Bruce’s ton brings cup final dream

Actions from the game: Lightcliffe v Farsley, (cricket) at Lightcliffe CC, home team batting'Pictured is:- Bruce Lunn salutes for his 50
Actions from the game: Lightcliffe v Farsley, (cricket) at Lightcliffe CC, home team batting'Pictured is:- Bruce Lunn salutes for his 50

A CENTURY from Bruce Lunn was the highlight of a fine team performance which put Lightcliffe into the Halifax Cricket Sunday cup.

With both Lightcliffe and opponents Booth’s venues taken by first team cricket, the neutral ground at Mytholmroyd saw Lightcliffe inserted on a track which suggested low bounce and the potential of improving conditions.

In no mood to be dominated however Lunn and Kevin Booth set off at a healthy six an over until the latter was well caught with 35 on the board.

Colin Saunders produced exactly this figure as the two veterans continued the momentum.

Youth in the form of U15 player Patrick Wild again scored this amount, in another healthy partnership, while Tom Denham looked good for a solid 22.

Lunn, who ended on 108, slowly picked off the overpitched or wide ball as his total mounted.

A quartet of leg side sixes to the short canal-side boundary were treated as respite for fielders who wilted on the hottest day of the season so far.

Late order cameos and players batting for the team allowed a healthy total of 271 to be posted.

Booth could not be taken lightly however, having in their ranks players well known to the Wakefield Road side.

Sam Kalanovic produced a brace - with a yorker and the leading edge of “danger-man” Jamil, into the hands of Mick Wood.

With openers gone, the tactical switch of starting with the spin of Marcus Kelly paid dividends.

Firstly, Steve Hartley produced a magical slip catch.

Then only a coat of varnish on a bail foiled a hat-trick for the rapidly improving Kelly.

Denham at mid-wicket bagged two catches.

Wicketkeeper Regan Broadbent, 13, took a fine one handed catch to dismiss Booth’s big hitting captain, from the bowling of Mark Whiley and effectively ending the match as a contest.