Lightcliffe Seconds put in a gutsy performance to bowl over Bowling Old Lane and climb back into the top four of the Division One competition.
On a damp wicket, skipper for the day Richard Thompson had no hesitation in inserting the visitors.
He was rewarded with fine opening spells from Tom Lightfoot and Jimmy Godden. Lightfoot scalped three wickets, while Godden was unlucky to go wicketless.
Marcus Kelly got a wicket with his first delivery and veteran Chris Hestor had Old Lane in all sorts of trouble with his nagging line and length. He earned his second five wicket haul of the season so far.
It was a dire start to the reply when Steve Hartley, Liam Collins and Chris Dyer all went cheaply.
However, the experience of Thompson and the strokeplay of the in-form Regan Broadbent steadied the ship.
When Broadbent went for a compact 37, it was left to Hestor and Thompson to carry the seconds to victory. Thompson finished unbeaten on a quality 65, with Hestor earning more stripes with a 37 not out. A tremendous victory which keeps the twos looking in the right direction.
After the game Chris Hestor said: “That was a fine team performance.”
On Saturday the the 2nd XI entertain Farsley, while on Sunday Hanging Heaton are the visitors in the quarter final of the Priestley Shield.
Lightcliffe’s 3rd XI continued their rich vein of form with victory over Triangle, played for the second time in a fortnight (due to 1st XI Cup commitment for both teams) at the scenic and compact environs of Luddenden Foot CC.
Presented with a green and wet pitch and with a team containing a strong seam bowling element, captain Bruce Lunn gratefully accepted the opportunity to bowl.
Unsurprisingly Triangle did not thrive against openers Mark Whiley and Sam Godden, both of whom came close on occasions despite dampness underfoot and when Whiley final took a return catch Lightcliffe anticipated a profitable afternoon.
The home side however hit back with a selection of shots, but eventually succumbed to the now familiar flight of young Alex Kennedy.
Showing resilience to being hit out of the small field, the leg spinner picked up another four wickets aided by a couple of victims behind the stumps by the ageing Kevin Booth.
Veteran John Moore ensured the youngster didn’t have it his own way with a pugnacious top score of 32 for the team from the Ryburn Valley.
The return of Sam Kalanovic, resplendent in University of Hull regalia, nailed any aspirations Triangle had however of building a big total. Bowling with pace and swing and finding the occasional “snorter”, his two wickets broke a 44 stand and produced a rapid demise.
Kieran Collins, 13, took only four balls, in which time he wrapped pads twice, the second with success, to end the innings.
At 5-3 the game had a different flavour, but a 43 stand by Tom Denham and Bruce Lunn looked to have re-enforced their dominance. Two decisions that to put it mildly were unfortunate, again knocked the visitors and at 64-5 a slight element of doubt crept in.
Sam Godden’s occupation of the crease was brief and emphatic. With Kevin Booth happy to shore up one end to ensure no further slip-ups, Godden despatched any loose ball to a selection of points around the field in a 66 partnership in only eight overs and a match winning knock of 54no.
In Sunday’s Brighouse CC Annual Workshops continuation of first round games, Brighouse Rangers ARLFC took on much fancied Dusty Miller, resplendent in their corporate yellow polo shirts kindly sponsored by landlord Rob Wilde.
The game was overshadowed by the sad news of Rangers’ stalwart Brian Hinchliffe’s sad passing earlier that day and as the club flag flew at half mast, both teams joined club regulars in a minute’s silence to show their respect for a true gentleman.
Rangers batted first and were really up for the challenge. Former coach and professional Alex Muff led the way before retiring on 50 runs and was well supported by assistant rugby coach Craig Young with 14 and veteran Nigel Briggs on 16.
Rangers posted a decent total of 137 for 4 off the allotted 20 overs. A hamstring injury to opener Simeon Riach severely hampered Dusty’s response and when Darren Bradley was caught by Proctor off Mark Vento’s bowling, Dusty found themselves 10 for 3 and in trouble.
Captain Nigel Pickles and son Chris steadied the ship for a while but they could not cope with the Rangers bowling attack. Gary Proctor, Briggs, Vento and Lee Robson all weighed in with two wickets apiece to skittle Dusty out for only 43 with eight overs left.
This Friday evening (6.30) sees the re-arranged game between CES and Hindle Gears, with Railway taking on Brighouse Sports Soccer Dads at 1pm on Sunday.