Moor crumble in derby clash

LIGHTCLIFFE made the short trip to Hartshead Moor, where the same JCT600 Bradford League Division Two fixture last season ended in defeat for the visitors.

This time it was different as Hartshead decided to bat but were undone on 14.

Richard Tesseyman nipped one back and trapped Graham Hilton in front.

In the next over young Evan Edwards removed two batsmen in two balls to leave Hartshead at 14 – 3.

A partnership of 18 was broken with another beauty from Tesseyman before Edwards struck again.

Then left arm spinner Chris Greenwood and medium fast pace Alex Stead took wickets regularly with Greenwood taking three and Stead two as Moor were out for 97.

Opening for Lightcliffe were Josh Wheatley and Chris Taylor, playing through the pain barrier after a hamstring tear the previous weekend. Wheatley reached eight when he missed a straight one from Riley.

Alex Stead was soon off the mark though when he tucked away a full toss for four.

Stead and Taylor continued and the target of 98 was achieved in a little over 20 overs and for the loss of only one wicket.

Tesseyman said: “My form has not been up to my usual standards and I have been mulling over the idea of shortening my run up or even bowling spin. I decided to go with my tried and trusted formula.

“It all came together and I found my rhythm immediately and in my eight over spell I only bowled two bad balls.”