Jonny Bairstow on the attack during his amazing innings against the JCT600s .Picture: ©JCT600 Bradford League
There has been a lot of praise on social media for last night’s exciting JCT600 Challenge Match between the JCT600s and the Yorkshire Vikings at Pudsey Congs.
Understandably the main topic of conversation was the magnificent innings from Jonny Bairstow of 141not out from 59 balls.
Cricket Yorkshire tweeted: “Who went along to watch a Jonny Bairstow masterclass at Congs last night? Strike rate off the chart.... #T20Vikings
Pudsey St Lawrence skipper James Smith, a member of the JCT600s side, responded: “ I had the pleasure of playing in the match and that innings was awesome. Sore neck this morning from looking up and long!”
The decision to peg admission prices at £3 and admitted under-11 for free meant that many youngsters witnessed a top class display which may well encourage them to play the game.
Mark Sugden tweeted: “It was quality to watch. Glad I took my three boys they were in awe of that knock #getskidsplaying #clas.
The man who delighted so many with his stunning innings was quick to praise the spectators who packed in to the Britannia Ground.
Jonny Bairstow said: “Thanks for the messages, tonight was great fun! Thanks to all that came and watched, fantastic to see int freeeeezing cold!
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie was full of praise too. He tweeted, thank you to @PudseyCongs for having us this evening. Thank you to the Bradford League for the game. #yccc
Jack Brooks, Yorlkshire’s opening bowler added: “Cheers to @PudseyCongs and the Bradford League team for last night’s practice!”
Paul Hutchison, who managed the JCT600s, said: “Special thanks to @bclcricket @jct600 @PudseyCongs @Yorkshireccc for supporting and arranging a great T20 match last night. #winners"
And the final word from the JCT600 Bradford League development officer Alan Birkinshaw: "Thank you to Yorkshire for giving us the upmost respect by fielding a stroing team, to Pudsey Congs for staging the match so well, to JCT600 for their sponsorship, to the spectators for turning up in such numbers and to our manager Paul Hutchison and his team who were a credit to our league.
"But the abiding memory for me, and I am sure everybody else, was to witness that magnificent innings from Jonny Bairstow. I hope that has inspired many of the youngsters who watched the match to want to play cricket."
What the papers said
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