Bradford League: Congs kick-start campaign

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ON A GRAND weekend for Yorkshire, fast-improving Pudsey Congs had particular reason for cheer.

After a desperate first half of the campaign, Congs are starting to turn the corner and followed up Saturday’s Division One victory over Morley by booking themselves a place in the Heavy Woollen Cup final after hammering Kirkburton.

In the league, an impressive knock of 75 from Nick Lindley was the cornerstone of their narrow four-run success over Morley (227-8), which moved Congs out of the bottom two.

The Scatcherd Lane outfit pushed Congs, who opened with 231-5, hard, with Kashif Naveed (77), pictured, and Colin Nuthall (54no) catching the eye, but the hosts took the spoils. Propping up the table and 21 points adrift of safety are Yeadon (129-9), who suffered a disappointing 29-run loss to Bradford and Bingley (158) - despite the efforts of overseas man Elliott Herd (5-42).

Form side in the second tier are Hartshead Moor (135-3), up to fifth after a seven-wicket derby win over Brighouse (134-9), with Faraq Ul-Haq (60no) and Andrew Parratt (3-10) their best.

Level on points with Moor are Gomersal (255-8), who accounted for Baildon (185) by 70 runs. Adam Greenwood (65), Jonathan Boynton (50) and Jack Seddon (51) all struck half-centuries.

On Sunday, Congs booked their pace in the HW Cup final against Townville with a 207-run drubbing of Kirkburton.

It was a day to remember for Callum Geldart, who followed up his cracking 110 in Congs’ huge 352-8 with 3-33 as their opponents were all out for 145. Joining in the runs spree with Geldart was Lindley, who followed on from his knock on Saturday with 69. Replying, Iqbal Khan did his best for Kirkburton with 50, but it proved Congs’ day, Mustapha Rafique bagging 5-48. Congs will face CYL side Townville in the final at Spen Victoria CC on August 3.

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