Kelly puts visitors to the sword

Liam Kelly of Illingworth CC
Liam Kelly of Illingworth CC
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Illingworth continued their impressive start in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe League with a convincing win over visiting Ilkley side Olicanian. Electing to bat first the Jammy Green men lost James Lawton with only six on the board.

Skipper Luke Brooksby promoted himself up the order and rattled up 21 off only 23 balls before hitting across the line and being bowled.

James Whiteley and Alex Ledger pushed the score up to 72 before Whiteley was stumped for 34.

At 79 for three at drinks the home side looked to be in charge, but when Ledger fell for 20 in the next over and Robertshaw almost immediately after, the game took on a different complexion at 84 for five.

Callum Cook, riding his luck, bolstered his side with a breezy 44 containing eight fours, but when he was clean bowled trying to force one on the leg side the tail quickly folded, Illingworth losing their last four wickets for just 11 runs to give their opponents two extra overs and a target of 158.

Liam Kelly then tore into the opposition and struck the stumps with only his third delivery. Worse was to follow for the visitors as Kelly struck again in his next over and when Alex Ledger trapped the other opener lbw in his next over with one that kept a little low, Olicanian were reduced to five for three.

The visitors looked to be edging their way out of trouble when Kelly struck again this time with two in two as they slumped to 21 for five with Kelly still not having conceded a run.

Hashmi looked to be trying to hit his team out of trouble as he struck Ledger for eight in two balls, but the Illingworth man had the last laugh as he clean bowled him next ball and the game was all but over when Kelly again hit the stumps to have the visitors in a stranglehold at 34 for seven.

Brooksby replaced the tiring Ledger and swept away the Olicanian tail with three wickets in just 17 deliveries, but it was Kelly’s day as he celebrated the home win with the quite remarkable figures of nine overs nine maidens and five wickets for no runs as Olicanian were tumbled out for 43 in the 19th over, the lowest score by the opposition for 46 years.

Alex Schofield claimed four for 33 from his 14 overs as he helped to lay the foundations for Barkisland’s six wicket Huddersfield League success at Meltham.

Matthew Steers and Chris Williams also chipped in with two wickets each as the hosts were sent scurrying back on 93.

Opener Alex Kaye then held the batting together with an unbeaten 43 while James Summerscales contributed 25 as the total was passed after 22 overs.

Elland were also in winning form as they picked up maximum points from a 10 run victory over Skelmanthorpe.

Daniel Arms (34), Fahid Rehman (27) and Greg Finn (36) all made useful runs at the top of the order as Elland posted a relatively modest 167.

However, Alistair Finn weeded out the top order on the way to figures of four for 27 while Wasim Qasim pretty much accounted for the tail as he claimed three for 43 with Jack Hendy also pitching in with three for 23.

A weakened Lightcliffe side had no answer to Woodlands who jumped up to third in the Bradford League Division One table following their nine wicket success.

Chris Brice claimed four for 23 with Scott Richardson picking up four for 28 as Lightcliffe were dismissed for just 83.

Big-hitting Sarfraz Ahmed was promoted to open the Woodlands innings and he blasted hammered five sixes in his 33 off just 13 balls to bring about an early finish.