LIGHTCLIFFE’S winning run ended in the final over of their home game with Idle.
With four runs required off the over and just one wicket remaining, batsman Kelsey, who had already survived a number of controversial not out decisions, hit a six to give Idle a fine win over the league leaders.
The day did not start well when Josh Wheatley was caught in the second over.
Alex Stead took aliking to the bowling of Kelsey and despatched him for several boundaries. But he gained revenge when Stead (27) mistimed one and was caught in the covers. In the same over Jocky Wilson gave a catch to first slip.
Jacob Waterson (14) was looking in good form until he hit the ball straight up in the air. When Greig Godfrey was run out Lightcliffe were in trouble at 85 for five.
Run machine Chris Taylor was still there though and he and Rhys Jowett kept moving the score forward. Taylor again completed a half century and was the backbone of the Lightcliffe total, eventually falling on 80.
Jowett was caught on 47 going for a big one. Batsmen-keeper Mark Horne (32), Tom Lightfoot (12) and Richard Tesseyman (5) blazed away in the final overs to leave Lightcliffe with a very respectable score of 220 for eight.
Seventeen-year-old Tom Lighfoot and Alex Stead made immediate impacts with Lightfoot bagging two wickets and Stead one to make it 11 for three.
The two new batsmen, Brome and Heinemann then made an all out attack on the bowlers. Heinemann reached 50 off 33 balls with Brome taking 77.
A 140 partnership was eventually broken when Tesseyman removed Brome. Shortly afterwards Wheatley took a catch off his own bowling to remove Heinemann for 76.
Chris Greenwood removed the next two batsmen with the help of keeper Horne and the game was now in the balance with Idle on 182 for seven, until Kelsey rode his luck.
Lightcliffe will be hoping to bounce back this Saturday at Windhill.
l LIGHTCLIFFE Seconds failed to capitalise on the solid base set by their top order on at Pudsey St Lawrence.
On the hottest day of the summer, Gaz Stevens had no hesitation in batting. Despite Michael Brooke (24), James Horne (35), and Stevens (41) getting starts none went on to get the big score that was needed. Later on Richard Thompson hit a fine 52 not out, his third half century of the summer.
The total of 236 did seem a bit light as the side had not drilled home their advantage.
Despite early snares from Jimmy Godden and James Horne, the Pudsey middle order dominated proceedings and coasted to victory with 19 overs left.