Lightcliffe fall short in run pursuit of Scholes

A fighting display against Scholes from a below-strength Lightcliffe Women’s XI couldn’t provide a victory in the last Northern Women’s League season of the season.

The visitors chose to bat first on a quality track and took full advantage with an excellent century partnership for the opening wicket in good time.

Sue Godden put an end to the run spree with a good caught and bowled to dismiss former England wicket-keeper Amanda Garrard for 57.

Kate Standeven got reward for some good line and length to trap Sarah Ford lbw for 48.

Thereafter Lightcliffe started to dominate. Standeven picked up her second scalp with a sharp return catch and Ellis Lill produced a good second spell, returning figures of 2-20 from seven overs and limiting Scholes to 166-5 from 35 overs.

In their reply, the Villagers struggled to cope with some quality opening bowling and lost four senior batters – all clean bowled – before the score reached 30.

Ellis Lill and Keerthi Koppula then put bat to ball with great effect to start to raise the hopes of a home victory.

Lill recorded a second 50 of the season against Scholes, punishing anything wide before holing out to a good catch at short mid-off.

Koppula made a senior-best 31 and was unlucky to play on to a full pitched delivery. Their 80 partnership, however, wasn’t enough to get Lightcliffe over the line.

Despite a fluent unbeaten 17 from Kate Standeven, well-supported by debutants Lauren Jackson and Anouska Standeven, the home side fell 30 runs short.

“This was a great effort with a few of our regular players missing today,” said skipper Christine Cooper, returning from a broken finger in the first game of the season against the same opposition.