Rollercoaster of a season ends on a positive as Lunn’s off-break gives Under-13s something to smile about

Lightcliffe U13s (92-7) lost to Pudsey Congs (160-4) by 68 runs

Lightcliffe U13’s bowling was plundered in defeat at Pudsey Congs as a lacklustre Bradford Junior Cricket League South Division display saw them go down to a 68-run defeat.

Fielding first, Lightcliffe put in a tired end-of-term performance with the ball and in the field, especially where a number of singles were mis-fielded for boundaries.

From the start the home team were more alert, taking a single when the opportunity was offered and striking the odd boundary to keep the score ticking over.

Owen Thomas did pick up a wicket, caught at mid-wicket by Matthew Denman with the score on 40 in the seventh over but this only brought in another batsman who immediately upped the tempo with a rapid 30.

His retirement and a wicket for Sam Harrison, caught by Bradley Atkinson in his midriff at mid-on, with the score on 85, revived hopes, but these were dashed as Congs added 75 runs from the remaining eight overs.

Facing a final score of 160-4, Lightcliffe had an uphill task, and although Harrison made a bright start, striking two good looking boundaries, he soon fell caught low down at cover as he drove for 10.

Denman went soon after, bowled for 0, and when this was quickly followed by the wickets of Thomas,-also bowled without scoring, and thereafter Jude Roberts caught at short cover first ball, Lightcliffe stood at 15 for 4.

However, Joshua Booth (33) and Ed Wardle (17) stood firm before Lightcliffe closed on 92 for 7.

Lightcliffe U13s (162-1) beat Saltaire (84-3) by 78 runs

Opening pair James Lunn and Matthew Denman made a steady starts. Denman pushed the score along before retiring for 31 in the eighth over with James Lunn falling soon after, bowled by a ball that kept low, for 12, to make it 59-1.

Owen Thomas and Ben Whiteley added 55 in eight overs. Thomas retired for 32 while Whiteley finished on 19 not out. Jude Roberts ensured there was no slackening of the tempo in the final overs as he made a quick fire 18 in a final total of 162-1.

In the field, Lightcliffe rotated the bowlers but, after a early run out, courtesy of an accurate throw by Harrison Scothern off his own bowling, Saltaire’s second-wicket pair proved difficult to dislodge.

Lunn eventually made the breakthrough with a well flighted off-break. However, despite an ever more attacking field, only one more wicket was to fall, bowled by Roberts, as Saltaire closed on 84 for 3.

This final victory made sure the Under-13s stayed in credit in what has been a bit of an up and down season.