Lightcliffe ladies warm up with a win over Blackley

Brighouse v Great Horton.
Brighouse v Great Horton.

Lightcliffe Women’s team kicked off their season with a good win at home in a friendly against old friends and rivals Blackley.

Batting first, skipper Angela Monaghan and Sue Godden opened up and punished anything short and wide putting on 38 in quick time before Godden was unluckily run out backing up for 16.

Monaghan went on to make a stylish 30 before retiring.

Christine Cooper and Fiona Ellwood took up the mantle and looked untroubled, hitting well straight and pulling neatly to leg until they retired together having both reached double figures.

After debutant Annabelle Murphy was bowled by her twin sister Imogen, guesting for Blackley.

Ellis Lill played straight and ran well for an undefeated 16 and, with a couple of lusty blows to finish from Charlotte Sykes, Lightcliffe finished on 145 from their allotted 26 overs.

After the usual superb Lightcliffe hospitality, Blackley came up against some excellent fast bowling from Lill and Sykes which quickly reduced them to five for three with the help of two well taken return catches from the latter.

Kate Standeven kept up the pressure, bowling with great accuracy and picking up two wickets, one thanks to a great one-handed catch by keeper Emma Walton.

Debutant Rachel Thompson, sister of popular second team batsman and club treasurer Richard, then excelled to take two wickets in her first ever two overs.

Charlotte Sykes came back to collect her third wicket as a plucky Blackley side finished on 55 for 8.

Coach Steve Hartley said: “It was a great way to start this year’s campaign. The team were impressive in all aspects of the game and I was delighted to see the progress they are all making.”