Promotion hopefuls floored by rebound

PROMOTION chasing rivals Bowling Old Lane knew they had to win at Lightcliffe to stand any chance of catching the top two in JCT600 Bradford League Division Two.

Lightcliffe had again to call on the club squad members with several players unavailable for first team duty.

Lightcliffe legend Roger Stead was called up again, this time to replace son Alexander.

Skipper Jonathan Wilson won the toss and decided to bat first.

Lightcliffe made a watchful start. Josh Wheatley (9) was the first to fall when he was slow out of the blocks and was run out when Chris Taylor called him through for a single.

Taylor (51) was again the backbone of the team and reached 50, but was out very next ball.

Rhys Jowett (17) continued his good form but quickly followed Taylor.

Wilson was joined at the crease by young Jacob Waterson to rebuild the innings and set up a late onslaught.

Wilson and Waterson played themselves in and began scoring freely with Wilson passing 50.

A partnership of over 100 was broken when Wilson departed for 59.

Lightcliffe were looking to secure full batting points with just several balls remaining so Mark Horne and James Horne, plus Richard Thompson, all sacrificed their wicket in the slim hope of achieving five batting points.

Waterson (49 not out) finished agonisingly short of his maiden first team half century. Lightcliffe finished with a defendable total of 208 for seven.

Opening the bowling was stalwart James Horne; and he did not take long to strike when he removed opening batsmen Younis.

Alishan and Achtar were batting well and had moved the score on to 82; when Bowling lost two wickets in an over.

The first went to Roger Stead, who bowled a fine spell of 10 overs and deserved his wicket.

The second owed to a great piece of fielding by Wheatley who hit the wickets with a direct throw leaving the batsmen millimetres out of his ground.

The re-introduction of Wheatley and Chris Greenwood to the attack brought a flurry of wickets with four falling with just one run added, with Wheatley removing star overseas player Mapa Bandara and leaving Bowling in real trouble at 117 for seven.

The rest of the tail was soon mopped up with Greenwood finishing with four wickets and Lightcliffe celebrating a fine victory over the third placed club.

Chris Taylor said after the game: “We were very poor last weekend but with the bat, ball and in the field we were just simply fantastic today.”

Lightcliffe have a massive top of the table clash with Saltaire next Saturday.