Charlie Roebuck produced a sparkling innings of 126 not out to totally dominate an unbroken opening stand of 156 with Chris Taylor as last season’s JCT600 Bradford Cricket League Division One runners-up Lightcliffe thrashed Bradford & Bingley by 10 wickets.
Bingley made a bright start despite losing opener Etherington when he was caught at slip by Roebuck to give debutant Oliver Robinson his first wicket for Lightcliffe.
Skipper Phil Slater was lucky to survive an early lbw decision when he appeared to be plumb in front but the umpire’s finger was not raised much to the home side’s disappointment.
However, despite the efforts of Phil Slater (32) and Alex Atkinson (51), Bradford & Bingley were reduced from 111 for two to be bowled out for 155 with Yorkshire fast bowler Moin Ashraf taking three for 40 and overseas star Suleman Khan grabbing three for 25 from his 15 over spell.
Openers Roebuck and Taylor found the going hard with Matthew Simpson, in particular, beating the outside the edge on a regular basis.
Once Roebuck was settled, though, he destroyed everything that was sent his way to produce one of the finest knocks seen at Wakefield Road in recent times, his century coming from just 80 deliveries.
It was an innings that left new captain Chris Taylor purring with delight. “That was a great innings from Roebuck,” said Taylor. “With Alex Lees leaving we had a hole at the top of the order. Fair play to Charlie, he put his hand up and has seized the opportunity with both hands.”