Ollie Ashford and Andrew Pollock soon had the home side 8-3 with some good full length bowling.
The good early work was backed up by tight bowling from the two spinners and Gareth Clough. Pudsey also fielded very well and probably saved themselves 20 runs, restricting the home side to 198-9 in their 50 overs.
Our reply started as planned, by seeing off the 'new ball' danger. It was not easy as Saltaire bowled in good areas. Both Mark Robertshaw and Charlie Waite showed excellent temperament and calmly went about building the platform required for Pudsey to win the tie. The partnership was only broken by a freak run out, with Waite the victim of a flick on to the stumps while backing up at the bowlers end.
A slight edginess descended over the Pudsey middle order, however we were able to get over the line, with thanks to Chris Marsden's 6 to win the match. In the past Pudsey have been guilty of losing these tight games so it was good to see the boys come out on the right side. This should stand us in good stead for the future.
Our first weekend had yielded 18 points and safe passage through to the next round of the cup. Well done boys.