Junior cricket round-up

Rastrick under 15s kept their winning run going at home to Broad Oak where they recorded their highest score of the season at 135 for three.

The score was built around unbeaten knocks of 31 and 33 from Andrew Jarratt and Benji Birkhead respectively, plus a quick fire 18 from Matthew Ashford.

Broad Oak made 87 for five with two wickets each for Adam Shaw and Nathan Shaw plus one wicket for Ravdeep Sanga.

Once again Rastrick fielded well with all the team helping restrict the opposition who came up 49 short of the home score.

The quarter final of the Hills Cup at Clayton West saw the home team run out winners following a very good spell of fast swing bowling.

Clayton West scorede 108 for six with two wickets each for Benji Birkhead and Adam Shaw plus one from Ravdeep Sangha.

Giving away a high extras total on the very uneven pitch didn’t help when Rastrick came to bat and they came up short at 88 for eight.

The ever reliable Benji Birkhead hit 24 with Rahul Kumbhani and Adam Shaw each getting 13.

Team manager Bruce Lunn praised the efforts of seven man Lightcliffe CC under 11s who made an excellent effort to run down a large Pudsey St Lawrence total.

Wickets for the ever improving Reece Smith (two for 19), Robbie Heath and regular contributor Joshua Booth - who also took a catch - ensured St Lawrence did not have it their own way despite reaching 306 for four.

Reece Smith, batting twice, along with Ben Whiteley (11no) all made contributions, but the efforts of Owen Thomas and Joshua Booth, who were unbeaten with 15 runs apiece, as last batting pair were as admirable in the 26-run defeat.

Records tumbled for Lightcliffe Under 11s as an inexperienced East Bierley team were comprehensively outplayed.

Lightcliffe opened in positive fashion with Henry Smith (16) and Ben Whiteley in fine form.

Younger pairing Oliver Slater and Maximus Robins didn’t let the side down but the game was transformed with the third pairing of Owen Thomas and Reece Smith.

The bowling suited Thomas as he smashed a record 44 runs from his stint, helping to post a highest ever total for the team of 335 for none.

Joshua Booth and Jack Beattie ensured that the game was finished as a contest by halfway.

Lightcliffe didn’t let up with the ball, Booth with two wickets, Slater and Smith with a wicket apiece and Thomas with a brace contributing.

Honours however went to Ben Whiteley with a career best three wickets for four runs to rubber stamp a 133-run victory.

Lightcliffe under 15s continued their rich vein of form against East Bierley.

Daanyaal Ahmed, with his usual miserly return of one for five from his four overs, put pressure on the home side resulting in another run-out thanks to an excellent combination of Jake Broadbent and Ahmed.

Liam Holmes took two fine catches at deep mid wicket to help Rhys Thomas post a three wicket haul for the second successive week.

Wickets for Jordan Pickles and Matthew Sumpner, along with positive contributions by John Eliot and Joshua Stringer, with a clean strike to run out all served to ensurea modest 66 total.

Jack Booth and Regan Broadbent again opened sensibly and posted a 37 partnership until the 15s captain holed-out for 12.

Pickles and Broadbent (37no) then ensured the game was closed out in comfortable fashion.

Lightcliffe under 13 A bowed out of the cup at the second round stage at a more mature Undercliffe side.

Batting first the home team forced Lightcliffe on the defensive early on. A run out out from Ben Whiteley and a wicket for Andreas Macintosh, with his second ball of the season, pegged them back but a big third wicket stand threatened to take the game away from them.

However, with two retirements, the tempo changed and tight bowling and fielding strangled the remaining Undercliffe batters with only two runs coming from the final five overs.

Paul Eliot, Owen Thomas and Harry Stobart nipped in with wickets as the total reached 103.

The run out of Stobart and a couple more quick wickets put Lightcliffe on the defensive.

Joshua Booth (20) battled hard for another top score and Macintosh struck three boundaries in his 13, but a steady fall of wickets meant that Lightcliffe were bowled out in the final over for 58.