Lightcliffe pair hit centuries

ALEX Stead and Suleman Khan kept Lightcliffe on a roll in the Bradford League’s top flight with a century each as the Calderdale side beat Bradford & Bingley by 58 runs.

They stay fourth because the sides above them, Woodlands, Cleckheaton and East Bierley, also won.

Stead and Khan came together at 27 for two and added 190 with Khan finally departing for 106 off 98 balls with six sixes and 12 fours.

Stead was the fourth and last man out with the total on 272, his 128 including seven sixes and 10 fours.

Chasing 283 for victory, Bradford & Bingley made 224 for nine, frustraing their hosts by fighting back from 103 for seven.

James Davies made 54 and number nine Harry Smallwood 40 not out at the end to deny Lightcliffe maximum points, Khan taking three for 46.

Brighouse’s struggle in Division Two continued with a seven-wicket home defeat by Baildon.

Will Smith again got a fair proportion of their runs - 39 out of 87 this week - with opener Dominic Walsh (15) the only other player in double figures.

Brighouse battled for 45 overs for their total but Baildon knocked off the runs in 24 overs with 48 not out from Jonny Reynolds, Kamran Khan picking up a couple of wickets.

IT was a disappointing day for Calderdale pair Elland and Barkisland in the Huddersfield League.

Elland slipped 15 points behind Hoylandswaine at the top of the Premier Division when they collapsed to a 24-run defeat at lowly Marsden.

Spinner Chris Goulden dismissed the home top four as Marsden were reduced to 78 for five but a 93-run stand between Chris Kilner (80 no) and Alistair Farrell (29) lifted their total to 186 for eight.

Elland recovered from the early loss of their openers to reach 154 for four with 68 from West Indian Lorenzo Ingram and 31 from Dominic Finn but then lost their last six wickets for the addition of only eight runs.

Barkisland lost the leadership of the Frank Platt Championship to Thongsbridge when they went down by two wickets at Meltham.

Barkisland made 172 with 36 from captain Darren Robinson, 36 from Johnny Whiteoak, 28 from Richard Whiteoak and 25 from Matthew Steers.

Steers followed up with four wickets and Robinson three to put Barkisland on top but ninth-wicket pair Simon Kenworthy (42 no) and Rohan Randhawa (25 no) had the decisive say.

Thongsbridge collected six points against Armitage Bridge but Lepton Highlanders’ defeat at Holmfirth provided some good news for Barkisland.

NORTHOWRAM Fields dropped into the relegation zone in the Central Yorkshire League’s top flight when they went down by three wickets at home to fellow strugglers Birstall.

Young wicketkeeper/batsman Ben Grech made 44 and the hosts were making slow if steady progress at 116 for three, their cause not being helped by the temporary retirement by Mark Gilliver with a pulled muscle.

However, some poor shots left them 125 for eight and the Rams were grateful to 26 not out from Zafar Khan to lift the total to 155.

Former Indian test batsman Connor Williams, already well past 1,000 runs for the season, was the big threat and he duly made 53 before departing to Khan.

In a fairly tight finish, the visitors always just had the situation in control and won with a couple of overs to spare.

ILLINGWORTH were 27-run winners at Horsforth Hall Park to leapfrog their opponents inmto fifth place in the Aire/Wharfe League Division Three table.

Batting first, Illingworth looked to have taken the wrong option when they slumped to 63 for four and 92 for six.

However, good late knocks from skipper Luke Brooksby (34) and Jamie Moorhouse (23 no), added to overseas player Sean Stevenson’s earlier 49 off 64 balls, helped boost the score to an unlikely 169.

The Illingworth bowlers were more than up to defending that total with a superb all round effort from Stevenson, who grabbed five for 18 and was aided by two catches from Mat Sewell and a stunning slip catch from Stu Thompson.