Lightcliffe lose to strugglers

Lightcliffe slipped from third to fourth in the Bradford League’s top flight when they suffered a shock home defeat by Farsley, who still went to the foot of the table.

They were undone by visiting captain Ian Philliskirk, who made 91 as his side overhauled Lightcliffe’s 194 for six total with one over and four wickets to spare.

The home total had been based around a typically patient 73 from Chris Taylor with backing from Alex Stead (54).

Brighouse continue at the foot of Division Two after an eight-wicket defeat at Windhill.

Openers Zahir Hussain (52) and Will Smith (32) got the visitors off to a solid start with a 60-run stand but a total of 141 was insufficient, home overseas player Hassan Mehmood making 57 not out.

Illingworth made it three wins on the trot in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe League as they trounced hosts Skipton by 177 runs to keep their promotion hopes very much alive.

Very heavy overnight rain had soaked under the covers and a late start reduced the match to 45 overs. Put into bat the visitors found it difficult early on but a good foundation was created by Richard Farrell Smith’s 52.

At 87 for three at the half way stage the game could have gone either way but Veryan Brooksby with 44 in just 21 balls took the game away from the home side and with Andy Dixon batting with growing confidence to top score with 84 in just 74 balls, there seemed little way back as Illingworth posted a formidable 251 for five.

Brimming with confidence from the previous week’s mauling of Horsforth, the visitors were in no mood to let this slip and with Jamie Moorhouse again ripping out the heart of the innings, Skipton were soon reduced to tatters at 35 for six.

A bit of late hitting from Khan put a better face on it for Skipton with Moorhouse finishing with five for 35 but Sean Stevenson kept up the pressure from the other end with four for 10 and Stuart Thompson finished it off.

A smart fielding display included two superb catches from skipper Luke Brooksby and a good performance behind the sticks from youngster Johnny Lamb.

Leading league placings after 18 matches: Colton 69, Menston 61, Tong Park Esholt 59, Illingworth 53, Silsden 51, Hall Park 45.

Northowram Fields’ losing run in the top section of the Central Yorkshire League drags on after they were batted out of their home game by Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

A 159-run third wicket stand between Tharaka Gunarathne (63) and Michael Padgett (70) helped the Cavaliers to 262 for seven.

Next-to-bottom Fields made 182 in reply after Robert Larner (36) and skipper Tom Marsden (32) had given them a promising start.