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Updated: Friday, January 1, 2016 16:28
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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By Reg Nelson

Pudsey Congs won the Heavy Woollen Cup at Spen Victoria yesterday against their Central Yorkshire League opponents Townville with a degree of comfort.

The victory was built on a brilliant century by Man of the Match Callum Geldart after the Congs were set a target of 226. He stroked 14 fours and 3 sixes in his 102 from 109 balls and led his side to a five-wicket victory.

Townville won the toss and elected to bat and took advantage of some early wayward bowling by James Pearson who’s

Glenn Roberts
Glenn Roberts during his key spell of spin bowling
The crowd at Spen Victoria enjoyed the action

first over contained four full tosses. In contrast, 16-year old seamer Mustafa Rafique tied the openers down as Congs sought their first wicket.

When Mubtada Akhtar replaced Pearson he dismissed Matthew Bremner for seven, but the scoring rate was impressive with left hander Jonathan Booth scoring runs quickly from both sides of the wicket. He formed a damaging partnership with former county batter Tim Walton which seemed to be taking the match away from the Congs.

Part time bowler Gareth Phillips managed to lure Booth (42) into a mistimed shot that was caught by Akhtar to take the score to 73-2, but Walton and Jack Hughes motored on to an impressive 100-2 at the 25 overs stage. The wicket was playing well and a score of 250-275 was well in range of Townville at this stage.

The introduction of left-arm spinner Glenn Roberts had an immediate slowing down of the scoring and when he trapped danger man Walton lbw for 36 with the score on 102 Congs came back into the game.

It could have been much better for the Congs if Pearson had caught a straight-forward catch from nymber fivebatsman Kristian Ward when he was on 12. Ward capitalised on this life in making 50, and with Hughes scoring a cameo of 18 the Townville total looked ever promising.

Roberts and Phillips gave little away with the ball and when the former accounted for Nick Bresnan (2), Ritchie Bresnan (10) and Page (10), Townville failed to press home their half-way advantage. A late surge took the score to 226-9, but it could have been much worse for the Congs.

Pearson redeemed himself with two late wickets of Ward (50) and Conor Harvey (28), but the pick of the bowlers was Glenn Roberts again. His ten overs cost 37 runs but he was the catalyst for a mid-innings collapse in a fine spell which reaped four wickets.

Phillips military-medium pacers only cost him 24 runs for one wicket in his ten overs, while Rafique’s second spell was more costly than his first in finishing with 1-42 off nine overs. Akhtar’s five overs resulted in 1-16.

Geldart began the Congs reply with early boundaries, but lost his partner Nick Lindley at 19 caught behind off Woolsey for one. Adam Patel joined Geldart at the crease and played with confidence hitting a straight six off Woolsey. However, his old failing of being dismissed when set struck again as he played a careless shot off Nick Bresnan to mid-on to be out for 19 with the score at 73.  

Joe Greaves came in at No.4 and worked hard to stifle his natural aggression while Geldart continued to play with great fluency. Townville’s seamers made little impact on this partnership, but left-arm spinner Jack Hughes proved to be very difficult to get away.
At the 25-over stage the Congs were 105-2 and well in control with Greaves finding his stroke range. He hit two massive sixes and seemed to be destined for a half-century before miscuing one to Booth off the bowling of Nick Bresnan for a priceless 46.   

This stand was worth 106 runs and put the Congs into a good position at 161-3 with little more than three an over required. They lost Phillips for 11 at 188, and Geldart for 102 at 198-5, but it was predictable that old-stagers Barbar Butt (10no) and Andrew Bairstow (22no) would carefully nudge them over the line which they did with five overs to go.

Although Nick Bresnan was the most successful bowler with 3-65 from 10 overs, Jack Hughes presented the most problems for the Congs batsmen in a spell of 1-25 in ten overs. Richie Bresnan was less successful with 0-45 from eight overs.

The presence of Yorkshire and England Test bowler Tim Bresnan in the crowd failed to inspire Townville to victory but they can now concentrate with battling Methley for the title at the top of the Central Yorkshire League.

For the Congs this was a historic victory enabling them to complete the full set of trophies available to them since the turn of the century.

This was the second successive season that a Bradford League club has held the Heavy Woollen Cup after five years of dominance from Wrenthorpe.

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