Last-ball agony for Lightcliffe

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AFTER snatching a dramatic victory at Farsley on Bank Holiday Monday, Lightcliffe had the tables turned on them by Cleckheaton on Saturday and slipped below those rivals to sixth in Division One of the Bradford League.

In a 30 over contest, Lightcliffe made 137 for six and were looking good when Yorkshire’s Moin Ashraf (five for 28) and Chris Greenwood (two for 14) reduced Cleckheaton to 34 for seven.

Wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson added 34 with Ian Wood and 30 with Iain Wardlaw (21) but at 98 for nine his side were still very much up against it.

However, Nicholson (56 not out) and last man Andrew Deegan (8 no) refused to give in and whittled away at the deficit until they required six from the final over bowled by Alex Stead.

The pair took four runs off the first five balls and Deegan hit the last for two to grab the spoils.

Earlier, Chris Taylor (27) and Stead (21) had spearheaded Lightcliffe’s batting effort.

BRIGHOUSE slipped back to second from bottom of the Bradford League’s second division after a 45-run defeat away to fellow strugglers Idle.

The visiting bowlers cut little ice as Idle, sent in to bat, made 167 for two off 38 overs with half-centuries from openers Wajid Hussain (63 no) and Amrit Bhogal (53).

Brighouse lost Zahir Hussain without a run on the board and slipped to 42 for five before Tahir Majid and Matthew Senior added 52.

Majid went on to make 50 not out but once Senior had departed for 15 he received little support and the visitors were all out for 123.

ILLINGWORTH leap-frogged three clubs into second place in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe League after a nail biting win at North Leeds side New Rover.

They came through with just two wickets and eight balls to spare and have the opportunity on Saturday at home to Addigham to consolidate their top two position.

Six overs were lost but New Rover got off to a perfect start with a century opening stand on a wicket which had been well protected.

Stuart Thompson engineered the first breakthrough but at 125 for one at the halfway stage a big total looked in prospect.

The visitors stuck to their guns without their bowlers ever being on top form and despite conceding 18 off the last over were reasonably satisfied in restricting the free scoring home side to 235 for five.

Illingworth looked to be turning the tables when Sean Stevenson and Richard Farrell Smith added 33 for the first wicket but one wicket rapidly became four and at 49 for four there looked no way back.

Ben Robertshaw had other ideas, racing to 63 off just 64 balls - his first senior 50 - and he and Alex Ledger (42) added 106 for the fifth wicket.

Both fell in quick succession and at 164 for six and eight runs an over needed it looked a tall order.

Skipper Luke Brooksby, partnered by Stephen Cook and then Jamie Moorhouse, managed to keep up to the asking rate with a mixture of judicious hitting and good running between the wickets.

Brooksby fell with just two runs needed for 42 off 28 balls, leaving Thompson to hit the winning run and crown a terrific fightback.

ELLAND beat Delph and Dobrcoss by 97 runs in one of only a handful of games played in Huddersfield League on Saturday.

The Hullen Edge ground-staff, players from both sides and officials deserved plenty of praise for the game going ahead.

Elland were sent in to bat for a 30 overs per side contest and Niall Lockley and skipper Paul Winrow were soon cracking the ball around the ground.

Ex-Illingworth player Lockley made 63 in an opening stand of 124 and has now amassed 449 runs this season.

Winrow went on to make 116 not out - his best performance for at least two years - as Elland notched a useful 213 for three.

Delph were soon 37 for three and behind the required run rate with Arron Lilley, hoping to be first Huddersfield League batsman this season to reach 500 runs, left 14 short when out for 14.

Lorenzo Ingram took three for 14 as Delph laboured to 120 for nine and Elland took five points but saw their lead cut to two when Hoylandswaine picked up six points against Marsden.

Barkisland’s home game with Meltham in the middle section failed to get under way due to a waterlogged ground.

TODMORDEN’S Twenty/20 against Lowerhouse fell victim to the weather on Friday night and Lowerhouse won a bowl out 4-2 but Tod still top Group C.

NORTHOWRAM Fields’ home game against Altofts in the Central Yorkshire League was washed out.