Contrasting fortunes as Lightcliffe follow defeat with Baildon success

Cricket - Lightcliffe v Baildon.'Dave Hester bats for Lightcliffe.
Cricket - Lightcliffe v Baildon.'Dave Hester bats for Lightcliffe.

Lightcliffe’s first team suffered contrasting fortunes with a disappointing defeat followed by a gutsy win.

On Saturday they crashed to basement team Bradford and Bingley; two days later they bounced back to see off Baildon.

Their total on Saturday was a useful one, considering at one stage Chris Taylor’s men were 60 for five.

A fine innings from Sully Khan and Olly Robinson steadied the ship which ensured a competitive total thanks also to some lusty late blows from wicketkeeper Mark Horne.

With the wicket drying, Saltaire chased down the runs with ease despite another fine bowling performance from Sully Khan, an outstanding catch from Alex Stead and some excellent ground fielding from Moody Rasool.

After Taylor won yet another toss on Monday, it was a case of run accumulation on a belter of a wicket.

Charlie Roebuck set the tempo with a quickfire 50; Taylor backed it up with 32 before Sully Khan and Alex Stead produced some delightful strokeplay, both finishing just short of unbeaten centuries.

Baildon got off to flyer, but the turn and skill of spinners Khan, Dan Ahmed and Josh Wheatley ensured the points went to the home team.

Lightcliffe’s second team had a good holiday weekend, recording two wins in Division One of the Bradford League reserve team competition.

At Yeadon on Saturday they bowled the home team out for 57.

Lightcliffe turned up with a strong seam bowling attack and quickly had the opposition on the back foot.

James Godden was particularly impressive and returned figures of five for17 while the fielding was exceptional.

Lightcliffe had earlier posted 160.

After the dismissal of Rhys Jowett, Michael Brooke and Chris Dyer pushed the score to over 80 before Dyer was lbw for a valuable 33.

Brooke went on to make 53, and with useful contributions from Tom Powe, Evan Edwards and Marcus Kelly, the team enjoyed their victory.

Things were not quite as easy at Baildon on Monday and a tense finish ensued after it looked that Lightcliffe were heading for a big win.

Chasing 224, Baildon had slumped to 107 for eight and it appeared to be all over.

However, Mubasher Khan and Dan Metcalfe had other thoughts and produced a determined stand of 97 which only ended when Metcalfe was run out with the score on 204. The innings ended on 206, 18 short of Lightcliffe’s total.

Tom Lightfoot was the pick of the bowlers with of four for53 while third team bowler Liam Holmes made a promising debut and grabbed two wickets.

The Lightcliffe innings was, after an opening stand of 44, built around a fine 83 not out from Mick Wood.

He was well supported by the talented 16-year-old Liam Collins(45) and 17-year-old Patrick Wild who made 38 in only seven overs.

Both showed a maturity beyond their years and timed the ball splendidly to all parts of the ground.