Ton for Taylor helps Lightcliffe take title

WITH leaders Saltaire losing and Lightcliffe being on the same total of points, but had won more games, they knew that if they achieved the full 20 points they would be champions.

Openers Josh Wheatley and Chris Taylor were finding it difficult to score on the Great Horton wicket as had the whole of the top order the previous day against Bankfoot.

Lightcliffe looked in trouble until Jacob Waterson (42) created a stand of 86 with Taylor.

James Horne, making his last appearance for Lightcliffe before moving south, joined Taylor and took the game to Great Horton.

With 40 still required off the last 18 balls to secure full batting points both continued to clear the ropes and reached the target with four balls remaining.

Off the last ball Taylor hit a huge six to ensure he made a century for the fifth time this season. He finished on 101 not out with Horne 34 not out.

Evan Edwards and Alex Stead then claimed early wickets before Chris Greenwood came on and his spin yielded six wickets, leaving leaving Great Horton 78 for nine.

Then great celebrations broke out as Mark Horne stumped the last man off Josh Wheatley.

After receiving the trophy, captain Jocky Wilson said: “It’s been a fantastic achievement by everyone involved, we have really dug in over the past few weeks and kept the pressure on.”

Things had not looked so good the day before as Lightcliffe found themselves on 37 for eight against Bankfoot.

Then the teenage duo of Siraj Hussain (46 not out) and Evan Edwards (44) shared a ninth-wicket stand of 88 that enabled Lightcliffe to post a score of 126.

Edwards (four for 33) ran in determined to win the game single handedly.

He removed four of the top five batmen and ran out the other with a smart piece of work.

Lightcliffe were now on top with Bankfoot falling to 38 for five.

The remaining wickets fell at a steady pace with Josh Wheatley finishing with figures of three for 12.

Bankfoot were eventually dismissed for 70.

What had started as bad day turned into a wonderful one when news reached Lightcliffe that the pressure had gotten to Saltaire and they had capitulated at Morley.