Easy win for U17s

JACOB Waterson, Tom Lightfoot and Kris Sharples were to the fore at St Paul’s Avenue, Wibsey, as Lightcliffe U17s blasted their opponents Buttershaw with first bat, then ball. to win by 44 runs.

A quic fire unbeaten 67 by Waterson was supported well by James Godden (16) and Joe Greenwood (17no) to set a challenging total of 110 for four.

Lightfoot (two for three) and Sharples (three for five) then demolished the top order of the Buttershaw batting, leaving them two wickets down without score and then 11 for five.

Further wickets for Marcus Kelly and Matthew Barnes, pinning St Pauls on 66 for nine, meant the result was never in doubt, and sent Cliffe back towards the top of the table.

l STAND-IN captain Jasper Ayrton led from the front with an unbeaten 52, as Lightcliffe U15s bounced back with a season’s best batting performance after the previous week’s collapse.

Woodlands, asked to bat on a damp pitch, did not have things their own way.

Eleven-year-old leg-spinner Alex Kennedy, making his debut, and Matthew Barnes helped put the brakes on proceedings, the former eventually having Hussain caught by James Hodkinson for 47.

A late run out by Jake Broadbent could not however avoid a large target of 140 for two being set.

Ayrton applied himself, in a fault-free innings which included eight fours and two sixes. Then the Barnes twins, Matthew and Robert, provided steady foils, but without the ability to generate the required run rate.

Jack Booth (13 no) and Jake Broadbent (21) batted well in a partnership of 35 from the last five overs as Woodlands pegged them on 107 for four.

l THE weather abated at critical periods to allow Lightcliffe’s U13A team to complete a 59-runs victory over East Bierley.

Jordan Pickles and Jack Booth dominated the Bierley bowling, rattling up 34 run in only five overs, before Pickles was bowled for 27.

Regan Broadbent then joined Booth in a 45 partnership before the latter was out for 28.

Broadbent was unbeaten on 31as they reached 123 for six.

William Powell and James Hodkinson struck early, the former with a boundary edge catch from Jake Broadbent.

Jordan Pickles found himself with an unsuccessful hat-trick opportunity after only three balls.

A run out by Booth, in addition to two catches, a wicket for Jake Broadbent and a leg before for Thomas and the game was almost over at 36-7.

Under-11 players George Hodkinson and James Lathom-Sharp contributed with ball, before the game was ended by Alex Dickie with two last over wickets and Bierley were out for 69.

l THINGS started smoothly for Lightcliffe’s under-nines, Joshua Booth taking two for five in his three overs and Ben Whiteley another wicket.

Gradually, however, the wide count increased and with Buttershaw losing only three wickets a “par” score of 252 was achieved.

Lightcliffe’s response was positive. Henry Smith’s aerial bombardment of fielders with his shots paid dividends, while Ben Whiteley waited for the correct ball to play his pull shot, with profit. Both players made double figures to give the team a solid platform.

Unfortunately, the wicket count deteriorated rapidly, leaving last pair Thomas and Booth with a difficult challenge of 34 runs for victory in their four overs.

Had Booth not been well caught on the boundary with the penultimate ball of the game, Lightcliffe would have fallen just two short of this feat.