Title was ‘beyond my wildest dream’

Lightcliffe Cricket Club players with the Division Two trophy
Lightcliffe Cricket Club players with the Division Two trophy

WINNING the JCT600 Bradford League Division Two title was beyond the wildest dreams of Lightcliffe Cricket Club skipper Jonathan Wilson.

And he is already looking to next season and planning how to stay in the top flight.

But he admits his side’s success was “a bit unexpected.”

The Till Carr Lane side had gone into the double-header weekend trailing Saltaire by 11 points.

It looked as though they would have to settle for second place when they slumped to 37 for eight against Bankfoot on the Saturday.

However, youngsters Evan Edwards and Siraj Hussain batted as though their lives depended on it and then the bowlers did their work.

It was euphoria all round as they heard Saltaire had lost to Morley.

They then went on to collect 20 points on the Sunday against third-placed Great Horton to finish level on points with Saltaire but win the title with 19 victories against their 18.

Wilson, while still on an “all time high”, said that the hard work for next season had already begun.

“Winning the championship was a fabulous feeling. I told the lads all season that our greatest triumphs are not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. That is exactly what we did.”

He said they were already looking at making addition to their already strong squad.

“We will be losing James Horne to pastures new, so we have a big gap to fill on and off the pitch. There is a lot of work to do,” he said.