One-time Bradford League champions Pudsey Congs are celebrating after winning the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup for the first time.
It is the 17th trophy Congs have won since 2000, including six Bradford League First Division titles, five of them in a row between 2000 and 2004 and six Priestley Cups.
They beat Central Yorkshire League champions Townville by five wickets in the final at Spen Victoria and it was fitting that batsman Barbar Butt, who has played his part in everyone of those trophy triumphs was at the wicket when the winning runs were scored.
Another loyal Pudsey Congs servant, slow left-arm bowler Glenn Roberts, who has been in 16 of those trophy-winning sides, also played a key role. Roberts, who is retiring at the end of the season to take up umpiring, took four for 37 in his 10 overs to help restrict Townville to 226 for nine while Australian pace bowler James Pearson took two for 59.
Opener Jonathan Booth gave Townville a good start with 42, including nine fours while Kristian Ward made 50 and Tim Walton 36, but they were pegged back by the Pudsey Congs bowlers.
Congs’ victory bid was led by opener Callum Geldart, who struck three sixes and 14 fours in his 102 and shared a third-wicket stand of 106 with Joe Greaves, who made 46.
However, they were out before the end leaving Barbar Butt and another Congs stalwart, wicket-keeper Andrew Bairstow to score the winning runs with five overs to spare.
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