Khan stars in Lightcliffe success

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SULEMAN Khan had a fine match on Saturday as Lightcliffe made it third time lucky against Manningham Mills in the Bradford League this season.

Khan, who played for Great Horton in 2011, hit the game’s top score of 48 not out and followed up with five for 26 as Jonathan Wilson’s side avenged earlier league and Priestely Cup defeats by Mills with a 77-run success at Wakefield Road.

Wilson elected to bat and his top three of Alex Lees (39), Chris Taylor (35) and Alex Stead (32) provided a solid platform before number six Khan lifted the total to 202 for six.

Chris Greenwood had sent back Mills’ top three by the time there was 30 on the board and fellow spinner Khan then took over with Josh Wheatley also claiming two victims in an easy win.

Brighouse remain bottom of Division Two after a 68-run home defeat by Spen Victoria.

Chris Maloney’s decision to field paid early dividends when Will Smith and Greg Osborne left Spen five for two but the visitors recovered to 220 for six thanks to half-centuries from ex-Woodlands pair Tosh Baker and Dan Shuffe.

Smith was the pick of the home attack with three for 46 off 15 overs.

Brighouse were 38 for three before a 72-run stand between Dan Dunkerley (54) and Smith (29) gave them hope. However, once that pair had departed the innings subsided quickly to 152 all out.

Qaiser Abbas again showed the value of a good professional with a fine display as Todmorden, fifth in the Lancashire League, beat third-placed visitors Church by five wickets.

The Pakistani moved on to 53 wickets for the season with a superb seven for 53 haul, a run out and two wickets for skipper Andrew Sutcliffe accounting for the rest in a total of 155.

Simon Newbitt (28) and Ben Sutcliffe (16) got Todmorden underway with a good stand of 49 but the outcome was in a bit of doubt when Tod lost three quick wickets. However, Abbas then hit an unbeaten 59 and put on 68 for the fourth wicket with Elliott Gilford (29) to virtually settle matters.

Elland put the previous miserable weekend behind them with a nine-wicket thrashing of visitors Shelley in the Premier Division of the Huddersfield League.

Paul Winrow’s men, who had lost in league and cup on successive days at Shepley, dismissed Shelley for just 80 thanks to a superb 19 over spell from Ibrar Younas.

Younas took eight for 21 and had the visitors 38 for seven at one stage before number 10 Azharullah hit 24.

Elland knocked off the runs inside 25 overs, Winrow departing for 19 with the total on 40 but opening partner Niall Lockley (49 no) completing the task.

Barkisland overcame early problems to run out 52 winners at home to Emley Clarence in the middle section.

The loss of three early wickets put them on the back foot but Jacob Travis (35) and skipper Darren Robinson (45) led a revival and experienced David Weston made 40 not out to boost the total to 174 for nine.

Robinson followed up with five for 10 and Dan Sykes took four for 44 as Clarence fell away badly to 122 all out after looking set to challe4nge the home total.

Northowram Fields slipped to eighth in the Premier Division of the Central Yorkshire League when they were outplayed by third-placed visitors Methley.

The Rams, sent in to bat, quickly lost skipper Tom Marsden and although several players got a start things were looking gloomy at 114 for six. However, stand-in ‘keeper Jason Smith and Zafar Khan both hit 35 to lift the total to a respectable 172 for eight.

The home side were poor in the second half with their bowling lacking penetration and some of the fielding sloppy.

Left hander Nick Connolly, last year’s top batsman in the league with an average of 88, led the reply with 64.

He and Hamid Khan (26) took the total to 68 before both batsmen finished at the same end and Khan was run out.

Connolly eventually departed, caught behind by Jason Smith off Paul Bower, but only 16 were needed at that stage and Marcus Walmsley (43 no) helped clinch victory.

Illingworth, after a five week lay off, looked a shadow of their early-season selves and crashed to a big defeat at Silsden in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe League.

They did well to restrict the home side to 173 for eight with Jamie Moorhouse (three for 47) and Alex Ledger (three for 55) the pick of the bowlers.

Illingworth got off to the worst possible start at 19-3 but with Ben Robertshaw leading the way with 45 they looked in with a shout at 91 for four.

However, a succession of poor shots resulted in them losing their last six wickets for 14 runs.