Wilson holds his nerve to steer ‘Cliffe to victory

Lightcliffe v Brighouse. Lightcliffe batsman Jonathan Wilson.
Lightcliffe v Brighouse. Lightcliffe batsman Jonathan Wilson.

Lightcliffe progressed in the Priestley Cup competition after beating Yeadon by three wickets in a second round tie.

Chris Taylor yet again won the toss and put Yeadon in to bat and some tight bowling early on from Oliver Robinson and former Yeadon player Mahmood Rasool restricted the visitors to less than 20 runs from the first 10 overs.

Robinson was the first to strike when he removed Todd and Rasool followed up when he had Miller stumped and Elvidge was trapped in front to leave Yeadon struggling at 26 for three.

However, opener Damon Gormley (43) dug in and ensured Yeadon posted a defendable score, Tariq Mehboob (35) and Oliver Halliday (33) were the other main contributors for Yeadon. Fourteen-year-old left arm spinner Daanyaal Ahmed (four for 25) was the pick of the Lightcliffe bowlers.

Charlie Roebuck and Taylor got Lightcliffe off to flyer, but then had to rebuild after Roebuck missed a straight one and Alex Stead was adjudged lbw.

Former Yorkshire player Taylor (72) and Dave Hester (50) shared a crucial third-wicket stand of 120 as Lightcliffe moved to within sight of victory.

Both batsmen were victims of Nick Hudson (four for 19) as Lightcliffe had a few nervy moments before the calming influence of vice-captain Jonathan Wilson secured their place in the quarter-finals with the winning runs.

On Saturday Lightcliffe welcome Saltaire to Wakefield Road and Baildon on Bank Holiday Monday (both 1.30pm).

Lightcliffe’s second XI marched into the Priestley Shield quarter finals with a gutsy display at cup holders Keighley.

Late team changes could easily have disrupted things but the team stayed focused to continue their fine start to the season.

The toss proved to be crucial and after inserting the home team the onus was on accurate seam and swing bowling.

The Lightcliffe quartet of James Godden, Tom Lightfoot, Chris Hestor and Mark Whiley didn’t disappoint and backed up by some fine fielding, the bowlers quickly had last season’s Shield winners in trouble.

Godden’s spell was pacy, accurate and unplayable at times. He was rewarded with three wickets while at the other end Lightfoot bowled well, and was unlucky not to claim any victims.

Change bowlers Hestor and Whiley had a slightly higher average age than the two opening bowlers, however, their experience was telling, Whiley earning three excellent wickets while Hestor’s nagging length scooped him four wicketsleaving a total of just 65 to chase.

The early departures of Rhys Jowett, Michael Brooke, Richard Thompson, controversially, and Regan Broadbentmeant it was going to be a long haul. Consolidation arrived in the shape of Chrissy Dyer and the recalled Tom Powe. Both played straight to take the score to 26.

Then Hestor joined Powe for the match winning partnership, Powe adding a solid 19, before Lightfoot joined Hestor to ease the visitors.

Tom Powe said: “It was great to be playing again. I enjoyed it immensely and was delighted to do my bit to help secure victory.”

“A big thanks in particular to Patrick Wild who sacrificed playing for the thirds to help out at the last minute. Top effort, “ added captain Brooke.

Lightcliffe’s Sunday Section team claimed a first league victory over Blackley thanks to two personal best scores and a stat-busting unbeaten eighth wicket partnership that, despite a brave effort from the home side, saw them come up short.

Inserted on a contrasting pitch, it was unsurprising that Lightcliffe struggled early on. Jack Booth’s 16 runs were carved out of a determination to play and leave correctly and Tom Denham (29) provided more fluid strokes at the right moment. Mid-innings arrived with only 54 on the board and pundits predicting home supremacy.

The loss of five wickets in short time left the team at 98 for seven before Sam Godden (86) and 15-year-old Liam Holmes (56) exploited change bowling to produce career best scores, in an unbeaten 142 partnership.

In reply, ‘Cliffe may have been left ruing the first-ball missed opportunity to dismiss opener Fox. His 77 – punishing anything remotely short of full length- threatened to build a platform for a successful runs chase as Blackley reached 98 without loss.

Man of the Match Godden’s unbroken first change 10 over spell had batsmen hopping, but generally Lightcliffe made hard work of killing off the game before his two wickets broke the opener’s resolve - thanks to a catch in the deep from Holmes.

Home skipper Hussain’s half century, and Asif, produced a 76-run partnership which kept the game exciting before Jake Broadbent’s second spell produced sufficient full length and clean bowled success with the impetus swinging Lightcliffe’s way.

Accepting the captain’s call to complete the job, Jack Booth stepped in to bowl the final overs taking a wicket - thanks to Bruce Lunn’s second catch of the day - to see off off a spirited Blackley effort.