Godden and Brookes prove the heroes in thrilling last-ball tie

LIGHTCLIFFE’S weakened third team tied with Copley in their Halifax Sunday League Division One encounter, making 219-8 in reply to 219-7.

Wes Brookes scored a two off the last ball to give Lightcliffe their second tie of the season.

There were rare cameo appearances from several players against the side that beat them in the Sunday Cup final six weeks previously.

None made greater contributions to Lightcliffe’s cause than Sam Godden and Brookes.

Godden, an integral part of the 2013 double team, but now reduced to the odd match, declined to lead the attack which captain Bruce Lunn placed in the hands of Aidan Edwards and 13-year-old Joshua Booth.

Edwards, in his first match since the cup final, took a good five overs to blow the dust out of the pipes, by which time the Copley openers had filled their boots.

Booth, in only his second game at this level, let no-one down but wicketkeeper and father Kevinfailed to take a chance from opener Allingham after 10 overs.

Spin twins Alex Kennedy and Jordan Pickles initially failed to make any impact and at halfway Copley were 116-0.

Pickles broke through and from the next delivery from the opposite end, Kennedy forced a thick-edge and Colin Saunders took the catch.

Nadella and Whipp then dug in for Copley against the spin of James Powe, in whites for the first time in five years, and senior debutant Billy Hartley.

Kennedy and Pickles returned to complete the innings as Lightcliffe collected some wickets but they faced a solid 219 target.

The Wakefield Road side responded well to the challenge as Booth and jet-lagged captain Lunn made 28 and 42, respectively, in a positive response, which stalled initially when both were dismissed.

It was, however, Godden that did most of the run-making supported by Saunders. Godden’s innings improved as it progressed with some fine boundary hitting.

At 196-3 and still requiring six per over, Copley’s opening attack returned and three wickets for Braham saw Lightcliffe rapidly subside, losing five wickets for five runs.

Step forward that man Brookes. Initially looking rusty, a couple of crisp boundaries gave hope. Loss of wickets continued, however, and 15 runs to win from 12 balls looked unrealistic.

Billy Hartley was successfully coaxed to move at a more adventurous tempo than was the norm for the teenager as byes, scampered singles and another drive from Brookes took the game down to the last ball.

Brookes delivered by running two and, for the second time for Lightcliffe this season, there was parity between the sides.