Roebuck sets the standard with opening day ton

Actions from Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley, cricket at Lightcliffe CC.'Pictured is Oliver Robinson.
Actions from Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley, cricket at Lightcliffe CC.'Pictured is Oliver Robinson.

Charles Roebuck made a blistering start to the season as his century launched Lightcliffe to an opening day victory over Bradford & Bingley in Division One of the Bradford League.

Roebuck was chosen to open the batting after Alex Lees was forced to withdraw having been recalled by Yorkshire.

He totally dominated the Bradford & Bingley attack, plundering 126 in an unbroken opening stand of 156 with Chris Taylor who contributed 22.

Earlier Bradford & Bingley had been skittled for 155 despite the best efforts of Alex Atkinson (51) and skipper Phil Slater (32), Lightcliffe’s county fast bowler Moin Ashraf picking up three for 40 in the 10 wicket success.

There was no such first day joy for Brighouse who suffered a five wicket defeat at the hands of Windhill in Division Two.

Windhill’s new boys Shoaib Iqbal (three for 15) and Andy Parratt (three for 33) were the tormentors-in-chief as they helped bowl out Brighouse for just 87.

Greg Osborne did his best to bring some respectibility to the proceedings by claiming three wickets for just one run from his three overs, but Jack Holland (38) and Joshua Brooksbank (35) guided Windhill to their target.

Greg Finn hit an unbeaten 55 which helped Elland secure a two wicket win at Marsden on the opening day of the Huddersfield League Premier Division season.

Finn secured the win off the penultimate ball as his side reached 163 for eight in reply to Marsden’s 162 for eight.

I. Younas kept the home side’s target to a manageable level by claiming four for 62.

Illingworth took a weakened side to Skipton due to injury and unavailabilities and were soundly beaten by a rejuvenated Skipton side which finished bottom of Aire Wharfe Division Three last year.

The visitors were their own worst enemies, dropping both home openers a number of times and they took full advantage putting 125 on for the first wicket.

Worse was to come as Stephen Carling proceeded to his hundred after being dropped twice more before he was comprehensively bowled by overseas man Matthew Battle.

At 180 for one with 10 overs to go, Skipton were totally dominant but credit to the visitors who hung in and restricted the home side to 238 with Jamie Moorhouse bowling with damaged fingers the most economical.

The Illingworth bowlers bowled too many bad balls and were not helped by fielders failing to hang on to catches.

Illingworth needed a performance with the bat, but Skipton were in no mood to release their grip on the game.

Bowling a much tighter line, and getting more out of the wicket as a result, the visitors found progress difficult and youngsters Ben Robertshaw and Matty Smith put on 23 for the first wicket before they were parted.

Battle looked in no trouble until he hit across the line and was bowled and wickets fell at regular intervals with the visitors having no answer to the seaming ball.

Karl Gornall top scored for the visitors with 17, coming in at No 10, in a game they will want to quickly put behind them.