Robinson shows the way as Lightcliffe shrug off threat from rivals ‘Cleck

Actions from Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley, cricket at Lightcliffe CC.'Pictured is Oliver Robinson.
Actions from Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley, cricket at Lightcliffe CC.'Pictured is Oliver Robinson.

Lightcliffe produced a fine all-round display to secure a 21 run success over Cleckheaton in their JCT600 Bradford League Division One clash.

With captain Chris Taylor unavailable, Jonathan Wilson returned from his vacation in Portugal to skipper the side.

Wilson won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first.

Oliver Robinson was the key figure in Lightcliffe’s success, hitting 90 off 88 balls with four sixes and eight fours.

His fine innings was built on the earlier good work of Alex Stead (41) and David Hester (37) as Lightcliffe recovered from the loss of two early wickets.

Wilson chipped in with a quick fire 21 to help post a score of 211 for nine.

Rasool struck first when he removed the dangerous John Wood (5).

It wasn’t until the introduction of spin kings Suleman Khan and Josh Wheatley that Lightcliffe claimed another wicket when Wheatley removed overseas batsmen Ammar Mahmood (29)

Left-handers Tim Jackson (41) and Mally Nicholson (39) were the main runscorers as Cleckheaton succumbed for 190 - 21 runs short - as left-arm spinner Suleman Khan picked up three for 33.

On Saturday Lightcliffe travel to Scatcherd Lane to take on Morley.

Lightcliffe Seconds narrowly lost out to Keighley in a thriller at Wakefield Road.

The hosts looked set for a score of 200 plus after winning the toss and batting.

However, a late collapse saw them restricted to 171, skipper Michael Brooke (65) and Rhys Jowett (36) best for the home team.

Keighley had to graft for their runs thanks to fine bowling from Tom Lightfoot, Marcus Kelly, Chris Hestor, Liam Holmes and Liam Collins.

They all played their part, but there just weren’t enough runs on the board and the visitors inched over the line with two overs and a run to spare.

Thoughts now turn to Saturday’s game at home to unbeaten league leaders Morley.

After the game Rick Powe said: “I was devastated at that defeat. If we had batted slightly better we might have been victorious.”