Oliver hits out as Lightcliffe secure victory in Priestley Cup showdown

Actions from the Priestley Cup Cricket, Lightcliffe v Woodlands at Lightcliffe CC.
Actions from the Priestley Cup Cricket, Lightcliffe v Woodlands at Lightcliffe CC.

There was a thrilling finish on the Sunday at Lightcliffe where the home side beat League champions Woodlands by two wickets to move in to the semi finals of the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup, thanks mainly to a magnificent innings from Oliver Robinson.

He was unbeaten on 99 as Lightcliffe secured victory with two balls to spare. Robinson struck 12 fours in a 97-ball innings that rescued his side from 53-5 as they replied to a Woodlands score of 205-8.

Robinson was supported in two key partnerships by Jonathan Wilson and Mark Horne. Robinson and Wilson (21) started the revival with a sixth-wicket stand of 72, then Horne joined Robinson in an eighth-wicket alliance of 65 which put their side in reach of their target.

Off-spinner Grant Soames took 3-29 and Sam Frankland (3-65) but they couldn’t prevent Lightcliffe from pulling off a memorable win.

Skipper Adam Patel led from the front as Manningham Mills moved into third place with an 80-run JCT600 Bradford Cricket League Division One win at Lightcliffe.

Patel produced a superb innings of 102 not out which enabled Mills to make 264-5. Patel’s century included two sixes and 11 fours.

Openers Adal Islam (41) and Farhan Khan (40) had provided the platform for their skipper and overseas player Noman Ali (35) to capitalise.

Off-spinner Josh Wheatley (3-73) was the most successful bowler for Lightcliffe who were bowled out for 184 in reply.

Opener Charles Roebuck blasted two sixes and 12 fours in his 82 while Suleman Khan (33) was the only other batsman to challenge the grip exerted by Zeeshan Qasim (4-44) and Ali (3-48).

On Saturday Lightcliffe travel to Pudsey to take on St Lawrence.