Lightcliffe face final run chase on Monday

Halifax Sunday Section Cup cricket final between Lightcliffe and Copley at Rastrick CC. Aidan Edwards bowls for Lightcliffe.
Halifax Sunday Section Cup cricket final between Lightcliffe and Copley at Rastrick CC. Aidan Edwards bowls for Lightcliffe.

Lightcliffe will need to bat well at Rastrick on Monday evening (6.0) if they are to lift the Rod Warhurst Trophy for a third time in five years.

The Wakefield Road side will start their innings needing 227 off 40 overs to beat Copley in the Halifax League Sunday Section’s big game of the season.

The final started last Sunday but has been hit by rain which limited play to one innings on the first day. Waterlogging ruled out any of Lightcliffe’s reply on Monday.

First time finalists Copley made 226 for six before the weather broke.

Copley were sent in and took advantage of warm and sunny weather for most of their innings.

Aidan Edwards made an early breakthrough for Lightcliffe but a second wicket stand of 113 between Nathan Bizley and Chris Kessie laid solid foundations for Copley.

Lightcliffe hit back to reduced Copley to 153 for five, off-spinner Jordan Pickles taking three for 43.

However, Copley added 80 runs off the last 10 overs with Freddie and Tom Hammond to the fore.

If no play is possible on Monday, or the match is not completed, next Tuesday will be used. If the match is not completed on Tuesday a bowl-off on that evening will decided who lifts the trophy.