Cup gives Congs chance of glory

Congs wicket-keeper Andy Bairstow is expecting a good test at Undercliffe

Congs wicket-keeper Andy Bairstow is expecting a good test at Undercliffe

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Having been used to seeing them fighting for honours, it still involves a double take now that Pudsey Congs are bottom of JCT600 Bradford League Division One.

With only Babar Butt, Glenn Roberts and Andy Bairstow left of the old guard that took them to six Division One titles, five Priestley Cups and four Yorkshire Champions' Trophy victories, Congs host Bradford & Bingley tomorrow.

On Sunday, however, Congs have the opportunity to reach the semi-finals of the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup when they travel to Undercliffe, the only Division Two survivors.

Bairstow said: "They have some good players, but so do we, and it should be a decent match.

"We are a young side on a learning curve but we have been short by 20 to 30 runs sometimes, which can be massive when you are short of a bowler.

"Our bowling has been limited, with Basil Akram not featuring much and Glenn Roberts being restricted by work commitments."

In other third-round ties, East Bierley - also in need of a boost after a disappointing league start - are at Bingley, and league champions Cleckheaton host Hanging Heaton, who tend to be at their best in knockout competitions.

The tie of the round, however, is at Albert Terrace, where leaders Woodlands host third-placed Pudsey St Lawrence.

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