Roebuck boosts Lightcliffe

Lightcliffe went into today’s home match with Pudsey Congs with just a chink of light in the Bradford League title race.

Jonathan Wilson’s side won again yesterday, against Hanging Heaton, while former runaway leaders Woodlands suffered a second successive defeat.

Woodlands’ loss to East Bierley left them 19 points ahead of Clackheaton, 24 in front of Lightcliffe and 26 ahead of East Bierley with two games left.

Lightcliffe, enjoying a fine season after promotion, produced a fine fightback to take 18 points from their trip to Hanging Heaton.

They were in big trouble at 46 for five in reply to the hosts’ 211 for eight, Chris Greenwood and Alex Stead having taken three wickets each.

However, Charlie Roebuck struck an unbeaten 129, hitting a six and 19 fours, and put on 100 in a match-winning stand with Josh Wheatley (27 no).

Brighouse are in grave danger of finishing bottom of the league for the second successive year after losing by 23 runs at home to fellow strugglers Idle.

Harpal Singh made 77 as Idle compiled a score of 198 despite Kamran Khan ( seven for 65) producing the day’s best bowling figures. Brighouse finished on 175 for seven after Zahir Hussain had made 58.

Elland’s Lorenzo Ingram showed why he has been presented with the Huddersfield League’s overseas player of the year award against Hall Bower on Saturday.

The West Indian made 87 and he and skipper Paul Winrow, who hit 66 not out down the order, took the Hullen Edge men to 193 for seven.

Hall Bower lost their openers without a run on the board and although they rallied to 114 for four, Ibbi Younas (five for 51) and Chris Goulden (three for 46) finished off the visitors for 151.

Younas was joining Goulden and Ingram - who didn’t bowl on Saturday - in passing 50 wickets for the season.

Barkisland kept their promotion hopes alive in the middle section with victory at Thongsbridge, who were above them in the top four.

Thongsbridge made 104 and Barkisland passed their total with seven wickets down, Callum Thompson scoring 33 not out.

Northowram Fields were unable to move towards safety in the Central Yorkshire League’s top division, losing by two wickets at home to fellow strugglers Batley.

The Rams took one point to their visitors’ four and are eighth, at the head of a group of five teams separated by four points with two Saturdays to go.

Jacon Waterson added another 69 runs to his fine season tally and the Rams recovered from a slow start - 63 for one after 25 overs - to post 185 for nine with Ben Grech’s 36 the next highest score.

Batley got off a flying start in reply but were pegged back by Jason Smith’s three for 23 in 15 overs, Batley hitting the winning boundary off the second ball of the last over.

Illingworth’s promotion hopes in the Aire/Wharfe League were ended when they suffered a dramatic one-wicket home defeat at the hands of lowly Alwoodley.

On the sunniest day of the season Illingworth reserved one of their poorest batting displays to stumble to a paltry 103 as they never got to grips with the spin attack of the Leeds side, led by ex-Wrenthorpe player Barry McCormack.

Even at the half way stage with the home side posting 72 for three there was little sign of what was to follow.

A wicket immediately after drinks preceded a complete collapse with only James Lawton (40) offering any resistance.

Few would have bet against an easy victory for the away side at the interval but all credit to the Illingworth bowlers as they tore into the visitors.

Jamie Moorhouse and Luke Brooksby immediately made huge holes in the upper order and when Alex Ledger took a stunning catch in the gully to remove the dangerous McCormack to plunge the visitors to 31 for seven it looked as though an extraordinary fight back was on the cards.

Even at 53 for eight the odds were on the home side but with Trunks edging to his 50 and the Alwoodley tail giving him tenacious support the visitors clawed their way to the narrowest of victories and consigned Illingworth to another season in Division Three.

Todmorden are fourth in the Lancashire League after a thrilling one-run win at Bacup.

Home opener Jack McGregor made an unbeaten 100 from 140 balls but his side were unable to get the 14 runs they needed from the final over, bowled by ex-Mytholmroyd player Paul Senior.

Todmorden had made 201 for eight with runs from Ben Sutcliffe (38), skipper Andrew Sutcliffe (37), professional Qaiser Abbas (35), Simon Newbitt (22) and Stuart Priestley (17 not out) and Pakistani Abbas followed up with four for 60 while Senior took three for 57.