaware of their frailties.
We’ve come up with the top ten excuses for getting out in club cricket. Why not share with your teammates, especially those who are particularly prickly when they’ve been given the finger. Which ones are your go-to excuses for losing your wicket?
1. “Well, that’s the way I play” - “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” So said Marilyn Monroe, who
unwittingly provided a convenient ethos to village sloggers across the land. He’s on a crusade to make cricket sexy again – that’s the only staunch defence he owns – which can only partly conceal his inability to apply himself mentally to any situation. You keep slogging away, champ – we’ll do the donkey work. Maybe we’re being a tad harsh. Perhaps we should listen to Marilyn’s vindication: “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” We just wish we saw your best more than twice a season.
2. "Triggered… again!” - Granted, it wasn’t the plummest of dismissals – not that we had a great view from outside the deep-midwicket boundary – but there’s a bit of a pattern forming here, chum. You’ve been out lbw five times in the last six weeks – four of those given by your own umpire. So rather than blaming the inadequacies of those in the white coat, how about not trying to work straight balls through leg? It’s just a suggestion; we’ll talk later when you’ve had a chance to calm down.
3. "It did all sorts” - “That would have got Steve Smith out”. Yeah, it really wouldn’t have. It may have hit the top of off, but you left a massive gap between bat and pad and played down the wrong line. There’s a reason you bat at eight – and you’re lucky that nine, ten, jack are rabbits. Now get on the bowling machine and practice keeping out the straight one. It’s a useful skill to have.
4. “It was written in the stars” - “I just knew I’d get a duck today… knew it.” They got out the wrong side of the bed, dropped a dolly in the warm-up, missed their pre-match bacon buttie, and couldn’t recall which pad went on first. To be fair, we’re amazed they even made it to the crease.
5. “Thought I’d give others a go” - You really do have a heart of gold, giving your wicket away in a winning cause so yours truly has the thankless task of entering the battleground with eight runs to win, as one endeavours to keep one’s average north of 20. There’s a beer with your name on it… only we won’t be paying. Turns out our whip isn’t as generous as your batting.
6. “I’m rusty as duck” - You do know that if you never train then it’s likely to stay that way? Look, we know you do a tidy impersonation of a cricketer – tucked-in shirt, beach-blond hair, sweatband, Aero all-in-one thigh guard – but you’re averaging eight. We know your ego will take a dive, but you’re in the threes next week… at least until the inevitable Friday night drop-out when we’ll come begging again.
7. “How can I take that bowling seriously?” - You’re right, you’re above this. To be fair, the bowler was honoured that you even offered half a stroke at that one. After all, you’re used to facing 75mph, not this dob. Why should you try to play yourself in? Why should you attempt to outsmart the bowler you clearly think is a half-wit? Why should you strive to win us this game? You need to get out cheaply, get in that bar and tell us about how good you were when you were playing first-team cricket five years ago. And us? We’ll hang on every word. We’re just honoured to share a beer and a club crest with you.
8. “Too hungover” - You’ve turned up half-cut again. You’re 18 years old – why are you wasting away your life with tequila shots and dancefloors on a Friday night when you should be resting up for match-day? You can’t bat hungover – that 63 not out last week was a fluke. Where do your loyalties lie, son? You need to get your act together – this isn’t Mickey Mouse cricket. What do you mean you quit?
9. “I just need a bit of luck” - You’re an absolute gun in the nets on a Thursday night, hitting first-team speedsters back over their heads. So what happens between then and Saturday lunchtime? You’ve all the signs of a delicious technique – an authoritative stance and trigger movement, expansive leave and a cover-drive that hides a thousand sins. You stride out there bedecked in the armoury of war – luminous bat stickers, club crest stitched on the helmet, tattoo on the forearm. When your middle stump is castled, the oppo rejoice after claiming what they think is the big wicket. You just need a knock; you’re a class act; a score’s just around the corner… we’ve been saying for three seasons since your last fifty.
10. “The pitch got me out” - Sorry you’re not playing on a snooker table at Lord’s, mate. OK, the pitch does merge into the outfield, there’s a dry cat’s turd on a length and “a bit in it” for the bowlers, but there’s been 500 runs scored today. I think you owe our voluntary groundsman an apology after that outburst, don’t you? Oh, and as you got the lowest score today, collect the match fees and boundary flags. Make ours a Peroni when you’re done, cheers.
Dec 2, 2019
Bradford League and Dales Council 2020 schedules are now online
Our Bradford League First and Second team fixtures plus the Dales Council Thirds are now online for 2020.
On Saturday April 18th, our 1st XI visit Highmoor Lane to take on Hartshead Moor, while our 2nds host Methley at the Brit. and the 3rds will face Baildon at Fulneck.
Please visit the appropriate fixture pages to view the complete season schedule.
Priestley Cup, Shield and T20 also online
Nov 19, 2019
Congs Plump for Pramud
Pudsey Congs are delighted to announce the signing of 24-year-old Sri Lankan all-rounder PRAMUD HETTIWATTE.
A talented spin-bowling all-rounder. Pramud, played in Sri Lanka’s Premier Tournament (Tier A) in 2018/19 and will ply his trade with Nugegoda CC during the 2019/20 season.
A huge, warm welcome from everyone at the Amber Cars Britannia Cricket ground. We look forward to seeing Deva showcase his skills in the BCL next summer.
Nov 1, 2019
Introducing your Captains for 2020
With Richard Jubb firmly entrenched as the First X1 Captain for the upcoming season, the Congs would like to confirm the return of these two fine leaders:
Paddy Power: Patrick to continue as 2nd XI Captain.
Pudsey Congs are delighted to announce that Adam
Patrick will continue in his role as 2nd XI Captain for
2020. Everyone at the club wishes Adam all the best
as he looks to help his team bounce straight back
into the Premier Division.
Go well AP.
Redders to stay on......
Pudsey Congs are pleased to announce that
Richard Edwards will once again lead the 3rd XI
in the Dales Council Cricket League. Richard worked tirelessly in 2019 to develop
our young cricketers at Fulneck, as many of them took their first steps into senior cricket.
Everyone at the club wishes Richard and his
team all the best for the upcoming season.
Well done from everyone at the Congs, Liam Stanhope
Oct 21, 2019
A few thoughts from our Club Chairman
2020 sees the return of Richard Jubb as Captain, in my view a terrific appointment and well played by the cricket group who have leapt into action immediately. Richard has chatted to many of our players outlining his expectations on availability, attendance at practice and fitness. Joining us at Intake Road alongside Richard is ECB coach Mark Harrison who will work at nets and fielding making sure every player will increase their potential. This is a first for us and is exciting news.
Adam Patrick will be returning as Second Team Captain and will play a full part in improving our many young players as they move into Bradford League action as well as continuing their development at Fulneck in the Dales Council League.
Our third Xl were the most successful outfit in 2019 and I see no reason why they and the Bradford League teams should not prosper in season 2020. Matthew Doidge once said you don’t win league titles with youngsters and I would agree, but with our young cricketers working harder and playing for our famous club and caring for the Club and it’s excellent cricket facilities,on and off the field, who knows what we might all achieve?
Fulneck School are committed to improve their cricketing facilities, with Macca Gaunt working on the square (plus advice from Graham) and the fabulous new pavilion,
should inspire us to continue to play to a new higher level of attainment.
The Amber Cars Britannia Ground still looks good in late October and paint plus new woodwork gives it a well polished appearance.
Kindest regards, Club Chairman, Ralph Middlebrook
Oct 15, 2019
Richard Jubb Appointed as Congs Leader for 2020
Pudsey Congs are delighted to announce that they welcome back Richard Jubb to the Amber Cars Britannia Ground as 1st XI captain, along with the exciting new appointment of Mark Harrison as 1st XI Coach to work alongside him.
Jubb returns to his home club after 11 years at recently promoted Morley CC. During his time at away from the Brit, he has been a mainstay in a Morley side which has enjoyed a number of recent successes. Honours include: a Championship winning campaign in 2015, a 20/20 Cup triumph in 2013, as well as enjoying promotion from BCL’s second tier in 2012 and 2019.
Harrison also joins from Morley following 2 years as head coach at the club. Mark brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles coaching with ProCoach, as Head Coach of BJCL Taverners teams and leading the Yorkshire County Age Group sides. Mark is currently working towards his ECB Level 3 coaching certification.
Both will be hoping to emulate the success they have had at Morley CC in recent years and all at Congs wish them both all the best for 2020 and beyond.