New-look Lightcliffe bid to go one better

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For a few glorious moments at the end of last season Lightcliffe thought they were going to be Bradford League champions on their return to the top section.

It didn’t quite happen, as Woodlands pulled a dramatic victory out of the fire, but new skipper Chris Taylor’s side will be looking to go one better this time.

Lightcliffe host Bradford and Bingley in tomorrow’s opener (1.0) and have some new signings on their books.

Dave Hester has joined from Pudsey St Lawrence and will bat at four while the highly-regarded all-rounder Oliver Robinson has moved up from Kent.

Former Yorkshire seamer Oliver Hannon-Dalby is also on board when commitments with Warwickshire allow.

The towering former Copley junior should certainly have opposition batsmen on their toes once the wickets firm up.

Taylor is delighted to be welcoming back Sully Khan, due to arrive today, for another campaign.

The final piece in the signings jigsaw is pace ace Rasool who has joined from Yeadon.

“He is a consistent 40 wickets a season man”, said Taylor.

“The team is hopeful of going one better than last year’s second and lifting the trophy.

“We hope to get off to a flyer, but have a tough first few games.”

In Division Two, Brighouse open with a trip to Windhill and hope to improve on another year of struggle in 2012.

They have a new skipper in ex-Lightcliffe and Gomersal player Umar Salim, his predecessor Will Smith having joined neighbours Hartshead Moor.

Matthew Senior has gone to Central Yorkshire League newcomers Rodley but Brighouse have recruited experienced all-rounder Sadaqat Zuman from Great Horton plus left arm spinner Sohail Hussain from Idle.

In the last week Brighouse have added six more players to their squad - Zafar Jadoon and Muhammad Khurraid from Apperley Bridge and Mohammed Daud, Adam Ashraf, Zabir Ashraf and Jamil Akhtar from Great Horton.

Andrew Uttley has left and joined Bankfoot