Callum Geldart's fireworks light up Pudsey Congs' triumph in record-breaking T20 final

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CAMPERS arriving early for Bingley Music Live got some marvellous free entertainment at Wagon Lane.

Pudsey Congs’ Callum Geldart, who hit five sixes and 11 fours, became the first batsman to make a century in a JCT600 Bradford League Twenty20 final.

Geldart’s 114, which came off only 54 balls – aided by fellow opener Adam Patel’s 77 off 43, which contained six sixes and five fours – also spurred Congs to a record total for a final of 252-4.

Facing a score that easily bettered Pudsey St Lawrence’s 223-4 in the inaugural year of 2009, Woodlands needed some pyrotechnics from overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed, and he obliged for a while after Duncan Snell had made a half-century.

However, in much the same way as Cleckheaton in the Priestley Cup final last weekend, the Woodlands innings fizzled out for 187-7, leaving Congs as worthy 65-run winners of the Dyson Energy Services Twenty20 Cup.

It all added up to a 17th trophy for Congs’ Glenn Roberts, who, at 40, is swapping his whites for an umpire’s coat next season. The left-arm spinner said: “I came into a very good Congs side in 2000 and most of the senior players have now left and the wheel has gone full circle.

“Gareth Phillips is developing into a very good skipper, while Callum was imperious and should be playing at a higher level.

“Meanwhile, we are so happy to have Adam back at the club and his innings was a reminder that class is permanent.”

There was no man of the match trophy but Geldart would have been an obvious choice after dominating an opening stand of 198 for the 2012 winners that put Woodlands well and truly on the back foot.

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