Winless but plenty of fight shown Under-15s

Lightcliffe U15s (70-8) lost to Pudsey Congs (72-3) by 7 wickets

Lightcliffe U15s completed their fixtures against Pudsey Congs who were also needing a victory to guarantee the League title.

The fixture went with the form book, leaving the side winless for 2015.

This did not however detract from the enthusiasm the squad – the majority under 13s – have shown this season.

Lightcliffe were asked to bat and Alex Kennedy again showed signs of his development with some nice boundaries, before choosing to play his leg side flick to the wrong ball.

James Chapman, again, couldn’t get a run his efforts have deserved this term and when Shoain Hassan was bowled off stump, the side had crawled to 35-3 with more 
than half the allotted overs gone.

Jack Hopkins thwacked a couple of boundaries, Matthew Denman occupied the crease for nine runs and the diminutive Oliver Slater edged a boundary.

No one was under illusions that the 70 runs accumulated would trouble the title-chasing home side, but 
Lightcliffe actually had the better of the early second innings exchanges, when returning captain Shoaib Hassan cleaned bowled the opener.

Alex Kennedy lulled a false shot into Jack Hopkins’ hands at extra cover next over and at 18-2 there was a small chink in the Congs’ armour.

Congs did eventually get to grips, although not before Iwan Heath’s flight “did” for Congs’ top-scoring opener with his distinctive style.

The team played better cricket than their basement position suggests and they probably should have won a couple of games

The thinness of the squad and inevitable absences for holiday, injury etc meant on many occasions players were playing three years above their age group.

It is fitting to thank David Heath for his support doing the scoring and parents of all players for turning up, often at early hours , as was the case in this fixture, to ensure the 
team got value out of the 
game.