Second final for in-form ‘Cliffe

Actions from the Bradford League Twenty/20 semi-final, Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs at Lightcliffe.'Picured is Chris Taylor batting for Lightcliffe.
Actions from the Bradford League Twenty/20 semi-final, Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs at Lightcliffe.'Picured is Chris Taylor batting for Lightcliffe.

Lightcliffe are overdosing on finals after the T/20 team powered into the Bingley showpiece in fine style at Wakefield Road.

A victory over Pudsey Congs came hard on the heels of Lightcliffe’s stunning 24-run success over Pudsey St Lawrence in the semi-final of the Sovereign Healthcare Priestley Cup two weeks ago.

That victory ended a long wait for Lightcliffe, who last appeared in the prestigious final back in 1977.

Displaying all the confidence of a team winning games, last Sunday’s result never looked in doubt.

After Charles Roebuck’s fine early blasting, Alex Stead came in and played fluently for 40. Chris Taylor was in solid form, waving his bat to all parts after completing his half century. Late bursts from Richie Powe, Sully Khan and Dave Hestor took the score to a competitive 190.

In reply, the fielding of Stead in the deep helped turn the game.

He threw down the stumps twice in two balls to remove two Pudsey dangermen. Wickets for Khan, Stead, Wheatley and Ashraf kept the Congs charge at bay.

The result was sealed with a Powe wonder catch to spark the second pitch invasion in as many weeks.

Lightcliffe’s final opponents will be Morley who defeated Hanging Heaton by four runs.

The game will take place under lights at Bradford and Bingley on Thursday August 15 (8pm).

“I am honoured and delighted to be in the T/20 final,” said Powe after the game.

“I am looking forward to showing off my batting talents under the Bingley floodlights. We are one win away from a great achievement.”