Seconds bail out, firsts at least start

Lightcliffe CC. Chris Taylor.
Lightcliffe CC. Chris Taylor.

IT was another wet Saturday locally and further afield for that matter, rather summing up a damp, dreary, grey season.

The mood at Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, for the club’s second team fixture, was not to wait around, and delay the inevitable.

So after a quick pitch inspection the captains and umpires shook hands and called it a day.

This was despite the hard work of groundsman Rod Heyhoe, who had been present since early morning to try and get a game on.

Player Richard Tesseyman said: “It looked an inviting green wicket on which to display my seam and swing skills. If we had waited around until 4.30pm we might have had a chance of play. Gutted is an understatement. I will be like a caged tiger by Saturday, so my message to the Woodlands’ batters is ‘watch out’.”

Over at Moor End, Cleckheaton, the prospects of play were better. The skipper made a few changes and invited in-form Jocky Wilson to bat at number three.

This decision paid off as Wilson played nicely for his 28 on a wicket favourable to bowlers.

There were other useful contributions from Chris Taylor, the re-called Matty Taylor and big hitter Mark Horne.

The game had been reduced to 30 overs a side, so 128 was a competitive score.

The reply had just got going when the heavens opened again and that was that.

Jocky Wilson said: “What a miserable day for cricket. The forecasters have predicted a decent September and October, which is typical.

“I cannot ever remember so many games being washed out.

“Only three games to go now. This season has flown by.”

BOTH of the Brighouse Cricket Club’s games were abandoned without a ball being bowled, the first team against Gomersal and the seconds to Bankfoot.

Hartshead Moor, only two miles from where there second team were set to play at Lightcliffe and a mile up the hill from Brighouse’s ground as the crow flies, almost got their game in with Morley.

Batting first the Scatcherd Lane side scored 176 for five in 30 overs with Mathew Baxter hitting 70 not out and Kashif Naveed 59. George Saville was Hartshead’s best bowler with three for 60.

Hartshead in reply had 62 for the loss of two wickets from 12 overs when the rains finally came to see them off to the pavilion.

RASTRICK Cricket Club’s weekly coaching and net sessions for their juniors at 6pm on a Friday end tomorrow evening for this season.

The under-nines have just missed out on the top eight play-offs in the 20-strong Saturday morning Huddersfield Junior League but are awaiting a date for their quart-final tie with Pudsey Congs in the Bradford Junior League.

Both the club’s two senior Saturday sides failed to complete a game last Saturday, although the first team did get into bat at Cawthorne before the rains came in the Barnsley area.