Saints too strong for weakened under 15s

Lightcliffe U15s (86-6) lost to Pudsey St Lawrence (202-3) by 116 runs

This Bradford Junior League South fixture, played at Northowram Hedge Top due to the club’s gala, wasn’t really a contest from the first over.

Missing key players, captain Alex Kennedy did his best to lead from the front, but he, and especially Harry Stobart and Joshua Booth had the tough task of bowling the majority of the overs, aiming away from the short boundaries.

However, Lightcliffe were unable to grasp the three chances generated by the bowlers and the two openers retired on fifties.

By the time Booth produced a wicket with a direct throw from close-in, Pudsey had amassed 148 runs and the match.

Robbie Heath’s flight against the middle order did produce two more wickets and Oliver Slater and Harrison Scothern got some experience at this level with the ball.

Kennedy played well for his 20 before holing out; Stobart was cruelly bowled with the last ball before a rain-break and James Chapman again found the curse of the leg before wicket law against him.

Declan Raistrick, reprieved from a stumping, benefited from some good shots to leg for a season’s best 24 not out, but ultimately this was one match probably best consigned to the record books and not to be dusted off too frequently.