Dazzling knock from Stead can’t deny Cleckheaton

Lightcliffe's Jonathan Whiteoak
Lightcliffe's Jonathan Whiteoak

Lightcliffe crashed to a five-wicket defeat at home to Cleckheaton in a match reduced to 30 overs.

The hosts posted a competitive 185 thanks to a dazzling 89 not out from skipper Alex Stead who had opened with Michael Brooke in the continued absence of Chris Taylor, the former Yorkshire and Derbyshire opener.

He was well supported by Jocky Wilson’s 41, Suliman Khan’s 22 and Brooke’s 17. Sam Wilson, with 3-32, was the visitors’ best bowler.

The visitors were soon in trouble thanks to pace ace Johnny Whiteoak’s pacy spell.

At 90-5 they were well and truly on the racks.

However, Michael Nicholson (68 not out) and Mohammed Khan (37) hit the ball to all parts of the ground in a wonderful display of batting to ease home with four wickets and two overs to spare.

Stead said: “I’m gutted, but we go again this weekend.

“It’s the Scholes double header and how we need the points and also to move into the semi-finals.

“We want to enjoy a bumper crowd on Sunday week at Wakefield Road for the visit of the league leaders Pudsey St Lawrence.”

Lightcliffe 2nd XI lost out by 65 runs at Yeadon.

Fantastic bowling spells from Jordan Pickles and Tom Powe restricted the home team to 176 in a 40-over encounter.

Ryan Heptinstall (61) top-scored and was given good support by Andrew Pickering who chipped in with a well-paced 47.

The impresive Powe finished with figures off 3-41 from 12 overs, while Pickles finished with 3-52.

In reply, Richie Thompson led the way with 38 and other players chipped in, but with Ryan Mooney on fire with the ball for the hosts – finishing with 5-10 off 4.2 overs – the visitors were all out for 111.

They have a chance to get back on track and pick up vital points when they face basement club Undercliffe on Saturday at Wakefield Road.