It’s century time again for Matt

LIGHTCLIFFE travelled to newly relegated Yeadon, a team who have expectations of a quick return to Division One, for the first of their weekend games.

The visitors started fairly poorly with some wayward bowling leaving Yeadon to get off to a flyer with 22 runs quickly on the board.

Alex Stead struck in the fourth over with a fine caught and bowled to give him with his first Lightcliffe wicket since his nine-year stint at Pudsey St Lawrence.

Yeadon continued to score with ease, however a tight spell from Umar Umar Salim and Chris Greenwood saw the run rate pegged back, and Yeadon were 150 – 7 with Lightcliffe confident of wrapping up the innings.

Oliver Halliday had other ideas and he bludgeoned 56 not out to leave Yeadon with an impressive score of 230 for eight. Stead was the pick of the Lightcliffe attack, finishing with four wickets.

The Lightcliffe innings started brightly with the score quickly moving to 36 in just eight overs.

But Chris Taylor was caught behind, and Stead was out leg before the next ball.

Josh Wheatley, Wilson and Salim were soon to follow leaving the locals reeling at 51 for five.

Things did not to pick up and Godfrey, Lunn and Horne had soon departed leaving Matt Taylor with yet another partner, Evan Edwards and the score at 87 for eight.

Taylor is now free from injury following several hip operations during the close season, and was driving the ball to all parts and with Edwards growing in confidence too with every passing ball.

With only one ball to spare and despite the home captain being more intent on stopping the hundred than trying to earn extra bowling points, Taylor managed to hit a boundary and take his total to 101 not out.

Edwards finished with an equally great knock of 30 not out.

Lightcliffe ended on 191 for eight and despite the defeat can take a lot positives from how they finished.

Matt Taylor said after the game: “What a great feeling to score three figures again.

“It’s been four years since my last and I thought this day would never come again."