Lightcliffe lose in the u13 Heavy Woollen Cup Final
Young side come second best on the night
A young Lightcliffe side were well beaten by a strong East Ardsley team on Tuesday. With a team that consisted of 9 players aged 10 or 11, and just 2 aged 12, future seasons should see results like these reversed. The opposition were favourites on the night as they fielded a team that was almost exclusively made up of very big 13 year olds with 5 of them playing senior club cricket every weekend.
Batting first East Ardsley possessed a very powerful and aggressive batting line up, and hit the ball well to all corners. Bowling with slightly less control than in their semi final victory they gave away 27 extras. Lightcliffe weren't quite on their usual top form. Ben Horne was the most economical bowler returning figures of 3-1-8-1, and Ben Ward ,making a comeback after injury, bowled 2 overs for 7 runs. Most of the rest of the attack suffered at the hands of the opposition.
In reply East Ardsley did not take their foot off the gas and opening bowler Thomas Burrows charged in, delivering a controlled spell of quick bowling to try and ensure that Lightcliffe were closed completely out of the game. He yorked Sam Carrick second ball of the innings with a delivery that would have seen the back of almost all batsmen, and Ben Ward soon followed trying to force the pace of the innings. With the game effectively over just after the halfway stage, and with two of the teams main run scorers gone, chasing nearly 8 an over was never on the cards. The side instead decided to focus on batting sensibly and trying to take some positives out of the game. A 50 run partnership between Ben Horne and Finn Brookes - both retiring on 25 - ensured that the team not only saw out the overs but also posted a solid response of 90-4. Will Eyre, Charlie Davy-Walker, and Oscar Kellett all chipped in with useful runs.
The place in the final was slightly fortuitous and never really in the seasons plans - we almost conceded twice and managed more through luck than judgement to navigate our way into the last 2. It will do the players no harm to have some tough games along the way and they weren't disgraced by the result. Out of the 10 games played in the league just the two matches have been one sided and, considering the fact that they are often much younger than many of their opposition, that is quite an achievement in itself. They've gained valuable experience throughout the process and it will set them up well for when many of them step up to open age cricket in the hopefully not too distant future.