Oct 26, 2020
Sam Wisniewski, one for the future
Pudsey Congs members and particularly players, were thrilled to watch on TV as Sam made his first team debut for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
Coming on to bowl in a T20 fixture against Lancashire at Headingley with two established batters going like the wind, his first over cost only 4 runs and attracted favourable comments from all and he made an immediate impact with his left arm unorthodox wrist spin.
Sam completed two overs and indeed played a second match at Old Trafford and later was awarded a further contract when the County Club announced their playing squad for 2021, good news.
Hailing from the Huddersfield area, renowned for left arm bowlers, he joined our Club at the age of 15 and has been supported and carefully managed via the second team and the Mid Yorkshire Sunday squad to become a first team regular. He has developed to the stage as the Captain’s "go to" bowler when the going gets tough and can be relied upon to be economical and to take wickets.
A top fielder with a safe pair of hands, he is a popular figure and a regular attendee at weekly net and training sessions. Sam has a burning desire to improve his game and he sets himself high standards and expects others to do the same. He reads the game situation well and is a astute judge of what is required during the course of the innings. Sam was appointed Captain of the County under 17 side in the National Competition and received plaudits for his handling of the team both in the one day format and the longer style games. He was not the only Pudsey Congs player on the field for his two outings as James Middlebrook by coincidence happened to be an umpire on both occasions.
Sam turned 19 in October 2020 and to bowl at Headingley and Old Trafford with the England Test Captain Joe Root by your side cannot be bad. He looked relaxed and calm in such good company.
Well supported by his family and possessing a deep drive to improve, I am and have been since I saw him bowl for the first time, convinced that he will continue to develop his all round skills and make a mark in our lovely sport at professional level.
Ralph W Middlebrook
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club
A Captain's Thoughts on the 2020 Season
Sept 22, 2020
The 2020 Cricket Season will go down as a special one. Not least for the era of hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes but for the success we had at Pudsey Congs. Entering 3 teams and fielding 33 players every week, in the context of previous campaigns, would have been an achievement in itself. But we finished with both 1st and 2nd teams as champions of their respective leagues. Outstanding.
First XI that took the field in the first league game of 2020 at home to Keighley retained only 5 players from the 2019 campaign. The XI that played on the 25th July had never taken the field together as a team and had an average age of 22. Despite this, the lads showed the experience and character of a team that had been together for years... recovering from 4 for 3 to chase 125 and win by 1 wicket. That win set us on our way and, although we would see another close chase or two before the season was done, the team went from strength to strength only losing a single game in the league cup.
Being honest, my approach to the T20 campaign was nothing more than a chance to get more cricket under our belts and see how my players fared against Premier League opposition. After a win against East Bierley we were defeated comprehensively by New Farnley, but learnt invaluable lessons which came in handy during the Pudsey Derby the following week. What a day for the club and the supporters! An incredible bowling and fielding display saw PSL bowled out for 71 and the chase was never in doubt (sort of). Although disappointed to lose narrowly to Bradford & Bingley in the Semi Final, again we took real positives in how we played and sought to learn from the experience.
We had earned our League Cup finals day away at Birstall and we saved our best game of cricket for the right time. A breathtaking knock from Jacob Slator (128) and a smart innings from Sabir Mahmood (57) saw us post 235 which proved too many for Birstall.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Pudsey Congs who gives up their time to make it possible for us to play the game. My players and I do not take it for granted and really appreciate your efforts.
I hope we can have some kind of presentation evening when possible. Keep smiling and see you all soon.
Pudsey Congs First XI Captain 2020