Lightcliffe lose out to big rivals

Lightcliffe v Undercliffe. Alex Stead.

Lightcliffe v Undercliffe. Alex Stead.

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Lightcliffe were once again forced to concede second best after JCT600 Bradford Cricket League Champions Woodlands beat them by five wickets.

The two sides were locked in a title battle last season which the Cleckheaton-based outfit won in dramatic fashion to break the hearts of the Wakefield Road faithful.

Lightcliffe travelled full of confidence that they could get one over their rivals on this occasion.

Captain Chris Taylor won the toss and decided to have a bat first.

Lightcliffe looked to be on for a competitive score but the

introduction of Chris Brice to the attack proved to be the difference.

Left-armer Brice had Lightcliffe in a spin, taking six for 32 as they went from 127 for four to 161 all out.

Alex Stead battled hard for his team’s top score of 61.

Woodlands started the chase with intent and the opening partnership passed 50.

Woodlands had a couple of alarms against the off-spin of Josh Wheatley (3-43) but got home with four overs to spare thanks to former Yorkshire player Scott Richardson (43) and Grant Soames (35no).

On Saturday Lightcliffe welcome Hanging Heaton.