Kelso cracks it for 'Cliffe
Lightcliffe 3rdXI 154-2 beat Almondbury Wesleyans 152-7 by 8 wickets
Halifax Sunday Cricket League Division 1. Sunday 10th September
With the league won with 2 matches to spare, hosts Almondbury Wesleyans entered into the spirit of “Getting The Game On” by contributing to an entertaining rain-reduced 20 over a side match where on the whole, free flowing batting dominated.
The green environs of Kaye Lane Almondbury, was a new venue for Lightcliffe’ Sunday side and with rain being the likely winner, the host were asked to bat first in the short format match.
Opening “bowler” Tammeer showed the Wesleyans captain why he should be classed as All Rounder as he moosed Lightcliffe’s opening bowlers for a quick-fire 50 with some unconventional, yet well timed shots.
Upon a pre-agreed retirement, the change bowling of under 14s Anthony Ellwood’s flighted off spin and veteran “I only play a game year now” Mick Wood clawed the visitors back into the game, with 2 and 4 wickets apiece, as Almondbury’s shuffled batting line up offered up strokes of varying quality.
The fielding was noteable for a couple of “moments”. James Lunn putting his body on the line, suffered a wobbly leg moment on taking one in the thigh at extra cover, (give it a rub afterwards young man), whilst there was a rare catch in the deep for Aidan “empty bucket” Edwards. With spread betting heavily in the batsman’s favour, Lightcliffe’s musical magician pouched a swirling catch, but failed to sufficiently impress a hard-nosed umpire, who declined to hand the big man the fielding point (thanks, Dad…)
Nevertheless Wesleyans posted a respectable 152, which on a wet pitch, looked a good total.
Captain Bruce Lunn was however in no mood to hold back as he managed to play some cultured strokes for a measured 52, whilst David Heath used the openers berth as a chance to enhance his running quick singles routine.
The total still looked sizeable as Marcus Kelly arrived at the crease. Falling 5 runs short of a ton last outing, Marcus was in cracking form and continued where he left off 2 weeks previous, smiting the bowling with panache and no little muscle, to all corners.
Such was his unbridled exuberance that even a maximum over Long On, smashing the windscreen of a car in the process (his own!) failed to dampen his resolve to retire unbeaten.
Nevertheless Lightcliffe required 9 runs from two and 5 runs from the final over of a well-balanced contest played in good spirit. As the rain arrived for a permanent stay, Josh Booth kept focused in hitting a two and thence a boundary to win with 2 balls to spare.
In doing, the sporting Wesleyans side lost their unbeaten record for the season.