Bradford League: Former champions Pudsey Congs are propping up the table

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CHAMPIONS for five years in a row from 2000-2004, Pudsey Congs have hit rock bottom.

The Britannia Ground outfit now find themselves propping up the rest in Division One after their rain-hit draw with neighbours Pudsey St Lawrence.

Opening, St Lawrence mustered 216-6 with Adam Waite, pictured, the pick of their batsmen with 68.

Replying, Congs were left marooned at 115-4 with 17 overs left, with Basil Akram unbeaten on 51.

In the second tier, the top two of Keighley and Undercliffe lost for the first time this term, while it was also a noteworthy day for Spen Victoria.

Spen (136) claimed their long overdue first win of 2014 with a welcome 30-run success over near-neighbours Gomersal (106).

Craig Woodhead (4-45), Rob Burton (3-19) and Abid Awan (3-25) did their bit with the ball, with Imran Patel topping their card with 42.

Chris Rhodes took a cracking 5-30 for Gomersal, with Greg Pickles (4-40) also having a good day.

The day was also a red-letter one for Spen’s Matt Garside, who passed 5,000 career runs in his score of 35.

Meanwhile, 2013 finalists Hanging Heaton have been handed a trip to champions Cleckheaton at Moorend in the quarter-finals of the Priestley Cup.

The encounter presents a chance of revenge for Cleck, who were beaten by the Tewits in round two last year.

The other stand-out last-eight tie sees Pudsey St Lawrence, beaten finalists in 2011, travel to Woodlands, who last won the cup in 2006.

Elsewhere, Pudsey Congs’ face a trip to second-tier side Undercliffe – who will be fancying their chances after knocking out top-flight opponents in Morley in the previous round.

East Bierley, winners in 2011 and 2012, go to Bradford & Bingley. All ties to be played on June 15.

England captain Joe Root, left, seen with Ben Stokes who returns to Test action this week (Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire).

Joe Root is facing up to the task of curbing Ben Stokes’s enthusiasm ahead of Test return