Young Lightcliffe side through to Second Cup Final in the Heavy Woollen Competition
Professional Polished Performance
A young Lightcliffe side beat New Farnley in their Heavy Woollen semi final on Tuesday to gain a place in the Final - to be held in two weeks time. The Villagers won the toss and fielded first and they initially struggled as New Farnley put bat to ball in a very positive fashion. In the 2nd over the opposition were 22 without loss and seemingly going like a train towards a massive total. Lightcliffe kept their heads though and made a vital breakthrough with a wonderful run out - a great pick up and throw by Lewis Barlow left the opener short of his ground. This opened up the door to further success. Oscar Kellett then picked up a wicket, then another, followed by Christian Cullerton doing the same thing in the next over and the innings became a procession of batsmen. The LCC juniors gained the upper hand and climbed completely on top of their opponents. From 22-0 they were soon 46-9 as wicket after wicket fell. Sam Carrick bowled wonderfully, Ben Horne too, and there were two stumping's from Finn Brookes, catches by Ellis West and Sam Carrick, and some sharp fielding all round by the team. Ellis West - the pick of the bowlers - bowled 3 very tidy overs for just 2 runs. The New Farnley last pair added some stoic resistance and - like the opening batsmen before them - added 22 runs. A total of 68 was well short of a competitive score and credit goes to the youngsters for sticking to their task and hauling the New Farnley innings back after a disastrous beginning.
Sam Carrick (10) and Finn Brookes (20) opened the batting and gave the team a very solid start - putting on 42 for the first wicket. The innings was secure after this point and Ben Horne (13 not out) with Charlie Davy-Walker (7 not out) finished the job - and Lightcliffe were the winners by 8 wickets with 6 overs to spare. The chase was well measured, completely risk free, and with 36 deliveries left to face would have meant that a larger chase of over 100 would have been possible. This is something for some of the young batsmen need to keep in mind for future games.
To reach the Heavy Woollen under 13 cup final is a welcome surprise for the team. They are playing in the league this season for the first time and mainly for additional experience against older (and quite often a lot bigger and stronger) opposition. The plan was to aid future development of the younger players who may have played very little under 13 cricket this season unless a third under 13 team was created. They will maybe win as many as they lose during the season in what is a very competitive league - but to make a final is a welcome bonus. In the semi final there were 7 from the under 11's - all part of the side that lifted the Halifax trophy a few weeks ago - and 4 from the Thursday under 13 teams. They will all no doubt look forward to the final with optimism.