LIGHTCLIFFE CC kept up their good run of form with another Bradford League Division One victory and once again the batting was the platform against Bradford & Bingley.
A season’s highest partnership of 190 between Alex Stead and Suleman Khan after the Bees had reduced Lightcliffe to 27 for two was the highlight. Once established, both batters dominated the bowling and in the latter stages of their respective innings hit boundaries almost whimsically.
“Sully” produced his highest score for the club and while at the crease maintained a constant tempo with 18 boundaries (including six sixes). Stead surpassed his colleague once Khan was caught for 106 in his best innings of the season, cracking seven sixes in a magnificent 128.
Thereafter his 55 partnership with captain Jonathan Wilson (21no) always looked to have posted a total out of reach of the visitors.
In reply, Davies and Etherington’s 68 opening partnership looked promising, but thereafter Bingley faded badly losing seven wickets for 35 runs mid innings, with Khan again in the thick of it with three wickets thanks to two sharp slip catches from Charlie Roebuck.
Roebuck claimed the wicket of Bradford’s top scorer Davies (54) but frustratingly for the home side, Smallwood and Ravinshankar’s 66 unbeaten last wicket partnership denied ‘Cliffe maximum points.
Nevertheless a great performance lifting Lightcliffe to fourth in the table.
LIGHTCLIFFE Under 13s were under no illusion about their task in their final Bradford League South Division League fixture as this was a repeat of the game from the previous week. Unfortunately the match went to form, with Cleckheaton dominating the game from start to finish with some aggressive batting and overall superior performance.
Will Smith possibly doubled his runs conceded total this season in his one over, as opener Darling retired for 30 in only four overs. Few of the home bowlers managed to finish with economical statistics as three Cleckheaton batters retired unbeaten on 30, with Lightcliffe conceding their highest total of the season - 149 for one.
On a positive note Michael Broadbent took his first wicket for the club and a number of others showed some improved form with the ball, notably Max Greenwood.
In reply, there was limited expectation of chasing down the total, but once again Will Smith continued his fine form with a classy 30 not out.
George Hodkinson found some form with a good dozen and overall the team were not disgraced in reaching a respectable 96 for eight in the fading light.