Lightcliffe celebrate win double

Cricket - Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley.'Alex Stead bats for Lightcliffe.
Cricket - Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley.'Alex Stead bats for Lightcliffe.

Lightcliffe produced a fine team display to inflict a 116 run defeat on big-spending Hanging Heaton in Division One of the Bradford League.

It was a stirring performance by the home side considering that skipper Chris Taylor, Yorkshire paceman Moin Ashraf and veteran wicketkeeper Mark Horne were all missing.

Jonathan Wilson took the reigns and started well by winning the toss and making the easiest of decisions to bat first on the flat pitch.

Josh Wheatley was promoted to open and he batted well alongside Charlie Roebuck who looked in imperious form, making 49 before being bowled by John Carruthers.

The following over Wheatley was out for 10, leaving the hosts on 60 for two.

Alex Stead, Dave Hester and Suleman Khan all made starts before falling to the leg spin of Mark Lawson, which left Lightcliffe 139 for five.

Ollie Robinson steadied the ship with a maiden Bradford League half-century before Wilson and Matt Taylor helped reach a total of 230.

While Lawson, Gary Fellows and overseas man Montcin Hodge got the visitors off to a fast start in their run-chase, this was halted by the excellent spin bowling of Khan and Wheatley, who only conceding 24 runs in 13 overs each, with Wheatley picking up five wickets and Khan two.

Opener Rasool came back to remove Hodge (56) , but the Lightcliffe total was never threatened as Hanging Heaton were dismissed for 114.

The performance was backed up by good fielding, particularly from stand-in keeper Chrissy Dyer who had four victims, including two catches stood up to the stumps and a stumping.

This Saturday Lightcliffe are away to East Bierley.

Lightcliffe rattled up a score in excess of 300 as they scored an easy victory over the Division Two neighbours Spen Victoria in the first round of the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup.

Alex Stead’s 121 and 65 by Dave Hester helped Lightcliffe make 320 for seven, Stead stroking six sixes and nine fours while he also shared a third-wicket stand of 175 with Hester. Veteran Rob Burton was the best of the Spen bowlers with four for44.

Spen Vic were bowled out for 208 with skipper Dan Shuffe making a battling 50, Stead capping a fine individual performance with three for 12.

Fourteen-year-old left arm spinner Daanyaal Ahmed made his first team debut and bowled an excellent 10 over spell and finished with two for 28.

Lightcliffehave been drawn at home to second division Yeadon in the second round, the fixture taking place on Sunday, May 19.