Easy win for Lightcliffe

LIGHTCLIFFE continued their good start in Division Two with a 132 run victory against Windhill.

Lightcliffe built their innings, steadily at first with Chris Taylor and Josh Wheatley battling swing and seam.

Both played cautiously picking off the bad ball and made it to 77-0 after 25 overs.

As both tried to pick up the pace Wheatley was caught at fine leg pulling a short ball.

Taylor and the previous week’s centurian Alex Stead continued, Stead latching on to some short and wide deliveries while Taylor, reached a hard fought 50 in 102 deliveries.

Stead went for 33 trying to hit over the top, bringing captain Jonathan Wilson to the crease with 15 overs left.

He and Taylor continued to pick up the pace, until Taylor was caught off a top edge.

Matty Taylor hit 19, but both he and Wilson were out caught attempting to get to maximum batting points. Wilson ended on 54 and the innings finished on 229 for six.

Early wickets saw Windhill fall to 19 for three, with good opening spells from Richard Tesseyman and youngster Evan Edwards.

Wickets tumbled as Windhill struggled with the tight bowling of the openers backed up by spinners Salim, Wheatley and Greenwood. Salim took two for 10 and there was a wicket each for Greenwood and Wheatley.

Lighcliffe’s bowlers stuck at their task well. When Edwards was brought back into the attack he got his fourth victim when he broke the resistance of Mohammed (46), thanks to a routine catch at point from Taylor.

Greenwood from the Wakefield Road end, tried his best to spoil Edwards’ party, however was unable to remove either batsman in his next over.

Edwards then skittled out the last man with his second delivery in his ninth over, claiming what will surely be his first five wicket haul of many and ending with figures of five for 20 in 8.2 overs.

Lightcliffe again achieved maximum points and prevented their opposition from reaching three figures.

l ON Saturday Lightcliffe visit relegated Yeadon, which will be their toughest test yet, while on Sunday they host the always competitive Keighley (1.30pm).