Lightcliffe ease past Morley

Lightcliffe moved up to seventh in the All Rounder Bradford League Premier Division table with a seven-wicket victory over Morley.

Batting first, Morley posted a challenging 203-8 thanks to Matthew Baxter with 60, Kasif Naveed (46), Colin Nuthall (30) and Kriss Watts (25).

Suleman Khan (3-61) and Johnny Whiteoak (3-63) were Lightcliffe’s chief wicket takers backed up by Sam Gardner and Rob Burton.

Lightcliffe’s reply was superbly led by Iain Philliskirk, playing his best innings of the season so far, hitting 88 runs. Skipper Alex Stead bagged his fifth half century of the campaign as he went on to score 62. Former skipper Jonathan Wilson also saw his side over the line with 44 not out.

Lightcliffe 2nds earned a convincing and deserved win at Morley.

Skipper Michael Brooke asked the home team to bat first on a drying wicket and a moist outfield.

The decision paid off as Max Gardner picked up two early victims in an impressive new-ball spell with Shoaib Hassan. Tom Powe picked up three excellent wickets in a useful spell. He was backed up by Jordan Pickles and Alex Kennedy. Gardner returned to claim a deserved five-wicket haul, his first for Lightcliffe, as home side were all out for 164, with Samuel Medley hitting 63.

The run chase was never in doubt. The revitalised Richard Thompson hit a neat 34 in an opening stand of 73 with Brooke. James Horne played nicely for 40, and when he fell, and Brooke was out for 69, the job had been done. It was left to Alex Tait to hit the winning runs for the six-wicket victory. Roshan Patel took 3-3 for Morley.

Brooke said: “It was a fantastic team performance and a deserved win. We will now look to kick on and have a second half of the season to remember.”