Hot Roebuck rips up ‘Cliffe’s record for runs made

Pudsey St Lawrence v Lightcliffe Priestley Cup sun 14th july 2013'Alex Stead of Laightcliffe hits runs
Pudsey St Lawrence v Lightcliffe Priestley Cup sun 14th july 2013'Alex Stead of Laightcliffe hits runs

Club records were set for Lightcliffe CC as the 1stXI beat Saltaire at Roberts Park.

It was a one man show in the first half of the game as Charlie Roebuck posted an immense score of 170, comfortably his highest for the club and also beating the previous highest Lightcliffe First XI individual score of 159* set by former Indian test star Mohammed Kaif against Salts in 1999.

Opener Roebuck was in blistering form as he smashed six sixes and 18 fours in a stunning innings of 170 which helped his side post a score of 268.

Especially strong on the leg side, Roebuck started as he meant to go on playing his shots from the first over and bringing 50 up in only 30 balls.

To put the knock in context, Saltaire opted to bowl first on a soft pitch that always gave seamers and spinners assistance.

Indeed, the rest of his teammates accumulated a hefty 78 runs to raise the total to one which looked unbeatable at the tea interval.

Tuseif Arshad (4-55) and Ijaz Khan (3-61) were Saltaire’s best bowlers.

Saltaire started brightly and had reached 113–3 before Saltaire were sent spinning to 129 all out by Lightcliffe’s slow left-armer Suleman Khan who took 7-26 and was virtually unplayable at times.

Opener Tinashe Gomwe (36) was Saltaire’s top scorer. Saltaire are rooted firmly in the bottom two along with Baildon, the club Lightcliffe travel to on Saturday.

Lightcliffe Seconds marched on in Division One with a breezy 50-run win against Nick Darfield’s Yeadon.

With a bit of moisture about, Andy Pickering had no hesitation in inserting the hosts.

And the decision was rewarded when skipper Michael Brooke fell LBW to a swinging spearing Darfield delivery.

Consolidation was led by Rhys Jowett and Liam Collins. The latter fell for a pleasing 21 and Richard Thompson played a couple of mouth watering shots in his 15.

The innings was built around Jowett’s fine 80, with Evan Edwards playing some lovely cricket strokes in an entertaining 39 not out. Everyone else chipped in to get the score a competitive look.

Edwards steamed in with the new ball to uproot two Yeadon players. Jimmy Godden joined the party and with Tom Lightfoot, Chrissy Hester and Marcus Kelly all getting wickets this was a real team effort.

It was Kelly who earned the plaudits with four victims. Once again the fielding was excellent with Chrissy Dyer impressing behind the stumps. His stumping to seal the victory was up there with the best. This was the seconds fifth win in a row, consolidating them in second place.

After the game Marcus Kelly said: “It was great to be back in the fold. I was delighted to be thrown the ball and enjoyed my four wickets. We are playing some great cricket and little wonder we are attracting some good support at home.”

Rastrick CC after a couple of good wins came a cropper at Huddersfield League Conference League leaders Moorlands, losing by 225 runs.

The Mirfield side batted first and posted a huge 285 for six, with opener A. Fortis scoring 84, his opening colleague M. Rounding 52, middle order batsman C. Lloyd 69 and A. Roberts carried his bat for 50.

Only youngster Bradley Birkhead, who is interesting several top flight clubs in the Huddersfield League, reached double figures with 15 as his side capitulated for 60 all out in 17 overs.

*The Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League Sykes Cup Final between Shepley and Hoylandswaine takes place this Sunday at Elland Cricket Club, wickets pitched at 1pm.

Its a 50-overs-a-side contest and each bowler can only bowl 10 overs.