Lightcliffe given derby clash scare

Brighouse’s batting looked to have let them down again as they could only muster 155. Matthew West (46) had given the visitors a solid base be but they had fallen away to 114 before West was the fourth man out.

Nobody else could make a telling contribution, Liam Morris remaining defiant on 18 at the end, as Lightcliffe gave themselves a decent target to aim for, Chris Greenwood helping aid the downfall of his former club with three for 28.

However, Lightcliffe could not get going as they found themselves bogged down and looking in trouble at 81 for six.

Desperately in need of somebody to steady the ship, former Woodlands player Greig Godfrey stepped up to provide the impetus needed with an unbeaten middle order 33 to steer them home.

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LUKE Brooksby and Alex Ledger were again the stars of another Illingworth comeback as the Jammy Green side climbed to second in Division Three with a five wicket win at Skipton. Chasing 214, the pair came together with Illingworth 68 for five and needing to score at six an over. They put on an unbeaten 147 run partnership to see Illingworth home with two overs to spare.

Earlier, the home side had began steadily with the openers putting on 69 before a fine catch from Alex Ledger sent Steve Carling back. Russell Lockley and Pieter Venter put the squeeze on Skipton as the home side progressed to 124 for for with 15 overs left.

Lockley picked up the wicket of Aussie Keiran Williams, but Summersgill and Owens pushed the total up to 185 before Luke Brooksby bowled both. Late hitting saw Skipton finish on a decent 213 for six.

Illingworth quickly lost their top four moving the score to 27. Callum Cook and Brooksby brought some stability to the innings before Cook was bowled for a patient 21.

Skipton looked to be closing in on a shock win until Ledger and Brooksby started scoring quickly.

Illingworth looked in full control until Brooksby skied a catch to the Skipton keeper when on 76. Fortunately for Illingworth, Walker couldn’t hang on and Brooksby made Skipton pay, reaching his maiden first XI century off 92 balls, hitting six fours and five sixes.

Ledger reached his first half century of the season by hitting the winnings runs, finishing on 52 not out from 87 balls.