Nothing can separate Lightcliffe from Morley in thrilling contest

Lighcliffe CC'sJonathan Wilson scored a vital 26 against Morley.
Lighcliffe CC'sJonathan Wilson scored a vital 26 against Morley.

Lightcliffe were tied up, as the points were shared in a dramatic game at Morley.

At 65-7 batting first, the hosts were in all sorts of trouble. Pace ace Johnny Whiteoak had ripped the top order apart, with great support from spin twins Suliman Khan and Dan Ahmed.

Wicket keeper Luke Henieman led the revival, well-supported by veteran Colin Nuthall. They took the score to 173, always a challenge on the tricky Scatcherd Lane surface.

The reply from the Lightcliffe side faltered, with Alex Stead an early departure.

Chris Taylor and Iain Philliskirk consolidated, with the latter particularly fluent. However, the bowlers got on top mid-innings and the quick departures of Philliskirk and Khan left the visitors reeling.

Taylor and Rhys Jowett battled on but, with the wicket turning, run-scoring was tricky. The game turned on the departure of Taylor and, with Jowett soon following, the game was swaying in Morley’s direction.

A neat 26 from Jonathan Wilson gave hope though and, with Rob Burton finding a crucial boundary, five were needed from the last over.

However, the visitors had to settle for a tie when Mark Horne was run out off the last ball.

Wilson said: “It was a great game of cricket for the neutral, but gutted to only tie. The mood in the camp remains upbeat and confident.”

Regan Broadbent’s superb 67 helped Lightcliffe 2nds to a fantastic home Premier League victory against an experienced Morley outfit.

Chasing the visitors’ 146, Broadbent looked in control from ball one, playing delightful drives on both sides of the wicket.

His 75-run partnership with Chris Dyer, with the hosts wobbling on 40-4, turned the game in their side’s favour.

Dyer batted with class and control, moving the ball nicely around the field to keep the scoreboard ticking over. When he went for 29, the job was almost complete and Broadbent eventually fell for 67, the first time he had hit the bal in the air.

It was left to Alex Kennedy and Thommy Powe to knock off the runs, both hitting lovely boundaries.

Earlier, an excellent bowling and fielding display had pegged back Morley after they had threatened to get away.

Brilliant catches by Chris Hill and Broadbent helped back the bowlers up on a Rod Heyhoe belter of a wicket.

There were some fine bowling performances.

Max Gardner bowled with pace, Hill with niggly accuracy and Alex Kennedy (3-44) spun his away to three good wickets.

There was another quality display from Shoaib Hassan, who seems to get better every week.

The pick of the bowlers was arguably Powe. Taking pace off the ball, he mixed his pace astutely to grab three important wickets for just 10 runs..

Samuel Medley (30), Kriss Watts (32) and Richard Winn (37) batted well for Morley.

A top team Lightcliffe display, with contributions from many players.

Fixtures for Saturday: (all 1pm wickets pitched).

All Rounder Bradford Cricket League, Premier League: Lightcliffe v Hanging Heaton, Scholes v Pudsey St Lawrence. Premier League for second teams: Hanging Heaton v Lightcliffe.

Championship B: Carlton v Brighouse, Hartshead Moor v Wrenthorpe. Championship A for second teams: Ossett v Scholes, Brighouse v Cleckheaton.

Championship B for second teams: Wrenthorpe v Hartshead Moor.

Drakes Huddersfield League Championship: Meltham v Rastrick.