Lightcliffe’s 3rdXI gained revenge for last season’ s Rod Warhurst Trophy bowl-out defeatat the hands of second tier Sowerby St Peters, with another resilient performance, involving contributions from all parts of the team in a 71 run success.
Recovering from the loss of a wicket in the first over, Bruce Lunn (36) and Colin Saunders (48) built a firm base with an 85 partnership.
Perhaps ruing the spurning of some dropped catches, spinner Graham took three wickets in one over as a mini collapse threatened to de-rail the home side.
A match changing sixth wicket stand between twins Regan and Jake Broadbent put Lightcliffe in control again. Regan (66) made it two fifties in a row, while a fluid 34 for his brother, in a stand of 90 in only 14 overs, ensured the prospect of a rapid demise was banished.
Late cameos from a quality tail of chairman Steve Hartley (26no) Sam Godden and Mark Whiley (18) allowed ‘Cliffe to post a significant total of 265.
Whiley and Godden then reaffirmed their side’s control over the match with tight bowling that left St Peters 31 for two in 11 overs and behind the run rate.
A superb low catch from Patrick Wild was a highlight, but the visitors remained undaunted.
Sowerby took advantage of change bowling with 79 from Baxter in an 81 fifth wicket stand, and for a few overs the possibility of an upset was mooted.
The captain turned to Patrick Wild and the tactic finally paid dividends with a somewhat tame caught and bowled to break the partnership, signalling a gradual demise.
Sowerby made a good fist of trying to compete, going along with a seven per over rate, but the pressure to maintain such a tempo told, as Hartley’s late two for 33 brace and Wild with four for 35, thanks to another excellent low catch in the deep this time by Lunn, completed a worthy victory.
Lightcliffe will now play last season’s First Division Champions Augustinians in their third Cup Final in seasons on Sunday, June 30 at Old Crossleyand CC.
Things were looking good for Lightcliffe Seconds in their Bradford League Division One match on Saturday.
Chasing Morley’s competitive but gettable 220, Lightcliffe found themselves at 95 without loss.
However, they just came up short despite fine batting efforts from Rhyso Jowett (76), Richie Powe (33) Michael Brooke (39) and James Godden.
The run chase was on throughout the innings and needing 16 from the last over there was still hope in the camp.
However, Marcus Kelly holed out on the deep mid-wicket boundary to maintain Morley’s unbeaten start to the season.
Earlier a fine bowling and fielding performance had helped peg back the visitors after they had threatened to get away.
The pick of the LCC bowlers was Liam Collins with four for 20. He was well supported by Tom Lightfoot.
The fielding was good with Chrissy Dyer once again excelling behind the stumps.
After the game Rick Powe said: “I thought I was getting back in the groove today, but I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t see us over the line.
“ I home we get back on track next time out with a win at Bowling Old Lane.”