Close thing in big derby duel

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DESPITE the tables showing a huge difference Lightcliffe were under no illusions that Brighouse would raise their game for this eagerly anticipated local derby at Wakefield Road.

Brighouse skipper Will Smith won the toss and somewhat surpisingly decided they would have a bat.

Matthew West and Adam Brown opened up for Brighouse and made a steady start with Evan Edwards beating the outside edge on many occasions and the couple of times he did have the batsmen in real trouble the chances were put down.

The first wicket to fall was shortly after Alex Stead replaced Gary Severn and he had Brown caught by Linford Wilson.

Brighouse were making steady progress and the shot selection was in the main risk free, in particular West who seemed dead set on batting the full 50 overs.

The introduction of the spin kings Chris Greenwood and Josh Wheatley saw Lightcliffe start to make inroads with the score going from 99 for two to 135 for seven.

The Brighouse total passed the 150 mark with Liam Morris hitting a brisk, if not somewhat unorthodox 18 not out to leave Brighouse on 155 for eight, a target Lightcliffe at the tea interval where confident of chasing down.

Wheatley was soon back in the tent for no score when the lively paced Morris found the edge and the keeper gleefully accepted the chance.

Morris’s afternoon was to be shortlived when he dislocated his shoulder in the next over.

Chris Taylor and Alex Stead played patiently.

Stead was soon removed though with one that nipped back from Brown.

Wilson joined Taylor and they continued to play in a watchful manner.

Taylor was caught out and James Horne followed the next over LBW.

Jonathan Wilson and Edwards soon went and Lightcliffe were staring defeat in the face with the score on 81 for six.

Greig Godfrey was joined at the crease by batsmen-keeper Mark Horne with 75 still required for victory.

Godfrey nudged the ball around while Horne struck out on his way to 41.

Horne was out when the scores were level and it was left for Godfrey to hit the winning runs and finish on 33 not out.

After the game Lightcliffe vice-captain Mark Horne said: “It looked like we were going to be on the wrong end today.

“Give great credit to Brighouse who played extremely well and as a former player I hope to see the club’s fortunes turn around this season.”

This Saturday Lightcliffe have a tricky looking double weekend, travelling to Bankfoot on Saturday and then hosting promotion chasing rivals Great Horton on Sunday.