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NatWest Club T20
Updated: Friday, January 1, 2016 23:01
LEAGUE CREST CONGS MARCH INTO REGIONAL FINAL
Callum Geldart
Opener Callum Geldart produced another strunning Twenty/20 innings .Picture: ©JCT600 Bradford League

 

ECB T20Pudsey Congs produced another good exhibition of Twenty/20 cricket as they won the Northern Area finals of the NatWest Club T20 competition at Undercliffe.

They will now play away to North East Premier League side Chester-le-Street in the Regional Final on August 16, and if they win they will secure a place in the finals day at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff on Tuesday, September 1.

Congs were beaten by Chester-le-Street at the same stage of the competition in 2013. Gareth Phillips and his young side would dearly love to put the record straight after making the last eight of the national competition.

REGIONAL FINALS
Ormskirk
v
Chester Broughton Hall
Chester le Street
v
Pudsey Congs
Bury St Edmonds
v
Ealing
Wimbledon
v
Exmouth
Ties to be played Sunday, August 16

They defeated the South Yorkshire League outfit Wickersley by 22 runs before defeating the Derbyshire Premier League side Ticknell by 28 runs in the final at Undercliffe.

Both performances reflected Congs' growing confidence in this format of the game. Put in to bat on damp wicket by Wickersley, Congs got off to an absolute flyer. Callum Geldart made his intentions clear by putting a dent in a slate on the roof of the Undercliffe pavilion after hitting the second delivery of the game from Ifty Afzal for six.

Congs raced to 60 in just five overs as Callum Geldart (25) and skipper Gareth Phillips (26) launched a flurry of aggressive strokes.

Wickersley didn't buckle and left-arm spinner Mo Ilyas slowed their progress with 1-12 in his four overs, while Matt Asher took 2-19. Joe Greaves ignored the clatter of wickets around him and finished unbeaten on 39 as Congs finished on 138-9,

Left-arm spinner Nick Lindley opened the bowling for Congs and removed opener Paul Lund with his first ball. With Phillips producing a decisive spell of 3-10, Wickersley were unable to build sufficient momentum and were dismissed for 116. Lindley finished with 3-26 and part-time off spinner Geldart (2-17).

The second semi-final saw Ticknell recover from losing opener Luke Harvey to the first ball of the game to post a daunting total of 224-1 against Lincolnshire Premier League side Bourne.

Tom Wood led the way with a stunning 147 not out from just 69 balls. He hammered 13 sixes and ten fours as he shared an unbroken stand of 224 with Derbyshire player Pau Borrington (68no).

Bourne made a spirited reply and scored 156. The highlight of their innings was a powerful 82 from Tom Dixon as they went down by 68 runs.

Congs opted to bat first in the final and were soon in trouble at 8-2. The situation didn't trouble their left-handed pener Geldart. The only man to have made a century in the final of the JCT600 Bradford League T20 rose to the challenge with another impressive innings.

He struck five sixes and eight fours in a thrilling 49-ball 80. Nick Lindley (31) shared a third-wicket stand of 109 for the third-wicket with Geldart. It was instrumental in helping Congs to post a score of 165-5.

There were concerns that it might not be a big enough total after Ticknell's semi-final batting heroics, but Congs were to get off to the best of starts. Dangerman Wood was dismissed by paceman James Pearson from the third ball of the innings.

Borrington remained a threat as he made a stylish 63, but Congs kept chipping away and taking wickets to maintain the pressure on their opponents.

Lindley again found the conditions to his liking as he returned figures of 4-1-16-2 while skipper Phillips was again the main wicket taker with 3-26 as Ticknall finished on 137-9 to leave Congs the victors by 28 runs.

SCORECARDS
Pudsey Congs v Wickersley
Ticknell v Bourne
Pudsey Congs v Ticknell

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