Pudsey Congs complete the set after victory in Heavy Woollen Cup

Pudsey Congs complete the set after victory in Heavy Woollen Cup

Left-arm spinner Glenn Roberts has featured in 16 of Pudsey Congs' 17 trophy wins since 2000

Pudsey Congs' Mustafa Rafique bowls to Connor Harvey

Pudsey Congs skipper Gareth Phillips, seen bowling to Tim Walton, picked up his first piece of silverware

Townville's Connor Harvey looks to the heavens after hitting a skier

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PUDSEY Congs have completed their full set of silverware.

They have won the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup for the first time after defeating Townville by five wickets at Spen Victoria.

It was Congs' 17th trophy since 2000 – a haul which also includes a hatful of Bradford League titles, the Priestley Cup and Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy – and it was fitting that Babar Butt, who has played in every one of them, was at the wicket when victory was achieved.

If 48-year-old Butt decides to follow the example of his team-mate Glenn Roberts – who is to retire at the end of the season after featuring in 16 of his club's triumphs – then this was an apt way to bow out.

Roberts said he was determined to enjoy his last game at Spen Victoria, where he spent two seasons earlier in his career, and he did just that.

He took 4-37 with his left-arm spin to help restrict the Central Yorkshire League champions to 226-9 when they had looked set for a bigger score.

While it was natural that the focus was on Congs' old guard, it was fitting that two of their young guns powered them to victory and provided captain Gareth Phillips with his first trophy.

Callum Geldart, back at Spen Lane where he cut his Bradford League teeth as a 14-year-old eight years ago, showed his quality with a superb innings of 102.

The left-handed opener struck three sixes and 14 fours and was joined in a third-wicket stand of 106 by Joe Greaves (46).

They didn't quite see the job through but they did provide the chance for two of Congs' loyal-servants, Andrew Bairstow and Butt, to get them over the line with five overs to spare.

For Townville, defeat came just a week after they were beaten in the semi-finals of the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy by Elsecar.

It was clear that they were determined to try and put that loss behind them as opener Jason Booth (42) gave them a brisk start.

Kevin Ward worked hard in the middle of the innings and reached a deserved half-century before being bowled by paceman James Pearson.

With Roberts weaving his magic, Townville lost wickets and momentum at just the point when they wanted to kick on. It proved a decisive phase of the game and Congs took full advantage.

JCT600 Bradford League chief executive David Young congratulated the winners, saying: "Congs have again produced a performance which reflects great credit on themselves and our league.

"They were playing a good Townville side and I am sure they will savour winning the one cup that was missing from their collection."

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