Lightcliffe back to earth with a bump

Lightcliffe v Brighouse. Lightcliffe batsman Jonathan Wilson.
Lightcliffe v Brighouse. Lightcliffe batsman Jonathan Wilson.

LIGHTCLIFFE CC players were soon brought back to earth by Farsley following a run of impressive results.

Lightcliffe skipper Jocky Wilson was in confident mood, having broken his barren spell the previous Saturday, as the umpires called the captains to the middle.

Wilson won the toss again and decided his troops would have a bat first. It wasn’t long before Lightcliffe were one down when Alex Lees (0) was given out LBW.

Veteran Chris Taylor and Alex Stead began trying to set a defendable total, but runs were hard to come by though with some good old fashioned line and length bowling from Henry and in particular Laidlaw.

Stead took the decision to take on the bowlers and for a time he reaped his rewards, however shortly having passing 50 Stead was caught in the deep.

Big hitting Suleman Khan was next in, and despite finding the boundary early on Khan (13) was caught on the boundary edge.

Taylor (73) had yet again passed the 50 mark before being bowled by Henry looking to push the score on.

With Lightcliffe looking to finish with a score of over 200 several wickets fell at the close of the innings, leaving Lightcliffe defending a total of 193–8.

A change in the Farsley batting line up showed their intent, with hard hitting captain Philliskirk promoting himself to opener in a must win game for the bottom club.

Farsley had quickly raced past the 50 mark without loss. Off-spinner Josh Wheatley’s introduction resulted in the first wicket when he removed Duckworth (24).

Rashid continued the good work before he was dismissed by Khan. Philliskirk looked un-troubled and at times was clearing the boundary ropes at will. He was eventually caught out for 91 but had put his team in a winning position. Despite a few nervy moments from Farsley they passed the Lightcliffe total with six balls remaining.

On Saturday, Lightcliffe travel to second placed Cleckheaton who had Yorkshire CCC and former Hartshead Moor fast bowler Iain Wardlaw in their ranks last Saturday.

He destroyed East Bierley with a seven for 28 return to put them back in the pavilion for 80.

HOLIDAY calls severely weakened the two Hartshead Moor line ups as the Highmoor Lane-based club suffered defeats for both sides.

In the first team game in Division Two of the JCT600 Bradford League with Bankfoot they lost by 46 runs.

Andrew Marshall (46) and Neil Nicholson(40) ensured Bankfoot registered a score of 164 for eight. Nathan Madden took three for 26 for Hartshead.

In Hartshead’s reply, Marshall was also on form with the ball as he took four for 26 and Greg Coleman backed him up well with three for 26. Hartshead were all out for 118 in 30 overs.

The 2nd XI saw East Bierley score 167 in 49 overs before losing their final wicket, Cameron Bell making 52 and Dan Abbott (39). Andy Halford was Hartshead’s best bowler with three for 40.

Hartshead were skittled out for 93 in 35.2 overs in attemtpting to chase down the score, Rob Warriner taking five for 44.

BRIGHOUSE CC suffered an eight wicket defeat against Windhill who chased down their score of 141 all out in 34.1 four overs.

Zahir Hussain (52) and Will Smith (32) had worked hard to build a decent score for their bowlers to defend but there was very little support for them.

Tusef Arshad (4-40) and Hanif Khan (3-28) did the damage.

Hassan Mehmood (57 no) and Raqeeb Younis (38 no) then steered hiom the Windhill side.

Brighouse’s 2nd X1 was bowled out for 86 and Windmill then lost four batsmen in easing past the target.