Hard work to defeat bottom club

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LIGHTCLIFFE travelled to bottom of the table Windhill hoping for a comfortable win after a below par performance against Idle last weekend, which saw them lose only their second league game of the season.

Captain Jonathan Wilson won the toss and elected to bowl on a very damp wicket.

The hosts started well, taking advantage of some wayward bowling from Alex Stead.

At the other end, seam veteran Richard Tesseyman was thrown the new ball in the absence of injured duo Evan Edwards and Gary Severn.

His tight start brought about the breakthrough – Hussain offering a sharp chance to Grieg Godfrey at gully.

Stead was replaced by Chris Greenwood and in tandem with Tesseyman - wickets started to fall at regular intervals.

Greenwood ended with season best figures of five for 12 off his 12 overs – including seven maidens.

His subtle changes of pace were too much for the Windhill batsmen, while he bowled Nicholls with arguably the best delivery of the season so far – a ball pitching outside leg and hitting off stump.

At the other end, Tesseyman bowled with control and consistency and took four for 24 off his 15 overs.

The Windhill innings ended on 70 with Stead taking the last wicket – Holmes edging to Wilson at slip.

The visitors started poorly with Stead falling in the second over with the score on just two.

Worse was to come with both Taylor and Waterson falling in quick succession leaving Lightcliffe 10 for three.

Wilson was then joined by in-form batsman Rhys Jowett and they took the score to 31 before Wilson was bowled for 15.

Godfrey joined Jowett and the two left hander’s put on 20 for the fourth wicket before Jowett was caught behind with the score on 51.

More misery was to follow as Godfrey was bowled in the next over by a good delivery from change bowler Mohammed - leaving Lightcliffe 51 for six.

The pressure started to tell as Richard Thompson and Mark Horne came together.

The former Brighouse duo put the game to bed with a partnership of 20 - Thompson finishing the game with a cover drive for four.

“The first half of the game went to plan,” said strike bowler Tesseyman.

“However, we became a bit complacent with the low score chase and played some poor shots.”

On his own performance, he also stated “The wicket was very wet and played in to my hands.

“Over the last few years I have concentrated less on pace and more on swing and seam movement – which paid dividends today – I just hope this is enough to get selected next week.”

Lightcliffe gained 15 points from the victory and are now 10 points clear of second place Saltaire and 54 points clear of Bowling Old Lane in third.

But with a difficult double weekend to follow – playing promotion hopefuls Yeadon and Keighley – Lightcliffe know they need to improve on this performance.