Tight bowling and solid fielding are enough to take juniors into final

Lightcliffe's 'Jake Broadbent hits the ball
Lightcliffe's 'Jake Broadbent hits the ball

Lightcliffe U17s (124-7) beat Buttershaw (96-8) by 28 runs

Lightcliffe U17s have been leaving their best performances for the cup and an ultimately comfortable victory against a young but talented Buttershaw team was a credit to their all-round performance, especially in the second half of the Bradford Junior League U17 semi-final tie.

Lightcliffe chose to bat and got off to a good start with Jack Booth’s cover drive firing well. His dismissal for 19 with the score on 40 was a little surprising.

This brought together the team’s backbone, twins Regan and Jake Broadbent, but Buttershaw’s bowling was of a high standard and Jake departed too swiftly.

Daanyaal Ahmed and Regan restored a five-per-over tempo with a selection of shots and rapid running, until Broadbent was undone by a direct strike from deep square leg, run out for 32. Ahmed went for 23 and when Alex Kennedy found deep square leg first ball, the innings for a moment looked rocky.

Liam Holmes dug in, and along with Jordan Pickles, used the last five overs to put on another 31 runs.

A par score, 124, some felt. Matthew Sumpner struck in his first over and his partner Ahmed’s typically tight spell produced a squeeze on Buttershaw’s top order.

Pickles chose his moment to produce his best form with his new found off-breaks.

Jake Broadbent and Ahmed both made skiers look comfortable, as Buttershaw hit out in a vain attempt to up the run-rate, to give Pickles cabest figures of 5-18.

Two catches for Regan Broadbent, to give Shoaib Hassan his reward, was capped by a quality team fielding performance, where John Eliot and Billy Hartley contributed.