Aug 14, 2022

A Saturday summary, August 13th, 2022

Another hat trick, not an individual, but three victorious teams marching on to two possible promotions and one winning an exciting game to consolidate their position in the Premier Division.

A thumping victory over low-key Wrenthorpe provided a run feast as Oliver and Mahmood put on a first wicket partnership of 177, Callum finishing on 103 and Sabir 79. This good base allowed freedom for Captain Jubb to make 63 in a hurry and Yohan Mendis to play his full range of shots in a 40 ball not out knock of 65, quality.


Jamie Allen took the first wicket and Adam Pearson then took 3 for 20 in 8 overs of tight seam bowling, excellent on this perfect batting pitch. Left arm spinner Sam Wisniewski took control to capture 5 for 40 in 11.5 overs to extend his position of leading wicket taker in our Division, good news.

At Batley, seamers Stanhope, 5 for 37 and Patrick 3 for 53, restricted the home team to 175 before Hassan Butt 68 continued his fine batting form. Joe Stolarski 38 and brother Zak 36, all contributed to a five wicket victory. A good job well done (executed in todays parlance).

Two questions are:

1 - is 341 Congs highest first team Bradford League score?

2 - When, if ever, did three members of the same family play in a league team before today?


Answers on a postcard to Glen Duffield!  


Ralph W Middlebrook


Pudsey Congs Cricket Club


July 30, 2022

A Trip around the grounds - Saturday July 30th

Just as our excellent groundsman, Graham Curtis, decided to take a well earned break it decided to rain! However this brought the best out of our members as half a dozen or so got stuck in at Intake Road and we were pleased to get play underway promptly and delighted as we achieved 3 top results.

Division C leaders, Pudsey Congs, trounced Cookridge at Redrow Park as chairman Neil Humpleby ploughed a lonely furrow as the only scorer but was delighted to register an opening partnership of 133 between Evan Kettlewell 66 and Dan Metcalfe 70, on a pitch that demanded care and attention and in particular, patience. 214 was too much for the home team as Harry Jackson 3 for 19 and Captain Matthew Humpleby, 3 for 15 demolished Cookridge for 79.

At Morley, rain did affect the game which left Macauley Gaunt’s team to score 134 in 40 overs which was duly achieved by Hassan Butt,59 not out (7x4) and Ayaan Khokhar 44 not out (3x4,2x6). Bilal Butt had a good game with runs and wickets to his name. Pick of the bowlers looked to be Adam Patrick with 15 miserly overs for 39.

Our first eleven, third in the table, tackled Morley on another blameless pitch with Vinit Patel leading the way with 4 for 44 in 11 quick overs. Division 1 highest wicket taker Sam Wisniewski added 2 more in a good 11 over spell as Congs plugged away to restrict the visitors to 203. The game lost one over due to rain but had little effect on our reply which was based on a solid opening partnership of 64 by Callum Oliver and Sabir Mahmood. Josh Bennett increased the scoring rate in another often undervalued performance before Rishi Chopra lit up the game with a terrific knock of 46 not out in 39 deliveries (6x4,1x6).

Whilst throughout all this excitement and nervous energy being spent by the home supporters, Captain Richard Jubb calmly held the innings together. Batting at number three, he remained stoicly in charge of his game and the reward of winning points was his and our reward.


Ralph W Middlebrook


Pudsey Congs Cricket Club