LIGHTCLIFFE are looking to build momentum after a shock win at one of the front-runners in the top-flight of the Bradford Premier League.

The Premier Division strugglers had only one win before Saturday and faced what seemed to be an insurmountable challenge when travelling to high-flyers Hanging Heaton.

But Lightcliffe pushed themselves out the bottom two, chasing down Hanging Heaton's 277-8 with two wickets to spare.

A mammoth effort was all the more remarkable considering the visitors had key players missing.

Usual first-team captain Ian Philliskirk was away, so it was up to Chris Silkstone to step into the void.

He said: "We played quite well and we started pretty well.

"In the first 10, they went well and we just kept taking wickets at intervals.

"We had a few players missing as well, so we just had to keep pressuring them.

"It was good to get it because we've lost a couple of close ones recently.

"It was good to get over the line and we can take that into the next few games.

Silkstone said he was particularly impressed with how the whole team stepped up.

One performance that stood out was that of Yasir Abbas.

Bowling is where he usually makes his mark but, due to an injury, Abbas took his talents to batting instead where he hit 73.

Silkstone said: "Yasir Abbas is just batting at the minute, because he can't bowl as he's got a knee problem.

"He took us to within six, which was vital for us."

It was touch-and-go for Lightcliffe throughout their chase at Hanging Heaton, the Halifax side winning in the final over.

Silkstone said: "The last 10 or five overs we were always within a shot of getting the win.

"It was good to get over the line.

"Going forward now, we can know we can compete, we just need to apply ourselves week-in, week-out."

Lightcliffe's chance to put together some much needed form will come at the weekend when they host mid-table Townville.

Their results have been patchy from the off, but two straight victories mean Lightcliffe will have to be on the money again.

Elsewhere, Hanging Heaton face a tough task in trying to bounce back as they face reigning champions Pudsey St Lawrence, who themselves were beaten last time out in the league by leaders Woodlands.

The Oakenshaw pace-setters have a challenging visit to Bradford & Bingley to contend with in a clash of in-form teams.

The division's two bottom sides, Undercliffe and Methley, need points sooner rather than later.

The former have a home tie against New Farnley to look forward to, but their visitors will want to get back to winning ways after two losses on the bounce.

Methley are looking for their first win of the season when they host Wrenthorpe, while Cleckheaton host a dangerous Farsley side who have fit-again James Logan bang in form.