Lightcliffe see off Norden threat

Cricket - Blackley v Lightcliffe.'Marcus Kelly bowls for Lightcliffe.
Cricket - Blackley v Lightcliffe.'Marcus Kelly bowls for Lightcliffe.

Lightcliffe’s third XI continued their fine season with a second successive 149 run victory over Norden in a strong all-round performance.

Another 50 opening partnership ended with Bruce Lunn edging a near wide for 30, and progress was steady with Jack Booth (29) and Patrick Wild (25) failing to build on solid starts.

Tom Denham eventually used the support of some big bashes from skipper Kelly to post a 61 score in a 101 partnership with both players capitalising on weaker late innings bowling.

A total of 267 looked a big score to overtake on a pitch which showed signs of increasingly irregular bounce.

In reply, Sam Godden and Aidan Edwards bowled with venom, accuracy and swing to give a strong Norden top order a real going over.

This time Edwards edged the honours with three wickets to Godden’s two.

Matthew Sumpner bowled better than his figures suggested and it was left to Kieran Collins to break a 48-run stand by castling opposing captain Rob Greenwood off his pads.

Skipper Marcus Kelly responded by taking two in two balls, narrowly missing the hat-trick, while Kevin Booth, David Heath and Bruce Lunn produced smart catches.

Kelly then wrapped up a fine 20 point victory to set up an anticipated fixture against their cup opponents this weekend.

Lightcliffe CC Women team came out second best on their first visit to Wrenthorpe in the Yorkshire Regional Women’s League.

The Wakefield Road outfit started brightly, picking up 15 runs in the first two overs as Christine Cooper and Ellis Lill made good use of the pace of the ball and the fast outfield.

Yorkshire junior Hannah Westmoreland then made a double breakthrough, removing Cooper and Sue Godden in the same over. Skipper Angela Monaghan then combined with Lill to build the highest partnership of the match before both succumbed in similar fashion each having accumulated a creditable 20.

Alice Hartley, Kate Standeven and Janet West, on her debut, all notched boundaries which helped take the total to 77 when the last wicket fell.

Ellis Lill struck early with the new ball, Godden taking the catch, and it was Godden herself who picked up the only other wicket to fall, trapping Westmoreland lbw.

Keerthi Koppula made the home side toil and she was unlucky not to pick up wickets as a couple of sharp chances went to ground.