Lightcliffe to an unlikely victory, but he finally fell to a smart Sam Frankland catch in the deep off his skipper’s bowling.  Swanny then bowled Richard Thompson and that was that as far as Lightcliffe were concerned, it was just a matter of whether we could get maximum bowling points and although Chris Brice sneaked a late wicket, we had to settle for an 18-point win.

The Woodlands faithful, who turned up in numbers greater than the home club expected – the programmes had run out early in the first innings – decamped to the warmth of the traditional pavilion satisfied that we had got enough on what was not an easy wicket to bat on.  

Lightcliffe opened their innings with what under better circumstances would be their 2nd XI opening pair, although both are very

Chris Greenwood  -  we had gone from 104-1 to 122-5 and were making heavy weather of it under still leaden skies.  The Nark’s bench, who have long propounded the theory that Sarfraz Ahmed should bat higher in the order, were delighted when he came in at 7 and they felt vindicated when he proceeded to smash a quick 31 (including 22 from one Daany Ahmed over) in adding 56 runs  for the 6th wicket with Logan Weston.  Usman Salim then joined Logan, who played some delightful late dabs off Chris Greenwood to counter the bounce

that he was still getting from the wicket, and they added another 44 runs in the final overs to leave us just 3 runs short of maximum batting points on 222-6 after the end of our allotted 48 overs.  Another fine 50 from Logan came up in 48 balls – he has been very solid in the middle order this season.


Pieter Swanepoel had chosen to bat under gloomy skies.  Spin was introduced after 11 overs in the form of overseas’ Suleman Khan and Josh Wheatley and eventually the breakthrough came with the score at 62 when Duncan Snell was prised out.  Simon Mason was undone by the extra bounce that Chris Greenwood was extracting form the Wyke end before Sam Frankland was induced into a loose shot by young Daany Ahmed in his first over and fell 6 runs of what would have been a deserved half-century.  Chris Brice fell first ball and although Scott Richardson looked in good touch, he was soon bowled by

The 1st XI travelled the short distance to the countryside of Lightcliffe on a miserable day when the drizzle which had fallen for most of the morning bated in time for the game to start with the loss of only 4 overs.  Lightcliffe, lying comfortably in mid-table in the league, were forced to field a weakened side due to the continuing absence of skipper Chris Taylor, the departure of Charlie Roebuck and the unavailability of Yorkshire’s Moin Ashraf and Ollie Robinson and their makeshift opening pair of young Evan Edwards and Alex Stead failed to make an impression on the Woodlands openers after skipper




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Suleman Khan
Pavilion and Church – a fine setting
Woodlands CC
Logan dabbed to good effect

The damp day seemed to put a bit of a damper on our bowling which lacked bite - our three attack bowlers took only three wickets between them - and we shall have to be sharper next week when we entertain league leader’s Cleckheaton who won a tight game with third-placed Pudsey St Lawrence today. 

Scott was the pick of our bowlers

capable batsmen, and they were untroubled by our opening attack on a wicket which had been deadened by the heavy roller.   It was not until Scott Richardson was introduced that the first wicket fell when Michael Brooke was bowled. Scott was bowling well and followed this success by hitting the wickets again to get rid of the dangerous Alex Stead before enticing Rhys Jowett to give Chris Brice an easy catch.  Suleman Khan was not coming when Josh Wheatley called for a quick single and Lightcliffe were in trouble at 58-4.  Khan, with two centuries to his name this season, looked solid and added 31 with skipper Jockey Wilson (Scott Richardson’s  4th victim for 12) and then 46 with Richard Thompson as skipper Swanepoel rang the bowling changes.  The pundits were beginning to think that perhaps Khan could  lead