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NatWest Club T20
Updated: Friday, January 1, 2016 22:56
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LEAGUE CREST REGIONAL FINAL
Anmdrew Bairstow
Big-hitting Andrew Bairstow smashed 34 in the final over of the stunning Pudsey Congs innings
©Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League

 

ECB T20Pudsey Congs produced a stunning batting performance as they clinched their place in the

Callum Geldart
Callum Geldart made a superb 111

NatWest Club T20 finals day with a crushing 97-run win over Chester-le-Street.

They will line-up against the other three regional winners, Ealing, Chester Boughton Hall and Exmouth at Cardiff's Swalec Stadium on Tuesday, September 1.

They are the first JCT600 Bradford League club to have reached the last four and the manner of their victory over a side which had beaten them at the Regional Final stage two years ago, was worthy of the highest praise.

Leading the way was their opening batsman Callum Geldart. Last year he became the first player ever to make a century in the league's own T20 final when he scored 114 against Woodlands, and he produced another brilliant T20 innings as he made 111.

He made his runs from 62 balls, hammering four sixes and 15 fours, but he was by by no means the only player producing fireworks. Skipper Gareth Phillips raced to 55 from just 23 balls - three sixes and seven four - but that was nothing compared with the furious finale from Andrew Bairstow.

He simply destroyed the bowling as he made 53 from just 16 balls - 34 of those runs coming in the final over of the innings when he hit five sixes and a four to push the Congs' total to an amazing 250-5. Bairstow's innings included six sixes and three fours.

Faced with such a big total, Chester-le-Street needed a flying start but they were denied it as paceman James Pearson struck early to remove opener Andrew Smith.

Mark Turner (64) and Simon Birtwhistle (53) tried to take pick up the tempo of their side's innings, but the Congs bowlers were in no mood to allow their team's excellent batting performance to go to waste.

It was that man Geldart, with his gentle off spin, who removed Turner and Birtwhistle in quick succession as Congs tightened their grip.

Geldart finished with 3-22, figures that were betterd by Pearson (3-18) as Congs restricted their opponents to 153-7. The 97-run margin of victory reflected Congs dominance,

Now they will be wanting to make their mark on the national stage as they fly the flag for the JCT600 Bradford League.

Scorecards from the other Regional Finals
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