Two of Pudsey Congs’ most promising teenage batsmen powered their side to victory in the Gordon Rigg Division One League Cup final.
Seventeen-year-old opener Jacob Slator, pictured top, hit a stunning 128 and 14-year-old Sabir Mahmood made 57 as Congs made 235-4 on their way to an 83-run win at Birstall.
Slator, who hit four sixes and 15 fours, shared in a second wicket stand worth 158 with Mahmood, pictured below, as the teenage duo made the most of skipper Richard Jubb’s decision to bat first.
Birstall, whose best bowler was spinner Josh Haynes (3-33) knew they needed a good start if they were to challenge the Congs’ total, but they were soon in trouble at 28-3.
The opening attack of Vinit Patel (2-19) and Jamie Allen (1-16) set the tone for another disciplined Congs bowling performance.
Benedict Gundry (40) and skipper Nick Kaye (37no) attempted to revive their side’s fortunes, but that Slator had the final word with 3-30 on a day he will not forget in a hurry.
Pudsey Congs skipper Richard Jubb with the Division One Cup Pictures: Ray Spencer
Division One League Cup winners Pudsey Congs Picture: Ray Spencer
Jer Lane were indebted to their lower-order batsmen as they defeated Sandal by 52 runs in the Division Two final.
Jer Lane were in trouble at 91-6 before Amjid Khan (34), Zeeshan Qasim (33) and Asad Mahmood (30) rallied their side and helped them to 196-9 in their 40 overs. Brandon Hewlett (3-47) was the most successful bowler for Sandal.
Opener Danny Riley (49) and Ian Shuttleworth (31) battled hard for Sandal but wickets fell at regular intervals as their side were dismissed for 144. Ibrar Younis (3-26) led the way for the tidy Jer Lane attack.
For Sandal it was their second final defeat in a week after their loss to Northowram Fields in the T20 Group B Cup last Sunday, but they can look back on the season as one where they have again made good progress.
Division Two League Cup winners Jer Lane
Altofts overcame an attack of the jitters to defeat Rodley by five wickets and lift the Division Three Cup.
They looked to be heading for a comfortable win when openers Harry Wilkinson (39) and Dominic Richardson (28) shared a stand of 70 as they replied to Rodley’s 147-9, but a sudden collapse against the bowling of Gary Sagar (3-24) saw them fall to 99-5 before Adam Perry (21no) and Danny Eden (17no) guided them home.
Rodley, who opted to bat first, found runs hard to come by against Altofts’ frontline bowlers Josh Hen Boisen (3-19) and Danny Eden (3-20). Only Dan Turbitt (47no) and skipper Rob Young (31) were able to make an impression.
Division Three League Cup winners Altofts