Brooke is the main man as he passes 1,000 runs in a stop-start season

Action from the game between Lightcliffe and Bankfoot on Monday.  Michael Brooke batting for Lightcliffe.
Action from the game between Lightcliffe and Bankfoot on Monday. Michael Brooke batting for Lightcliffe.

Lightcliffe welcomed Pudsey St Lawrence to Wakefield Road with the visitors having all to play for.

However, the day was to end in disappointment as Lightcliffe scraped home in a one wicket win to deny them a chance of the title.

With Pudsey lying second in the league a win was vital if they were to steal the crown from league leaders Cleckheaton.

Captain Chris Taylor won the toss and elected to bowl first on a damp wicket. St Lawrence started brightly and had looked in danger of wasting an opening stand of 112 between Mark Robertshaw (59) and Adam Waite (46) until James Smith found a willing ally in Steve Watts (27no).

Pudsey St Lawrence recovered from 154 for six to take maximum batting points with Smith making 61 in a total of 232 for eight, Mahmood Rasool finishing with four for 74.

Lightcliffe, after a bright start from Charlie Roebuck (59) and Chris Taylor (42), subsided to 173 for eight with Chris Marsden taking five for 55.

With runs coming at a trickle, Lightcliffe’s spirits were raised as Rasool hit 29 off 14 balls to put the hosts back in the hunt, sharing in a quickfire stand of 54. When he was adjuged lbw Lightcliffe still required six runs to win.

Fifteen-year-old Daanyaal Ahmed batted sensibly to leave Lightcliffe requiring just two more runs from the final over. With two balls remaining keeper Mark Horne (30 not out) hit a sublime cover drive that evaded the diving fine leg fielder to secure the success.

Veteran seamer Rasool said: “What a game, it was great feeling to hit three consecutive sixes into the cow field. It was also nice to bag four wickets.”

Lightcliffe finished sixth in Division One of the JCT600 Bradford Cricket League to round off a great season for them.

Lightcliffe seconds’ win at Farsley moved them into third place in the JCT600 Bradford League Division One final league placings.

The day also saw skipper and opener Michael Brooke pass 1,000 league runs for the season, only the second Lightcliffe player to achieve the feat - Ron Jackson being the first in 1977.

Farsley had set Lightcliffe a teasing target of 161 on a difficult wicket and, after an opening partnership of 34, wickets fell at regular intervals.

Brooke held firm and received good support from Liam Collins, who scored 13, and Regan Broadbent (11). Brooke’s departure for 70 at 127 for seven still left much to do but the experienced Chris Hester, Tom Lightfoot and James Godden all made valuable contibutions and victory was claimed with two wickets in hand.

Earlier in the afternoon Farsley had collapsed to 58 for eight, but a late rally led by Kirk, who made 84, gave them a respectable score.

James Godden, who for the second successive week took five wickets (five for 38) and Tom Lightfoot, with three wickets, were initially almost unplayable.

Brooke was delighted with the team’s gritty performance against tough opposition, and the win that took well over three hours to achieve.

Lightcliffe CC’s third XI showed again their all-round strength to roll over Rochdale club Norden by 152 runs and in doing so add the Halifax Sunday League Division One League title to this season’s trophy cabinet.

Any doubts about a chink in the armour were dispelled by a 113-run opening partnership between Bruce Lunn (58) and Jack Booth (a career best 59), but not until having come through a tight opening 10 over spell from the Lancashire side’s young opening attack.

A further half-ton from Colin Saunders (55) and some late innings biffing from Liam Holmes and Sam Godden ensured the points required for the honours were bagged by halfway as the scoreboard showed 229 for seven.

If the visitors thought that Lightcliffe would ease off in the second innings they were mistaken as Sam Godden (3-8) and Mark Whiley (4-26) traded wickets to reduce Norden to 31 for six in clinical fashion.

The champagne moment, however, was a stunning one handed catch at gully from Colin Saunders to dismiss the Norden captain.

Late order wickets for Kieran Collins and Alex Kennedy wrapped up proceedings with Norden 77 all out. That means the final match of the 2013 campaign is targeted at remaining unbeaten in the league.