Three in a row for thirds

LIGHTCLIFFE third team made it three from three in the Rod Warhurst Trophy Group B, in a game they dominated against lower division Greetland.

James Godden made the first breakthrough with a gully catch by Bruce Lunn.

Sam Kalanovic had his best display for the seniors with two for eight off seven overs.

Regan Broadbent celebrated his last day as a 12-year-old, with his first senior victim behind the stumps.

Then Kalanovic’s run and throw from behind the bowling end produced an excellent run-out.

Meanwhile, a late innings cameo from a middle order batsman with a unique “pick-axe handle” batting grip, trashed Mark Whiley’s otherwise tight bowling stats.

Mick Wood managed to deny himself a bowl with a run out, to allow an early tea break.

Wind and eventual fine weather transformed the pitch into a benign practice strip, which meant the Lightcliffe batting had little to test them, requiring only 19 overs to achieve their target of 97.

The main threat came from Saunders (26 no).

An uncharacteristic straight drive was touched on the stumps by the bowler, Lunn, backing up, was forced to depart for 18.