Khan is key as survival is secured thanks to bonus points

Lightcliffe suffered a 59-run defeat at New Farnley but the blow was softened by the knowledge that the eight points achieved plus the defeat for Farsley guaranteed Division One cricket at Wakefield Road next season.

A fifth-wicket stand of 156 between Nick Walker (93) and Lee Goddard (91) enabled New Farnley to recover from 80-4 to post a challenging 288-7.

They also had the help of 32 from Matthew Goddard while Rob Burton was the best of the Lightcliffe bowlers with 3-54.

Jonathan Whiteoak (2-81 in 12 overs) and Suleman Khan (1-62 in eight) had suffered punishment.

However, overseas player Khan was the key figure in the Lightcliffe reply.

He made 63 as they finished on 229-8. Jonathan Wilson (37), captain Alex Stead (36), Sam Jowett (25) and Josh Wheatley (24) added useful runs to bag bonus points as Yorkshire CCC and former Essex spinner James Middlebrook took 3-33.

Middlebrook, who is also going through the rigorous process of qualifying to be a first-class umpire when not required by Yorkshire, was removed without scoring when opening the batting for New Farnley.

Lightcliffe ended the day on 183 points from 21 games, eight points clear of East Bierley. They are followed by Undercliffe on 172 points with Farsley on 160 and bottom club Saltaire on 147.