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Updated: Friday, January 1, 2016 16:27
Callum Geldart
Callum Geldart produced a match-winning century as Congs lifted the Heavy Woollen Cup for the first time
Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
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Pudsey Congs are celebrating after defeating Townville by five wickets at Spen Victoria to lift the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup for the first time.

It was the club's 17th trophy since 2000 and it was fitting that Babar Butt, who has played in every one of them, was at the wicket when victory was achieved.

Babar Butt
Babar Butt has featured in every Congs triumph
Glenn Roberts
Glenn Roberts produced another fine spell

If Butt, 48, decides to follow the example of his team-mate Glenn Roberts - who is to retire at the end of the season after featuring in 16 of his club's triumphs - then this will be a fitting way to bow out.

Roberts said he was determined to enjoy his last game at Spen Victoria where he spent two seasons earlier in his career and he did just that.

He took 4-37 with his left-arm spin to help restrict the Central Yorkshire League champions to 226-9 when they had looked set for a bigger score.

While it was natual that the focus was on Congs' 'old guard', it was fitting that two of their young guns powered them to victory. and provided captain Gareth Phillips with his first trophy.

Callum Geldart, back at Spen Lane where he cut his Bradford League teeth as a 14-year-old eight years ago, showed his quality with a superb innings of 102.

The left-handed opener struck three sixes and 14 fours and was joined in a third-wicket stand of 106 by Joe Greaves (46).

They didn't quite see the job through but they did provide the chance for two of Congs loyal-servants Andrew Bairstow and Butt to get them over the line with five overs to spare.

For Townville defeat came just a week after they were beaten in the semi-finals of the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy by Elsecar.

It was clear that they were determined to try and put that loss behind them as opener Jonathan Booth (42) gave them sa brisk start.

Kristian Ward worked hard in the middle of the innings and reached a deserved half-century before being bowled by paceman James Pearson.

With Roberts weaving his magic, Townville lost wickets and momentum at just the point when they wanted to kick on. It proved to be a decisive phase of the game and Congs took full advantage.

As Congs celebrated their latest triumph, JCT600 Bradford League chief executive, David Young, sent his congratulations.

He said: "Congs have again produced a performance which reflects great credit on themselves and our league.They were playing a good Townville side and I am sure they will savour winning the one cup that was missing from their collection."

Watch out for Reg Nelson's considered verdict on the Heavy Woollen Cup final - tonight
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