Khan the toast of Lightcliffe as he steers his side to comfortable win

Actions from the Bradford League Twenty/20 semi-final, Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs at Lightcliffe.'Picured is Suleman Khan batting for Lightcliffe.
Actions from the Bradford League Twenty/20 semi-final, Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs at Lightcliffe.'Picured is Suleman Khan batting for Lightcliffe.

Lightcliffe were boosted by a fine all-round performance from overseas player Suleman Khan as they defeated Manningham Mills by six wickets in their Bradford League Division One clash.

Khan took four for 63 with his left-arm spin as Mills made 212 for seven, a score which owed much to the efforts of Zarak Khan (89) and Masood Ahmed (33no).

Lightcliffe’s overseas player followed up his bowling exploits by making an unbeaten 88 as he and Alex Stead (66) steered their side to a comfortable victory.

Evan Edwards said: “It was nice to be back in the fold.

“Sully was different class today, a real batting and bowling talent if ever I saw one.

“I thought I bowled quite nicely, finding seam and swing movement.

“One game to go now then I am back to Durham for lots of winter netting.”

Lightcliffe 2nd XI just lost out in a tight one at home to Bowling Old Lane.

With thoughts turning to autumn, there was an end of season feel about proceedings under grey Wakefield Road skies.

Happily a decent crowd had turned out to watch the curtain fall on the two’s home campaign.

Old Lane took first knock. There were early wickets for James Godden and Tom Lightfoot.

Chris Hester joined in with a wicket, but Old Lane’s middle order batted sensibly to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Once again Chris Dyer was outstanding behind the stumps, claiming a couple of victims.

Godden returned to claim an outstanding five wickets, underlining the ability he has with the ball.

In reply, Michael Brooke, Dyer, Paddy Wild and Regan Broadbent all got in to make decent scores.

They then all duly got out, Dyer bang in front, Wild trying to hit the church, and Brooke looking for the seventh green at the nearby golf course.

It was left to Richie Powe to provide the entertainment.

He launched a blistering counter attack, spraying the ball to all parts in a wonderful display of consummate hitting.

His groan as he was bowled said it all. He could have won the game.

The innings then petered outwith the seconds having fallen 21 short.

After the game Powe said: “I was thrilled to bat like that, but heartbroken for us to lose.

“I will be back and hopeful of getting some medals to put on the table at the end of the season.”