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