KEIGHLEY always provide tough opposition but Lightcliffe were buoyed by the news that the Bradford League’s all time record run scorer, Richard Robinson was unavailable.
Lightcliffe had their own selection issues with new signings Alex Stead choosing to represent Staffordshire in the Minor Counties and Gary Severn suffering from tennis elbow.
This meant a first team debut for another new signing, 17-year-old seam bowler Tom Lightfoot.
Captain Jocky Wilson sent Keighley out to field.
Josh Wheatley was soon into his stride, playing shots to all parts of the ground, and was ably supported by Christopher Taylor.
The two put on an opening partnership of 182 before Wheatley was struck by the ‘nervous 90s’ curse.
While on 98 he hit a full toss straight back to the off-spinner who gleefully accepted the chance.
Taylor had passed his 50 but was soon to follow Wheatley when he was out to a neat catch.
There was a quick last wicket stand of 29 by Matthew Taylor and David Knight, before Taylor ran Knight out on the last ball of the innings, leaving Lightcliffe on 235 for four.
Lightcliffe started the brightest after tea and some tight bowling from Chris Greenwood and Evan Edwards put early pressure on the Keighley openers.
Edwards removed Stephen Reape with one that nipped away and keeper Mark Horne took a good catch in front of the slip cordon.
This brought Patel to the crease and he and Davidson shared a second wicket partnership of 82 before man of the match Wheatley struck a decisive blow removing Davidson lbw for 56.
Patel was soon to follow from a bullet from Greenwood.
Wickets continued to fall regularly and Keighley were in trouble at 141 for eight.
Lightcliffe could not get the final two wickets despite the best of efforts of Wheatley, who finished with four fo 46 off his 15 overs. Keighley finished on 174 – 8 leaving Lightcliffe with 19 points.
On Saturday Lightcliffe travel to Bowling Old Lane for another tough game against a team who are always pushing for promotion.