Lightcliffe earn day in spotlight

Suleman Khan showed his all-round talents for Lightcliffe
Suleman Khan showed his all-round talents for Lightcliffe
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Lightcliffe are through to the Bradford League’s Priestley Cup final for the first time in 36 years.

Chris Taylor’s side won by 24 runs at Pudsey St Lawrence yesterday and will meet Hanging Heaton, eight-wicket conquerors of Bradford and Bingley, in the showpiece game at Farsley on Sunday, August 25.

Lightcliffe, who lasted lifted the silverware in 1964, rattled up 288 for six at Tofts Road.

Overseas man Suleman Khan (68) and ex-Saints players Chris Taylor (67), Alex Stead (48) and David Hester (41) all made useful contributions. Ex-Yorkshire paceman Paul Hutchison, who took three wickets, caused them most problems.

Khan followed up with three for 34 as Saints were bowled out for 264 in reply, four of their players making it into the 40s.
The man Lightcliffe will have to watch out for in the final is Hanging Heaton’s ex-Illingworth, Wrenthorpe and Yorkshire player Gary Fellows,

He made 136 as Hanging Heaton, who have also booked a Heavy Woollen Cup final date with New Farnley, made the 254 his side needed against Bradford and Bingley.

Overseas player Geeth Alwis’s second excellent knock of the weekend was in vain for Todmorden in the Lancashire League yesterday.

The Sri Lankan, who made 149 not out in Saturday’s win at Colne, followed up with 98 from 97 balls at home to Church.

However, his 97-ball innings, which included 17 fours, was to no avail when Church pro Kasun Bodhisha hit 102 to help the the visitors overhaul Tod’s 204 for eight with five wickets to spare.