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Babar Butt gives thumbs up to national Twenty20 Cup
Pudsey Congs, who won a record-equalling five successive JCT600 Bradford League titles from 2000-04 and have triumphed nationally at indoor six-side, are still setting trends.
On Sunday, they play Chester-le-Street away in the Northern Regional final of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s T20 Cup (1.00).
And Congs’ seasoned campaigner Babar Butt is encouraging future Bradford League Twenty20 Cup winners to embrace the new competition.
All-rounder Butt said: “Not only is it a chance to represent Bradford in a national competition, you are also representing the Bradford League, which is seen as one of the best leagues in the country.
“You also get to meet different people and go to different grounds and without a doubt I would encourage other clubs to enter.
“But I would go even further. If the competition organisers agreed, I would allow both Dyson Energy Services Twenty20 finalists to enter.”
Congs, who qualifed by winning the 2012 Bradford League Twenty20 final, came through the regional semi-final at Clifton Park and Butt was clearly delighted with his day out in York.
He said: “It was wonderful. I had eight great years in the Yorkshire League and it was marvellous to play there again and meet old friends.”
Butt took 2-17 and Eugene Burzler 3-34 as Lincolnshire Senior League side Bourne made 157-6, Congs winning by five wickets with 3.1 overs to spare thanks to 65 by Callum Geldart off 47 balls and an unbeaten 33 by Andrew Bairstow.
Congs then made 175-7 against Driffield, Nick Lindley hitting 47, Bairstow 31 and Geldart 29, before the Yorkshire League side were restricted to 138-9, Burzler taking 3-25, Glenn Roberts 2-25 and Butt 2-34.
“It was nice to contribute,” said Butt. “We don’t know much about Chester-le-Street, apart from that they have reached the final twice, so they must be decent.”
As for the league, Congs, who host Manningham Mills on Saturday, are fifth with 214 points.
“If we win our last three matches, I would like to think that we can finish above Woodlands in third,” said Butt.
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