OVERSEAS all-rounder Suleman Khan stole the show as Lightcliffe gained revenge on Manningham Mills after losing to the Scotchman Road outfit twice already this season.
Skipper Jonathan Wilson chose to bat first on a particularly wet wicket. Openers Chris Taylor and Alex Lees took the attack to Mills, scoring at eight an over for the first five. However, the Mills attack soon found an accurate line and length and Iqbal Khan struck first, removing Lees for a quickfire 39 with the score on 66.
Alex Stead joined Taylor at the wicket and the pair moved the score on to 89 before Taylor received a brute of a delivery from left arm spinner Ali Noman and was caught at gully. The very next ball Roebuck fell lbw to Noman.
Andy Gorrod joined Stead and they continued to struggle against Noman and Khan until the latter had finished his 15 alloted overs. The extra pace of Shahzaib Khan and Zeeshan Qasim made scoring easier and Lightcliffe reached 124 before Stead was caught in the deep off Qasim for 32.
Stead’s dismissal brought Suleman Khan to the wicket and after taking a few overs to play himself in, he launched a savage attack on the Mills bowlers, scoring 48 not out at more than a run a ball.
His wonderful innings contained five sixes and combined with useful contributions from Gorrod (21) and Mark Horne, Lightcliffe reached 202 for six.
Chris Greenwood immediately tore into the Mills’ batting line up, taking the first three wickets to fall with the score on just 30.
The fourth wicket pairing of Adam Patel and Gulsheraz Ahmed moved the score on to 50 before Wilson introduced left arm spinner Khan into the attack.
The change brought immediate reward as Khan took the wickets of both Patel and Ahmed. He bowled in tandem with off-spinner Josh Wheatley and the pair continued to exert pressure with wickets falling at regular intervals.
Despite a few lusty blows from the lower order, Mills eventually crumbled to 125 all out with Khan taking a brilliant five for 26 off 12 overs.
LIGHTCLIFFE seconds suffered late agony in their Division One encounter at Bowling Old Lane losing by two wickets with a ball to spare.
The first innings total of 225 looked competitive thanks to a maiden 50 from Seraj Hussain, a composed 37 from Michael Brooke, which included one of the biggest sixes ever seen on the ground, and a classical 25 from Brucie Lunn.
There were other useful contributions from Chrissy Dyer, Thomas Powe, Steve Hartley and Liam Collins, but it was Hussain who took the plaudits for his range of stroke-play and attacking intent.
After a fine tea, the visitors came out fired up and took a wicket off the first ball. Powe was the hero with a seaming, spitting, swinging delivery which flew to mid on for Dan Ahmed to take a wonder catch.
However, the hosts gradually wore down the inexperienced attack and despite all the bowlers doing well, Old Lane were always in the game.
Tom Lightfoot, Liam Collins, and Ahmed could all hold their heads high and chipped in with wickets. With five needed off the last over Old Lane scrambled home.