100 up at the double

Lightcliffe v Spen Victoria. Chris Taylor batting for Lightcliffe.
Lightcliffe v Spen Victoria. Chris Taylor batting for Lightcliffe.

TWO Lightcliffe batsmen hit centuries as the home team thrashed visitors Spen Victoria by 95 runs.

Alex Stead smashed his way to 112, while opener Chris Taylor carried his bat for 104.

Spen Victoria field a team including a number of players with first division experience.

Jonathan Wilson won the toss and decided bat.

The opening pair of Taylor and Josh Wheatley had to be patient as Rob Burton and Joel Pollard bowled with great accuracy.

Both batsmen dug in but eventually Wheatley was out for 38.

Stead came in with 20 overs remaining and wasted no time in quickening the run rate.

He took a particular liking to a few of the change bowlers, clearing the ropes four times in one over from the spin of Craig Woodhead.

Taylor at the other end and was accumulating another big score and laying the platform for a large total to defend.

Hard-hitting Stead finished with an impressive 112 not out from just 67 balls as Lightcliffe set an impressive score of 284 for the loss of only one wicket.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Edwards then ripped through the heart of the Spen Victoria batting line-up claiming three of the first four wickets and leaving Spen Victoria reeling at 34 for four.

Gary Severn was back from injury for the first time since the opening day and opened his account by removing Tosh Baker leg before.

Spin pair Chris Greenwood and Wheatley then both claimed a wicket.

With the score on 70 for six, new batsmen Pollard started hitting out, Edwards removed him.

Burton continued to be a thorn in the side but he was finally removed for 66 by Greenwood.

Edwards then got the final two batsmen to finish with career best figures of six for 33.

On Saturday Lightcliffe travel to Morley, who currently lie in fourth place.