Taylor’s innings brings cup win

LIGHTCLIFFE progressed to the quarter finals of the Bradford Cricket League’s Priestley Cup with a nail biting 20-run victory at Farsley.

With captain Jonathan Wilson away, Chris Greenwood took over and decided to bat.

Lightcliffe welcomed Chris Taylor back despite still not being 100 per cent fit after a virus, and in the end Lightcliffe were thankful for his match winning innings.

They made a steady start and Andrew Gorrod (12) was the first to depart, beaten by a beauty, the ball pitching on leg and nipping away, on to his off stump.

Alex Lees joined former Yorkshire colleague Taylor and the pair began to put runs on the board until Lees (10) was caught at square leg.

When Alex Stead (9) was removed with the score on 65, a cluster of wickets followed and Lighcliffe were in deep trouble at 98 for 8.

Greenwood moved himself up the order, a decision that proved decisive.

With no bowler previously being able to remove Greenwood this season, he put on a fine ninth wicket partnership of 35 with Taylor.

Greenwood (13) was eventually removed leg before. On his 15th birthday Liam Collins joined Taylor but was run out without scoring. Taylor finished unbeaten on 69.

Lightcliffe took the field with high hopes of progressing to the next round. Despite only posting 142, they knew they had the bowlers to make the most of the wicket.

Stead and then Greenwood, twice, reduced Farsley to nine for three.

But they rallied and took the score beyond 100.

Some tight bowling from Tom Lightfoot was increasing the pressure and Charlie Roebuck ran out Frankland for 38.

He followed it with another run out and finished the game off when he took a sharp caught and bowled chance.