Agony for Under-15s after final over drama

Batting first, Woodlands Under-13s lost an early wicket to a run out thanks to an excellent quick pick-up and throw from Ben Mears who was playing his first competitive game for Lightcliffe and he fielded well throughout.

Woodlands then put together their only substantial partnership, aided by a dropped catch and a few mis-fields before the first change bowlers slowed the scoring significantly.

James Hopwood again bowled an excellent line and length and picked up two wickets, the first caught by Anthony Elwood and the second bowled to end with 2-1 off three overs. Harrison Scothern also bowled with more pace and was rewarded when he clean bowled the Woodlands opener.

At 52-4 after 12 overs the batsmen now struggled with the low bounce to get the ball away while all the bowlers kept things straight. Mack Smith picked up an lbw and James Lunn and Bradley Atkinson both picked up late wickets, bowled, as Woodlands struggled to 71-7.

Lightcliffe didn’t get off to the best of starts as opening bowler Shiv Bhatoa found lift off a length to go with the ones that kept low. This combination accounted for both Elwood (5) and Jude Roberts (2), both bowled, leaving Lightcliffe 18-2 after five overs.

Skipper Lunn and Atkinson then knuckled down and, with seven overs left, they needed 18 to win with 8 wickets in hand.

However, Woodlands leg-spinner Harry Metcalfe bowled his team back into it by picking up four wickets for only three runs. Atkinson and Joe Pyrah went with Lunn (12) top edging a leg-side full toss to backward point. Mack Smith went next ball to leave Lightcliffe 58-6.

Suddenly, 10 runs were needed from three overs before a maiden over, including the loss of Harrison Scothern, run out for 1, made it 10 from two. Hopwood was bowled at the beginning of the 19th over but four wides and a bye took the target down to five off the last over.

After Ben Mearswas run out, four runs were required with one wicket left. But Max Barron was run out on the last ball, his side three runs short.