Wickets and runs for Stringer as Under-17s rally

Having suffered a devastating cup defeat 48 hours earlier, Lightcliffe U-17s recovered some pride with a spirited display against Buttershaw.

The visitors, near the top of the table, were generally untroubled by Lightcliffe’s early bowling and raced to 60-0.

The slow bowling of Ben Stringer recovered the situation with three wickets.

Whilst the visitors hit back, there was a run out for Anthony Ellwood and wickets for Billy Hartley and Joshua Booth to celebrate. Buttershaw closed on 130-6.

Whilst never threatening the total, the home side did find some form with the bat.

Max Gardner played a couple of good drives, but the plaudits were for man of the match Stringer, who retired on a season’s best 32 out of 54 for 7.

Lightcliffe U-15s fielded their youngest ever team at this age group and whilst never troubling leaders Cleckheaton, they showed improvemnent, especially in the field.

Harry Stobart and Joshua Booth curtailed the attacking instincts of the visitors in the opening exchanges, but it was the slower bowlers who brought results.

Anthony Ellwood took 2-24 whilst Robbie Heath found the right flight path to castle Cleckheaton captain Noble.

The youngest members of the team, Bradley Atkinson, Ben Mear and Callum Heath were all active.

A delighted Mack Smith grabbed a late brace of wickets thanks to a stumping for 10-year-old Joe Pyrah on debut as wicket keeper, and a Ben Whiteley catch. Cleckheaton finished on 133-6.

Whilst never close to challenging the visitors’, man of the match Ellwood then produced a top score of 21 as Lightcliffe finished on 49-8.

Lightcliffe U-9s were involved in another one-sided game, winning easily against Woodlands.

The opposition batted first and slipped from their starting total to 200 to 184, once runs had been deducted for 12 wickets lost.

The wickets were shared with Charlie Davy-Walker and the Barlow twins each taking two. Fielding was sharp, bowling was accurate and the celebration of each wicket increasingly flamboyant.

The gulf between the sides was very clear once Lightcliffe began batting. The opening two partnerships scored 34 and 41 respectively, and the following pairs added just short of 20 runs apiece.

Batting in partnerships was again the key to achieving another high total and there was not one, but two instances of the rarity of an all-run six.

Top scorers were Finn Brookes (21 not out) and Ben Horne (27 not out) with three other batsmen recording double figure scores.

Lightcliffe scored 309 for just two wickets and five wins out of five this season - with three league wins – means it is so far so good in defence of the trophy that they won last season.