Bradford League: Powerhouse performance put Pudsey Congs back on track

A POWERHOUSE performance saw Pudsey Congs ease their ECB Bradford Premier Division drop fears with a comprehensive 103-run victory over faltering Cleckheaton.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 6:37 am
Callum Gildart

Congs’ win was anchored by a strong opening innings of 272-5 with Callum Geldart top-scoring with 65.

Replying, Gareth Phillips side then dismissed Cleck for 169, Geldart completing his good day with 3-21 as the Britannia Ground outfit inflicted a fourth successive defeat on the visitors.

Meanwhile at the top, there looks to be no stopping Congs’ town rivals Pudsey St Lawrence (222-6) who piled on more woe for Morley (196), who fell into the bottom two after their fifth straight loss.

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In mitigation, Morley did show spirit en route to defeat, James McNichol top-scoring with 61, with Steven Watts taking 4-40 for the winners.

St Lawrence earlier mustered 222-6, with David Nebard curtailing their progress with 4-62.

The leaders remain 26 points ahead of Hanging Heaton, who produced a confident 112-run win over Bradford and Bingley.

The irrepressible Gary Fellows hit a fine 101 for the Tewits to his seasonal run tally to an outstanding 956 – sharing in a dream opening stand worth 176 with Nick Connolly (76) in their side’s knock of 240-6.

Replying, B&B were chastened for 112, David Stiff wreaking havoc with 4-9, backed by Muhammed Rameez (3-30).

Farsley (144-5) are flying high in third after an accomplished five-wicket win over Woodlands (142-8).

Contributions for the Red Laners arrived from Mark Harrison (3-31), Chris Henry (3-340, James Pickles (52) and Dan Hodgson (39).

At the bottom, Scholes (150-8) were edged out by New Farnley (151-9), who are up to fourth.

Farnley’s best were Mark Lawson (51) and Lee Goddard, Mo Bilal taking 3-32.

Elsewhere, Luke Jarvis helped himself to 5-36 as East Bierley (151) narrowly overcame Lightcliffe (144) by seven runs.

Scholes remain at the foot of the table, 19 points behind Morley and 25 adrift of B&B. Congs are up to fourth from bottom.