Oliver stars in Lightcliffe win

Lightcliffe's Oliver Robinson
Lightcliffe's Oliver Robinson

Lightcliffe gained a second win over Bradford League giants Woodlands in quick succession yesterday.

Chris Taylor’s side followed up their Priestley Cup victory with a 40-run success over the champions for the last two years in Division One.

Lightcliffe elected to bat at Wakefield Road and they posted a useful 253 for five, thanks to Alex Stead (94) and Taylor (64) who put on 154 for the second wicket and Oliver Robinson’s quickfire unbeaten 58.

Robinson then showed his prowess with the ball, taking four for 51 to help dismiss Woodlands for 213 in reply. Simon Mason made a fine 102 for the visitors.

Brighouse got back to winning ways in Division Two, winning by 16 runs at Gomersal to go third from bottom.

Zahir Hussain (57) and Muhammad Khurshid (32) showed the way to a total of 211 after the visitors had been tottering at 87 for five.

Muhammed Hafeez (four for 37) and Johannes Van Ee (three for 57) limited Gomersal to 195 for nine, number nine James Russell (41 no) frustrating Brighouse at the end.

There were mixed fortunes for Calderdale pair Elland and Barkisland in the top section of the Huddersfield League.

Elland crushed visitors Marsden by seven wickets with the help of back to form spinner Chris Goulden’s four for 29 and 77 from bang-in-form Niall Lockley, who reached 50 off 20 balls.

Barkisland suffered a painful one-wicket home defeat by Hoylandswaine, who got the winning runs with three ball left.

Lorenzo Ingram (103 no) and Jamie Summerscales (60) continue to be the key pair with the bat for Barkisland, who totalled 232 for seven.

Present and past Yorkshire players Alex Morris (47) and Joe Sayers (92 no) gave the visitors a strong platform but Chris Greenwood instigated a collapse with six for 94 off 23 overs.

However, Sayers and last man Ryan Copley (19 no) got the winning runs to the frustration of the home contingent.

Northowram Fields backed up their stunning win at Wrenthorpe with a first six-point success of the season at home to Birstall in the Central Yorkshire’s Premier Division.

They racked up a season’s best 275 for nine with Aussie Jeremy Smith making 77 and adding 90 for the third wicket with Jason Smith (31).

Chris Metcalf ended his run drought with 66 not out off 55 balls and last man Chris Thompson made an unbeaten 31 to turn the screw on the visitors.

Zafar Khan made the initial breakthroughs and some decent bowling was backed by excellent fielding and catching, capped by Dru Patel’s effort to finish off the visitors for 191.

Illingworth were no match for Aire/Wharfe League Division Three leaders Skipton, who completed a double over Luke Brooksby’s side.

The home men went into the game on the back of some good form and although Jamie Moorhouse claimed an early wicket, Steve Carling (65) and ex-Lightcliffe player Richard Nichols (55) helped the visitors to 235 all out.

Brooksby took four for 68.

Illingworth were soon 37 for five in reply and it took some determined batting from Alex Ledger (49 no) and James Lawton (30) to get them up to 129 all out.