Lightcliffe U15s (50-9) lost to Buttershaw (109-2) by 59 runs
AFTER heavy morning rain, Lightcliffe Under-15s played positive cricket, although they were still unable to get the better of a strong Buttershaw team.
The home side started well in a Bradford Junior League Division South game reduced to 15 overs each.
Alex Kennedy took an early wicket before Buttershaw took control, finishing on 109-2 and with Robbie Heath being the only other Lightcliffe bowler to take a wicket.
The hosts were soon struggling at 8-3 with Kennedy, Billy Hartley and James Chapman all back in the pavilion early on.
John Eliot and top scorer Jack Hopkins gave Lightcliffe brief hope, although they were to finish well short of the target.
Lightcliffe enjoyed better success when taking on win-less Saltaire, who were made to work hard for their eventual total of 102.
Daanyaal Ahmed proved particularly miserly with figures of 4-2-3-0, teaming up with Liam Holm to make life very difficult for Saltaire.
Jordan Pickles also impressed when accounting for two of Saltaire’s wickets.
Lightcliffe responded brightly with 23 on the board in only four overs.
Saltaire clung on however and when Jake Broadbent was trapped lbw for 29, 18 runs were still required from four overs.
But a three from the third ball of the final over sealed a deserved triumph.