May 28, 2020

No domestic cricket before August 1st

The recreational game remains suspended except for the use of outdoor cricket facilities to undertake exercise.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can today confirm a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no domestic cricket to be played before 1 August.

The specifics of the season remain subject to ongoing advice from UK Government and health experts, but the ambition remains to host domestic men's and women's cricket across England and Wales later this summer.

The Professional Game Group (PGG) will look to outline a number of opportunities for domestic play, which will be presented to the ECB Board in June. These plans include a number of options for both red-ball and white-ball cricket including matches played at all First Class Grounds, the use of a regional group model as well as consideration for matches played behind closed doors or with a limited number of supporters while strictly adhering to Government guidance on social distancing. The working group is also exploring options where non-televised games can be live streamed for members and supporters.


As the ongoing COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, these scenarios will be worked on and assessed. Learnings from the return-to-training programmes for England Men’s players will be incorporated, in addition to those sourced from any international matches played behind closed doors.


The recreational game currently remains suspended until further notice – with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise. The ECB will seek to progress discussions with the UK Government to begin mapping out a return, including the potential for an earlier return of junior cricket.


"We remain hopeful of seeing both domestic and recreational cricket this season and planning with the PGG has allowed us to map a number of potential scenarios for domestic play.” ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “Naturally we want to see cricket being played at every level. We remain hopeful of seeing both domestic and recreational cricket this season and planning with the PGG has allowed us to map a number of potential scenarios for domestic play. “While traditional formats of our competitions are the preference, we are not against exploring the unorthodox to ensure that we can return our players to the field. “That can only happen though when it is safe, and we have said throughout this crisis that the safety and well-being of everyone involved in the game is our key priority. “We have learned a lot and continue to learn about the safety protocols that would need to be in place to stage international cricket behind closed doors in this environment and those protocols will also need to apply to the domestic game. “Across the recreational game it has been heart-warming to hear of clubs where players have returned to the nets. As children start returning to school in the coming weeks, we look forward to exploring how those guidelines and learnings can be deployed for cricket. This can then see the recreational game continue its phased return as soon as we have Government approval.”

May 15, 2020

ECB issues guidance for outdoor practices

The ECB have today issued detailed guidance for clubs on the return to use of cricket grounds for outdoor practice.

It is specifically aimed at one-to-one net practice and follows the Government's changes to its advice regarding sport and physical activity.

The ECB document outlines the measures that clubs must take if they are allow net practice at their ground while the suspension of all recreational cricket activity remains in place.


In the email sent to all clubs via Play Cricket they say: "ECB is clear that outdoor facilities should only reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance: no club should reopen their outdoor facilities if they feel unable to meet the requirements."


They also reaffirmed the current position regarding the playing of cricket. "ECB maintains the position that all recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice, with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise as set out in our detailed guidance document.

"Our primary and ongoing goal is to protect the health of everyone in and around the game.

"The adjusted lockdown restrictions provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise."

Summary of guidelines for outdoor cricket facilities use 

  1. You can exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping two metres apart at all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.

  2. Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).

  3. Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.

  4. Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.

  5. Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use.

  6. Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided.

  7. No indoor activity at all.

  8. We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.

  9. No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.

  10. Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.


For clubs, you will need to have the following in place:

  • Properly maintained facilities.

  • booking system for outdoor space or other means to manage access and demand.

  • The capability to advise individuals when booking to check for symptoms of COVID-19 and in turn to advise individuals when booking that - in line with current Government guidance - if they are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if they are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, they should remain at home and follow Government guidance.

  • A sanitation procedure between use/bookings.

  • A representative of the club on site during the hours that the outdoor facilities are open for use.

  • Closed signs should be displayed when facilities are not open (including where a club does not wish to or is not ready to reopen) to deter use by general public particularly where there is open access.

  • Updated signage and access points. 


Need to:

  • Seek confirmation from the club that it has reopened and make a booking.

  • Check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current Government guidance, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you should remain at home and follow Government guidance.

  • Avoid public transport if at all possible.

Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League chairman David Young said: "It is important that clubs read the document carefully and follow the ECB advice if they decide that they wish to allow net practice at their ground. This is a decision which each club must consider for themselves. They must be mindful of the responsibilities outlined in the advice as the health and safety of everybody has to be the number one priority."

Apr 24, 2020

ECB extends Recreational Cricket Delay

The ECB have today announced that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least July 1 and that the suspension of recreational cricket due to the COVID-19 pandemic will remain in place until further notice.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the ECB board yesterday, who say that the season remains subject to ongoing advice from Government and Health experts. It means that all Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League matches up to the end of June have been cancelled.

League officials revealed in last week's newsletter to clubs that they have a number of fixture models for July and August starts and will continue to refine these. It is the league's aim to provide a guaranteed amount of competitive cricket to all clubs if and when the Government's Health Officials and ECB deem it safe to do so.

Mar 21, 2020

League contingency plan moves to next stage 

Following tonight’s statement from ECB that there will be no First Class cricket before May 28, the league has moved to Stage Two of its contingency plan.

That means all meetings cancelled and no cricket in April. I must add that I expect that there will be no cricket in May either.

In a letter to all clubs, chairman David Young said : "We will continue to review the situation on a daily basis.

"Our aim is to have cricket as soon as possible and go this end we will continue to plan for all scenarios.

"Following tonight’s announcement from the Prime Minister we are aware that bars will now close and this will put increased stress on clubs finances. 

"I am pleased to announce two pieces of financial assistance. Firstly, the league will not be imposing an annual subscription charge of £50 this year and the Yorkshire Cricket Board is removing its deadline for Club Affiliation.


"Due to the rapidly developing situation, the YCB will review the issue of subscriptions and may set a new time frame when the picture becomes clearer.  In view of the YCB announcement there are two options:

1) If you have already paid you can claim a full refund for your league subs and YCB affiliation fee by emailing your club’s bank details to  and Mick Varley will transfer the money back into your account.

2) If you haven’t already paid you have no need to take any action.


"We hope the two measures will assist with club cash flows at this testing time.

"Finally please make sure that you are up to date with the government’s assistance packages as you should be eligible for a 100% reduction in business rates and possibly an assistance grant. "


Click here for more information


Sport England are also providing regular information for clubs through their website.

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Mar 18, 2020

ECB Statement, suspension of recreational cricket activity

Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended. This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.

Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.

Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.

It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.

Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.

We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.

We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time."

Mar 18, 2020

Bradford League reveals its contingency plans after ECB suspends recreational cricket

Following the ECB's announcement regarding the suspension of all recreational cricket activity, the Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League has written to all clubs outlining its contingency plans during the Coronavirus outbreak.

League chairman David Young has set out the Three Stage plan which is being constantly evaluated in the light of the latest Government and ECB advice.

He said: "It is important that clubs know that our absolute priority is the health and welfare of everybody in the Bradford Premier League community, our players, officials, umpires, scorers, groundsmen, tea ladies, volunteers and supporters.


"These are unprecedented times and we appreciate the challenges facing our clubs and as a league we will  do all we can by putting in the hard work and planning that is going to be needed in the coming weeks."


Here in full is the text of David Young's letter sent to all clubs.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Since our statement on Sunday things have escalated rapidly, and it would appear they are likely to continue on that trajectory over the next few days and weeks in these most uncertain of times. I therefore think it appropriate to share the Management Board’s longer term contingency plans with all our clubs at this point.

Prior to receipt, this afternoon, of the ECB communication we prepared a strategy for the Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League, signposted by various stages, that is designed to avoid knee-jerk reactions and allow us breathing space to consider things rationally as they develop.

The strategy outlined is intended to be fluid and based on seeking to secure as much cricket as possible, but doing so on an informed basis, in a timely manner, with as much expert information to hand as possible and having the health and wellbeing of our clubs, players and officials as the main priority.

It should be stressed that simply because we have, at present, outlined three stages it does not mean each one will be implemented – indeed the exact structure of each stage is not set in stone and can be amended if circumstances allow.

For simplicity the current strategy is broken down into two stages as follows:

Stage 2 (Effective March 21, 2020)
Postponing April’s fixtures and possibly moving them to later in the season. This stage would allow us time to see how things develop and place us in a position to make further informed decisions.

Stage 3

If we are unable to reinstate cricket during May/June it may be necessary to cancel the fixtures for the first half of the season and just play the second half. This would effectively mean perhaps not playing until the beginning of July. If this became a reality then we would have to consider if the competitions can be treated as competitive with promotion and relegation implications.

If this stage was actioned then we may also have to make amendments to cup competitions. We realise there may be some clubs who would be unable to field all their teams – that bridge to be crossed, in consultation with clubs, if we ever consider moving to this stage.

The advantage of invoking this stage would be that we buy some more time to assess the situation as we move through spring into summer when the epidemic is now being forecast to peak.

I want, once again, to stress that these stages are not set in stone, but they give us a reasonable template for action, with flexibility built in, to amend if circumstances dictate or allow.

We believe this plan gives us the time to consider each phase of the epidemic as it progresses, make decisions based on fact and is, at present, a structured approach to the current unprecedented situation. It is also, hopefully a helpful guide to our clubs. It would be the intention to try and keep you abreast of material developments, if and when they occur, including any further advice from the Governing Bodies.

During the last few days Board members have been contacted regarding advice in respect of overseas cricketers. This is, again, a complex subject not least the process to be followed when applying the timescales set out on the relevant visa e.g. collecting the Biometric Visa from the nominated post office within one month of arrival.

The advice just issued by the ECB is:

The Government advises UK citizens against non-essential travel anywhere in the world until further notice. For any club with questions or concerns about currently contracted Overseas Players they should speak to the Agent, their legal representative and their committee before deciding on the next course of action.

Unfortunately the decision and risk for the player travelling, not withstanding current Government travel restrictions, is the Club’s responsibility. As usual Brian Pearson has agreed to provide, without prejudice, the best advice possible and can be contacted, by mobile, on 07867 780678.

Whilst I realise there will be many unanswered questions arising from this guidance we fully understand the concerns all our clubs have at the moment and if there are any issues arising out of this briefing that requires clarification please contact the League Secretary who will collate questions and email responses to all clubs. (by email at please).

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 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.

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

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