Alarm bells ring for Lightcliffe

Actions from Lightcliffe v Farsley at Lightcliffe CC, Pictured is Josh Wheatley

Actions from Lightcliffe v Farsley at Lightcliffe CC, Pictured is Josh Wheatley

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Lightcliffe slipped into the Bradford League first division’s drop zone after a seven-wicket defeat at home to Farsley.

It all started so promisingly when skipper Alex Stead (81) and Josh Wheatley (51) added 108 for the first wicket before Wheatley fell to the first ball of the 26th over.

The innings stalled after that with in-form off-spinner Mark Harrison (five for 48) doing the damage.

Lightcliffe were still looking strong at 170 for four in the 44th over but had to settle for 193 for nine.

Farsley, who had started the day in the bottom two, had few problems knocking off the runs, helped by a second-wicket stand of 113 between Jack Holland (64) and Yorkshire second teamer Dan Hodgson (82 no).

Brighouse looked to have a good opportunity for Division Two points away to struggling Idle and grabbed their chance.

Opening bowlers Nadeem Hussain (five for 35) and Aleem Ladak (five for 37) dismissed Idle for 76 and Mo Khurshid’s 39 not out helped the visitors knock off the runs inside 18 overs.

Calderdale’s Huddersfield League pair Elland and Barkisland both lost in the Premiership.

Elland’s 169 for eight proved inadequate against fourth-placed visitors Honley, who won by seven wickets.

Barkisland looked to have done the hard work when Jake Finch and Alex Scholefield took three wickets each to spearhead a strong bowling performance at Golcar.

Needing 150 to win, the visitors were dismissed for 118 with Luke Bridges (37) again their top scorer.

Todmorden’s dismal form in this year’s Lancashire League Twenty/20 competition continued on Friday with a fourth straight group defeat, this time by nine wickets at Rishton.

The Centre Vale men could only muster 93 and South African pro Kelly Smuts hit 63 for the hosts before falling to Stuart Priestley with his side on the brink of victory.

A promising debut from Jonathan Lee was one of the few bright points as Northowram Fields lost by 113 runs at Hopton Mills.

Lee, who joined from Baildon in midweek, took three for 31 but couldn’t stop the hosts motoring to 277 all out on their small ground with opener Ashley Mackereth making 72.

Dewsbury RLFC coach Glen Morrison’s 33 was best in the visitors’ reply of 161 and Northowram are down to fifth.

Andy Dixon made 55 and Stephen Cook took four for 47 but Illingworth had to play second fiddle throughout to high-flying opponents Horsforth in Division Two of the Aire/Wharfe League and lost by 85 runs.

Bradford League

Division One

Lightcliffe v Farsley

Farsley won by 7 wickets

Lightcliffe 4 pts, Farsley 17 pts

LIGHTCLIFFE 193 for nine

A Stead b C Henry 81

J Wheatley c J Holland b M Harrison 51

S Jowett b T Craddock 0

S Khan c J Wainman b T Craddock 97

R Burton c and b M Harrison 25

A Tait c N Laidlaw b M Harrison 0

M Ashraf not out 10

M Horne c and b M Harrison 5

J Whiteoak b M Harrison 3

D Ahmed c M Harrison b C Henry 1

C Greenwood not out 4

Extras 4

Bowling: J Wainman 6.0 1 32 0, J Hendy 7.0 2 25 0, T Craddock 15.0 2 57 2, C Henry 7.0 1 27 2, M Harrison 15.0 3 48 5.

FARSLEY 194 for three

J Holland c and b J Wheatley 64

N Laidlaw b M Ashraf 9

D Hodgson not out 82

G Pickles c and b J Wheatley 30

J Wainman not out 3

Extras 6

Bowling: J Whiteoak 2.0 0 14 0, M Ashraf 6.0 1 21 1, J Wheatley 11.0 0 48 2, S Khan 9.1 1 50 0, C Greenwood 12.0 2 34 0, D Ahmed 6.0 1 21 0.

Division Two

Idle v Brighouse

Brighouse won by 8 wickets

Idle 1 pt, Brighouse 15 pts

IDLE 76

S Curry lbw b N Hussain 0

A Bhogal c Z Hussain b A Ladak 3

V Hadkar c M Khurshid b N Hussain 9

S Price c M Khurshid b N Hussain 4

A Day c M Khurshid b A Ladak 6

M Rafiq b A Ladak 19

I Ahmed c i khailed b A Ladak 6

J Massheder c M Khurshid b N Hussain 19

S Massheder c N Hussain b A Ladak 2

A Robinson not out 5

P Wright b N Hussain 0

Extras 3

Bowling: N Hussain 13.5 2 36 5, A Ladak 13.0 5 37 5.

BRIGHOUSE 77 for two

Z Hussain b I Ahmed 9

A Hussain lbw b I Ahmed 7

M Khurshid not out 39

S Hussain not out 18

Extras 4

Bowling: I Ahmed 9.0 2 40 2, A Robinson 5.0 0 23 0, M Rafiq 3.0 0 6 0, J Massheder 0.4 0 4 0.

Lancashire League

Twenty/20

Rishton v Todmorden

Rishton won by 9 wickets

TODMORDEN 93

F Priestley c Lambert b Mall 22

A Sutcliffe st Nuttall b Mall 11

BA Pearson b Briggs 23

Bilawal Bhatti b Briggs 8

BD Sutcliffe c Smuts b Charlesworth 9

EC Gilford c Boddie b Charlesworth 6

KM Garland run out 1

M Zaman run out 0

M Harlow b Smuts 3

SA Priestley b Boddie 3

Hamza Ali not out 2

Extras 5

Bowling: Smuts 4 1 6 1, Boddie 3.2 0 15 1, Charlesworth 4 0 36 2, Mall 4 0 12 2, Briggs 4 0 22 2.

RISHTON 96 for one

KR Smuts c A Sutcliffe b SA Priestley 63

MJ Nuttall not out 26

B Boddie not out 4

Extras 3

Bowling: B Bhatti 3 0 21 0, Harlow 3.5 1 21 0, A Sutcliffe 3 0 32 0, SA Priestley 4 0 20 1.

Huddersfield League

Premier Division

Elland v Honley

Honley won by 7 wkts. Elland 0 pts, Honley 6 pts.

ELLAND 169 for eight

N Lockley lbw b Denton 29

B Birkhead b Denton 12

C Walker c Jakeman b Howarth 0

R Broom c Wilson b Denton 14

S Sajid b Jakeman 43

W Swift c & b Crispe 0

A Finn c Woodhead b Denton 20

N Desai c Wilson b Taylor 36

T Thornton not out 6

W Gardner not out 2

Extras 7

Bowling: R Howarth 15 2 33 1, S Denton 15 2 58 4, A Crispe 10 1 36 1, A Jakeman 7 0 28 1, T Taylor 3 1 13 1.

HONLEY 173 for three

S Kelly c Broom b Desai 5

T Sykes c Hough b Lockley 67

E Wilson c Hough b Lockley 62

T Taylor not out 23

A Crispe not out 5

Extras 11

Bowled: N Desai 5 1 15 1, A Finn 6 0 39 0, S Sajid 4 0 18 0, C Walker 2 0 18 0, N Lockley 10 0 45 2, R Broom 10 0 37 0.

Golcar 149 (J Finch 3-30, A Scholefield 3-58), Barkisland 118 (L Bridges 37; T Welsford 5-39, J Hargreaves 3-7).

Central Yorkshire League

Championship

Hopton Mills v Northowram Fields

Hopton Mills won by 113 runs. Hopton Mills 6 pts, Northowram Fields 0 pts.

HOPTON MILLS 277

A Mackereth c Morrison b Smith 72

N Browne c Morrison b Norcliffe 40

C Scott c Larner b Norcliffe 6

G Senior lbw b Khan 30

A Grey lbw b Khan 22

S Bland c Patel b Lee 39

M Carroll b Lee 18

B Drake b Khan 7

P Scott not out 2

J Glover b Khan 0

R Myers b Lee 0

Extras 41

Bowling: Z Khan 12 2 54 4, W Parkin 4 0 41 0, J Smith 11 3 63 1, J Norcliffe 11 2 61 2, J Lee 7.4 0 31 3.

NORTHOWRAM FIELDS 161

R Larner b Myers 24

J Majid b Mackereth 24

D Patel c Scott b Carroll 12

S Mahmood lbw b Carroll 0

J Norcliffe c Senior b Mackereth 3

J Lister b Browne 26

G Morrison b Scott 33

J Lee c & b Scott 10

J Smith lbw b Carroll 24

Z Khan b Carroll 0

W Parkin not out 5

Extras 3

Bowling: M Carroll 10.4 1 40 4, R Myers 5 0 28 1, A Mackereth 6 1 22 2, A Grey 6 2 26 0, N Browne 6 1 27 1, P Scott 6 1 21 2.

Aire/Whrafe League

Division Two

Illingworth v Horsforth

Horsforth won by 85 runs. Illingworth 6 pts, Horsforth 19 pts.

HORSFORTH 213

L Harber c M Smith b L Kelly 35

C Gorden b J Moorhouse 41

G Lee b S Cook 22

O Hardaker c L Kelly b J Moorhouse 12

R Sharrocks c B Robertshaw b D Gibbs 11

M Gilliver c M Smith b D Gibbs 18

M Ali c M Sewell b S Cook 16

M Lambert c L Brooksby b S Cook 12

A Robinson c A Dixon b D Gibbs 10

T Bowman not out 15

M Wainwright b S Cook 2

Extras 19

Bowling: L Kelly 8.0 2 38 1, J Moorhouse 15.0 5 42 2, L Brooksby 4.0 1 26 0, D Gibbs 13.0 2 51 3, S Cook 9.4 1 47 4

ILLINGWORTH 128

D Gibbs c C Gorden b A Robinson 5

J Lawton c M Ali b A Robinson 1

A Dixon c L Harber b G Lee 55

B Robertshaw c C Gorden b M Lambert 11

J Lewis lbw b M Lambert 4

M Smith c and b R Sharrocks 25

L Brooksby not out 4

J Moorhouse c G Lee b R Sharrocks 7

S Cook lbw b G Lee 0

L Kelly c C Gorden b R Sharrocks 0

M Sewell c M Gilliver b R Sharrocks 0

Extras 16

Bowling: M Lambert 11.0 4 24 2, A Robinson 11.0 3 19 2, G Lee 10.0 2 42 2, R Sharrocks 9.5 3 27 4.