Solid start is the key as Copley are distanced in Sunday League action

Actions from the Priestley Cup Cricket, Lightcliffe v Woodlands at Lightcliffe CC. Pictured is Mohammed Rasool.
Actions from the Priestley Cup Cricket, Lightcliffe v Woodlands at Lightcliffe CC. Pictured is Mohammed Rasool.

After losing the toss and being put into bat by Copley on an excitable track, Rastrick were hoping for a much improved Halifax Sunday League performance from a strong looking side.

Benji Birkhead and Marsh got Rastrick off to a solid start, putting on a 40 partnership and see off some aggressive bowling from the Copley bowlers before losing Birkhead, caught behind off Hoyle’s unorthodox bowling action.

Regular openers Lord and Middleton could not push the score on much further before losing their wickets cheaply.

Top run scorer Marsden (52) came in and made mince meat of the bowling with nine fours and a six before being caught out.

Rastrick’s tail wobbled and only Smith (18) made it in to double figures, to leave Rastrick on a very respectable 168.

On the unusually bouncy wicket Rastrick were confident in bowling Copley out with the options available.

Shaw and Marsden bowled tightly and Shaw was rewarded with a wicket in the sixth over after a good reaction catch from Ashford.

Rastrick carried on taking wickets at regular intervals with old timers Bamforth and Middleton slowing the attack down with some fine bowling in the middle overs.

A fantastic high catch from Spence accounted for opener Codling, and Ashford, backing up a good day in the field, was spot on with a direct run out before some good bowling at the end from youngsters Smith and Ashford taking five wickets between them finished off the Copley batting line up.

This gave Rastrick a comfortable 34 run win before heading to Warley on Sunday looking for another win.

Rastrick Seconds couldn’t maintain their winning ways as they lost at home to Almondbury Wesleyans by 81 runs.

Almondbury were asked to bat as the game started with rain in the air and they did manage to keep the score down.

However, they couldn’t pick up the wickets as M Shaw (114 not out) and C Byrne (55) put on 153 after the first wicket had fallen.

After Byrne’s departure Rastrick came right back into the game as the next six batsmen all went for just six runs. Jack Pearson (4-38) and Dan Taxter (2-16) were the pick of the seven bowlers used as Almondbury posted 210 for 8.

Rastrick got off to a decent start with 33 on the board for the first wicket but batsmen kept getting in and getting out without settling to make a decent innings. Nigel Stead and Ben Birkhead top scored with 19 runs each in an innings of 129 all out.