Lightcliffe U17s (134-4) tied with Buttershaw (134-4)
Two days after having knocked the same team out of the cup, the sides met to complete the League fixtures for 2015.
Unsurprisingly the game was played at a much lower tempo, but nevertheless both sides managed to contrive a gripping finish.
Buttershaw won the toss and puzzlingly opted to bowl on a pitch full of runs, allowing Lightcliffe to fill their coffers.
Regan Broadbent (39) and captain Jack Booth (45), now showing some consistent form, put on a season’s-best 89 opening partnership, until the latter needlessly ran himself out.
Late runs from Liam Holmes (23) lifted the total to 134 – a defendable total.
Matthew Sumpner struck early and once again looked dangerous in his four overs, although for once Shoaib Hassan over piched too often and was less frugal than usual.
Buttershaw at 30-1 and requiring over 100 from 12 overs looked a distant second.
Wainwright retired for 53 however to give the visitors hope; Alex Kennedy bowled tight spin and Jake Broad bent struck with a good run-out .
With three overs left and Buttershaw needing 38 for victory the game had gone, or so onlookers thought.
Colehan and McDermott refused to give up hitting out and chasing hard as Lightcliffe’s fielding became ragged, with mis-fields conceding boundaries and four dropped catches.
An enforced bowling change brought Holmes to the crease.
His pace was effective, but only in helping the ball speed to the boundary for 16 runs. Buttershaw ran hard to take six from Jake Broadbent’s final over, leaving 16 required from six balls.
In stark contrast to his 5-18 in the cup semi two days earlier and having conceded 38 runs from his earlier three overs in the innings, Jordan Pickles may have been surprised to be handed the ball by the captain for the final over.
Buttershaw seized the opportunity to hit short deliveries for boundaries, running hard as the ball was hit to the broad Lightcliffe acres, and with the scores tied needed a scrambled run for victory.
Finally, Pickles beat the bat, a straight and true throw from wicketkeeper Regan Broadbent threw down the stumps at the bowlers end to tie the match.Credit to the young Buttershaw side for a thrilling finale.
Lightcliffe U17s (124-7) beat Buttershaw (96-8) by 28 runs
That victory in the cup came two days earlier.
Lightcliffe chose to bat in this semi-final tie and got off to a good start with Jack Booth’s cover drive firing well. His dismissal, bowled for 19 with the score on 40, was therefore a little surprising.
This brought together the team’s backbone, twins, Regan and Jake Broadbent, but Buttershaw’s bowling was of a high standard and Jake departed too swiftly with the run rate squeezed.
Daanyaal Ahmed and Regan restored a five-per over tempo, until Broadbent was undone by a direct strike from deep square leg, run out for 32.
Ahmed went next over for 23, and when Alex Kennedy found deep square leg first ball, the innings looked rocky.
Liam Holmes dug in, and along with Jordan Pickles, using a variety of techniques, all of them effective – including Pickles’ first maximum – they used the last five overs to put on another 31 runs.
A par score some felt. The half-time team talk was simple; Buttershaw had bowled well, so do better.
Matthew Sumpner struck in his first over and his partner Ahmed’s tight spell produced a squeeze on the top order.
Captain Jack Booth astutely rotated his bowlers with a double spin change. For once Kennedy couldn’t claim a victim and Pickles chose his moment to produce his best form with his new found off-breaks.
Jake Broadbent and Ahmed both made skiers look comfortable as Buttershaw hit out in a vain attempting to up the run-rate, to give Pickles career best 5-18 figures.