Ace Khan back for more at Lightcliffe

Actions from the Bradford League Twenty/20 semi-final, Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs at Lightcliffe.'Picured is Suleman Khan batting for Lightcliffe.
Actions from the Bradford League Twenty/20 semi-final, Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs at Lightcliffe.'Picured is Suleman Khan batting for Lightcliffe.

Suleman Khan has agreed to play for Lightcliffe CC for a fourth season.

The Pakistani was the top all-rounder in Division One of the Bradford League last summer, winning the Sir Learie Constantine Trophy.

The 31-year-old, who bats right-handed but bowls slow left-arm orthodox, helped the Wakefield Road side to ninth place.

That was a slight disappointment after 2013, when Lightcliffe won the Priestley Cup and finished sixth, but came against a backdrop of ex-county batsman and skipper Chris Taylor quitting in May and not playing again.

Khan finished sixth in league batting averages this year - just behind teammate Alex Stead - with 715 runs at 42.06 and 11th among the bowlers with 40 wickets at 16.10.

Club secretary Nigel Broadent said: “To re-sign `Sully’ was a great Christmas present for the club and I think it could be a season to remember for all the right reasons.”

Spinner Chris Greenwood, a former Halifax League averages winner, has committed himself to the club for another season.

Stead will be captain next season with Jonathan Wilson, who took over when Taylor stepped down, second in command.

Lightcliffe are hoping Taylor will play in 2015 and are hoping to make a couple more signings.

They are looking for a seam bowler and an extra batsman to give their order more depth.

The club’s winter nets will be on Mondays from January 26 at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School with sessions for juniors from 6pm until 8pm and for seniors from 8pm until 10pm.