Lower order collapse sees 3rd XI beaten by Illingworth

Lightcliffe 3rd XI’s policy of fielding a mix of youth and experience will continue, despite defeat to Illingworth in the Halifax Sunday League Division One victory.

Jake Broadbent took an early wicket before Illingworth’s Iqbal – supported by No 3 Ali – introduced some effective hitting.

Initially the visitors were on top in the first seven overs, as an excellent catch on the run at cover by Jack Booth gave Jake Broadbent a wicket.

But Matthew Sumpner broke the partnership when he entices an edge from Iqbal, which was superbly caught at second slip by Jack Booth, low down to his right.

John Eliot got in among the wickets too, with Jordan Pickles proving a handful for the visiting batsmen, the youngster eventually capturing the wicket of Ali.

Teenager Owen Thomas bagged a victim, while Sumpner returned to the attack to bowl oppoising captain Watson.

Lightcliffe, however, were soon in trouble in their reply, slipping to 13-2 with veterans Lunn and Saunders back in the pavilion,.

But a methodical third-wicket partnership of 111 by Jack Booth and Jake Broadbent turned the match in the home side’s favour until the former was dismissed for 53.

Alex Kennedy was promoted to support Broadbent, and the pair put on 61 to take Lightcliffe to within range.

The return of opener Ali to the bowling attack, however, along with the other senior player Iqbal, turned the game for Illingworth.

At 185-3 and requiring 40 from eight overs things looked positive, but Kennedy departed for 26 to a leading edge and within a couple of overs Broadbent failed to read the slower ball to depart for 82.

The demise was terminal as Lightcliffe lost their next seven wickets in seven overs thanks to some good, quick medium bowling.

It was a harsh lesson for the generally young home side, but it can only be hoped that the disappointment will be turned into a positive, and they will be richer for the experience. The youngsters are the fuel on which the club’s senior teams will run on.